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Dick
(1999)
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Virgin Records America
(August, 1999)

Promotional
(September, 1999)
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The promotional release was only made available through soundtrack specialty outlets. The song album is a regular commercial release.
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Buy it... on the very brief promotional album only if you specifically noted the impact of John Debney's sleazy parody score in the film.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear a really balanced representation of the music heard in the film, which would require both the promo and the commercial song album to satisfyingly recreate.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,269
WRITTEN 8/20/99, REVISED 6/13/08
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Dick: (John Debney) With a significant chunk of the acting crew from "Saturday Night Live" in tow, Dick is a childish attempt to bring political satire about one of America's darkest White House chapters down to the level of dumb, skit-like jokes. It proposes that two young women with about half a brain between them became embroiled in the Watergate scandal through an accidental association with Richard Nixon, a premise that has intriguing possibilities but never really goes anywhere. The entire production is a tongue-in-cheek laugh about the events, with so little respect paid to actual history that the film doesn't work on any level. As usual for this kind of picture, Dick utilizes a broad selection of disco and rock songs from the era, largely upstaging composer John Debney's score for the film. His minimal contribution, however, is not without its influence, for Debney very well extends the spirit that the film was attempting to convey and writes music that merges well with the collection of songs. For the composer, this project came sandwiched in between the mainstream efforts of Inspector Gadget and End of Days, destined to be forgotten if not for a short promotional release pressed by Debney's representatives. The composer stated that his inspirations for Dick were the crime capers of the 1960's and 70's, including "The Pink Panther" and "The Man from UNCLE." The European jazz (of faux-sophistication here) takes pages from the careers of Francis Lai, Henry Mancini, and Michel Legrand. The environment of the smoky lounge is a perfect representation for Nixon and his administration; not only were they crooks, but they were sleazy slimeballs, too, which Debney very astutely addresses with the tone of his music. There is parody at hand as well, another concept at which Debney is well skilled. It's not really the kind of listening experience that anyone will be clamoring for, but the score does serve to further expose Debney's talents and sense of humor for a project that obvious was much fun for which to contribute.



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Average: 2.48 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Promotional Release Tracks   ▼Total Time: 26:04
• 1. Watergate Break-in (2:34)
• 2. Skipping Through Town (1:12)
• 3. Lounge-Y Dick (1:26)
• 4. Lip Gloss Intrigue (1:06)
• 5. Girls See Liddy (1:36)
• 6. Arlene Swoons/Shredding the Evidence (1:32)
• 7. Dreams of Dick (0:34)
• 8. The Phone is Tapped (0:34)
• 9. Breezy Day (1:13)
• 10. "I Honestly Love You" (Arlene Vocal) (0:52)
• 11. Discovering the Tape (1:27)
• 12. High School Band (0:36)
• 13. Arlene is Heartbroken (0:48)
• 14. Followed by Dick Montage (2:01)
• 15. The New Boyfriend (1:30)
• 16. Spies (0:45)
• 17. The Robbery/Escape (2:01)
• 18. Driving the Girls Insane (1:33)
• 19. "I Thought You Were Cute" (0:39)
• 20. Skipping Reprise (1:12)
Commercial Release Tracks   ▼Total Time: 50:37

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Neither insert includes any information or credits regarding the score. The promotional album does have a more natural photo of Debney than the one included in the Inspector Gadget promo.
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