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

Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Dell Hake

Varèse Sarabande

Release Date:
September 11th, 2001

Also See:
Muppets from Space

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25. Are You Guys Alright? (0:30):
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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.

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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It is often said that the key to a successful parody score is to treat the film as if it were completely serious. Venable doesn't accomplish that style, instead allowing the tone of the score to degenerate more often than not into the realms of sleazy or outwardly comedic. Electric organs, keyboards, and countless looped rhythms punctuate several scenes of the more sensuous kind, with the girl fight at the end tearing into a full electronica statement of synthetic ruckus. Since the film also inspired a explicit-lyric song album release, the mass of movie-goers who actually went to see this film in the theatres are probably going to be more interested that song compilation, coupled with the pop rhythms on the score album. Left out of the mix during much of the score product is Venable's orchestral material. Generally speaking, the orchestral portion of Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is leagues behind Sharifi's Muppets from Space, and levels out at about the lower end of John Debney's auto-pilot parody work. It may have been a worthy accomplishment in Venerable's resume at the time, but similar music has existed in better form for countless other productions. As far as statements of popular themes are concerned, Venable does snag a few measures from Star Wars action cues in "Bluntman vs. Cocknocker," but other than that, he doesn't quote enough thematic material from pop culture to make this score stand out. The orchestral title theme is an abbreviated cross between the themes of Jerry Goldsmith's The Shadow and Hans Zimmer's The Peacemaker, but it never fully expands into a lengthy enough orchestral performance to be satisfying. Unlike David Newman's Bill and Ted parody music, Venable's chorus never really takes flight either, employed in only slight, fifteen-second bursts of angelic sound. The only reflective and substantial orchestral cue on the entire album is "Are You Guys Alright?," providing a surprisingly enjoyable keyboard performance for the characters' more sensitive side. In the end, though, there simply isn't enough notable stand-alone music from Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back to make many people excited about this out-of-print album (which, incidentally, had a not-so-funny release date). Unless you really need a token souvenir from the Kevin Smith films in orchestral form, you're far more likely to be interested in the song album representing this production. ** Price Hunt: CD or Download

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 Track Listings: 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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