1980s pop culture collides with modern sensibilities in “Party Monster,” the new Macaulay Culkin/Seth Green flick; it’s a film about the excesses of an era not so far gone as we’d hoped. The spandex pants and punk hair of that decade might be in hibernation, but the excessive drug use, along with the promiscuity and violence that resulted from it have merely mutated and escalated. The heart of the music, however, is high-energy, driving, and nothing if not huge fun – that heart in dramatically in evidence on the film’s soundtrack.
You’ll hear the musical, uber-pop style emanating from your CD player more vibrantly than you have since you last strapped on those six inch silver platform shoes you’ve been hiding in your closet. From the hip, lighter side – “Take me to the club” opens the CD with an upbeat, light energy – to tributes to the carefree sexual rebellion – “Frank Sinatra” is certainly not a tribute to the blue-eyed crooner – you might find only 50% of the album to your taste, but I bet you’ll find that 50% to be so fabulous you’ve got to own the disc.
You’ll hear offbeat, whimsical stylings which sound like they belong in a Ryan Landry performance (“New York New Yok”), and retro mixes of tunes we’ve been clubbing to in the last few years (Shannon’s “Give Me Tonight”). And nothing quite hits the mark like Tin Tin Duffy’s “Kiss Me” which is so disco it’s delightful.
The CD is just a treat… it’s not about brilliance, of course; the eighties evoked acceleration, not contemplation. But you’ll love ripping this disc out on a Saturday night when you need a lift… or just want to dance happily around your house to some seriously hip beats.