Wednesday, October 21, 1998

Beach Blanket Bolshy

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 1998 at 12:00 AM

I hate to admit it, but the original motion picture soundtrack to Six String Samurai is actually kind of cool. Interpolating an evocative score written by Brian Tyler, actual dialogue from the movie and music by some Russian-born group of musicians called the Red Elvises, Six String Samurai (the soundtrack) is offbeat, whimsical and extremely lively.

The film is an absurd, post-apocalyptic rock 'n' roll fantasy which is wholly complemented by this rather ambitious collection. Above all else, the Red Elvises really make this soundtrack work. Their self-proclaimed "Siberian Surf Rock" is some type of amalgam of surf, ska, rockabilly, Russian and Mariachi music, which lends itself greatly to the film's raucous, spaghetti-western-with-Brylcreem innuendo. Visions of Dick Dale's bastard children hanging out with Ennio Morricone and Mad Max at an East-European-beach-blanket bash don't really approximate the aural imagery presented on this disc, but it's the best you're going to get out of me right now. With rumbling, twangy guitars and good-time, hiccuping vocals, the Red Elvises seem to have stumbled on to a fine musical formula and the perfect backdrop for this wacky flick. The band even performs songs such as "Good Golly Miss Molly," "Surfing in Siberia" and "Boogie on the Beach."

Okay, so this is not exactly Tommy, but it still has a good beat and you can dance to most of it. I give it an 85.

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