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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
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Composed and Produced by:
James L. Venable

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Dell Hake
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Varèse Sarabande
(September 11th, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release, but completely out of print. A song album with explicit lyrics was released concurrently by Universal Records.
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Buy it... only if you seek a brief orchestral souvenir from the Kevin Smith parody films of the era, even if it doesn't even qualify as particularly memorable comedy material.

Avoid it... if you, like 99.8% of those who view this film, are interested in the numerous songs heard in the production, none of which appear on this score-only product.
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WRITTEN 9/29/01, REVISED 2/10/09
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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back: (James L. Venable) This asinine production, advertised as the final film of director Kevin Smith's acclaimed New Jersey chronicles (a series of cult driven urban flicks which included Clerks, Mall Rats, and Chasing Amy), is a spin-off of some of the concepts in that series, with the popular characters of Jay and Silent Bob deciding to get even with the world. Upon learning that a "Bluntman and Chronic" film is going to be made about them (but without providing them with any royalties), they set out on a journey across the country to Hollywood, where they are determined to destroy the film. The clumsy and often drugged pair live out all their fantasies along their way, including appearances by God, Star Wars idols, famous Hollywood stars, and countless beautiful women who all look like casting rejects from Charlie's Angels. Then, of course, there's the orangutan, but we won't go into that. Having already collaborated with Smith, the relatively unknown composer James L. Venable, who had spent most of his career writing for television, was called upon to write a farce. While even Clerks had a Venable score previously, nothing had warranted the recording of music of this magnitude in the series until this point. The fantasy nature of the film opened many musical doors for Venable, who did a decent job of exploring each of them just enough to qualify the score as a farce. He would make something of a career out of such music, causing film music collectors to release a collective groan when seeing his name attached to a project. The music for Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, though, stops a few steps short of being the kind of full-blown parody effort that could elevate compete at a level like John Powell's just previous Evolution. Perhaps the best example of a top notch, silly parody score of that era was Muppets from Space by Jamshied Sharifi, who incorporated a perfect blend of snazzy lounge pieces with overwhelming orchestral sequences of harmonic bliss. Venable's score concentrates on the urban acoustics that you would expect for the title characters, with lengthy sequences of the score devoted to hip performances of rock band elements and their associated sounds from the 1970's and 1980's.

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gayle - April 3, 2006, at 5:45 a.m.
1 comment  (1946 views)
what is that song at the begining   Expand >>
amanda jimenez - August 23, 2005, at 10:11 a.m.
2 comments  (3494 views)
Newest: May 21, 2006, at 9:19 a.m. by
name of the tite song
nick - August 10, 2004, at 8:58 a.m.
1 comment  (2021 views)
Song with the devils...
MaX - January 17, 2004, at 7:45 p.m.
1 comment  (1545 views)
whats the song in the restaurant when jay is humpin the cup   Expand >>
Matt - November 28, 2003, at 10:13 a.m.
3 comments  (2974 views)
Newest: December 11, 2003, at 12:11 p.m. by
Gideon Bayle
Dell Hake composer   Expand >>
Stella Webber - November 7, 2003, at 1:32 p.m.
1 comment  (2489 views)

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Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 39:58
• 1. A Long Time Ago (0:32)
• 2. Eighties Style (0:30)
• 3. What Money? (1:09)
• 4. Holden's Pad (2:10)
• 5. You're Doing It All Wrong (1:36)
• 6. Ladies, Ladies, Ladies (1:26)
• 7. Devil Devil (0:27)
• 8. Angel (0:50)
• 9. A Kiss for Good Luck (1:11)
• 10. Time to Shine (1:34)
• 11. The Girls Shine (1:56)
• 12. The Little Stoner Was Right! (0:42)
• 13. What Are We Supposed to Do/Justice (1:09)
• 14. Marshall Willenholly (1:19)
• 15. Justy's Monkey (0:59)
• 16. Roswell Style (0:50)
• 17. Not on My Watch (0:36)
• 18. Almost Caught (1:41)
• 19. Jay and Silent Bob Flee (1:36)
• 20. Put the Monkey Down! (1:57)
• 21. Justice Decides/Running Around Miramax Suite (2:06)
• 22. Ben and Matt (1:27)
• 23. Bluntman vs. Cocknocker (2:04)
• 24. Chronic vs. Cocknocker (1:12)
• 25. Are You Guys Alright?/A Lot of Love in the Room (3:17)
• 26. Theater Exit (1:17)
• 27. Girl Fight (3:27)
• 28. God Says Goodbye (0:18)

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The insert includes a list of performers, but no extra information about the score or film.
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