Short.Fast.Loud. : The Soundtracks of Our Lives – short.fast.loud
Scotty doesn’t know, Scotty doesn’t know, Scotty doesn’t know, Scotty doesn’t know, so don’t tell Scotty, Scotty doesn’t knowwww …
… But I digress.
From skateboarding legends to film adaptations of literary classics, to local heroes adding the biggest riffs you’ve ever heard to the sheet music of your favorite game; the heavy and alternating sounds that adorn our airwaves have woven a current impossible to ignore through so much popular culture.
Alternative music will always add a certain vibe that no other genre can reproduce. Rebels and villains, wilds and more desperate, there’s something about the right riff and the lyrics that accompany it that adds depth to a character that makes them forever hard to forget.
So let’s dive into some absolute classics that completed the soundscapes of our lives.
CKY – ’96 Bitter Enough Beings’ (Landspeed Presents: CKY)
While the song title is not always remembered, the riff is impossible to forget. Often referred to as the “Shopping Trolley Theme”, in reference to the song often played when very young versions of Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, et al.
Due to the release of these videos when the internet was in its infancy, this riff became a common benchmark for punks, skateboarders and others who were savvy enough to have found a way to get their hands on those infamous videos.
Lustra – ‘Scotty doesn’t know’ (Eurotrip)
This song does not exactly require any introduction. Much like the worldwide phenomenon that he became in the movie (with a German techno remix), “Scotty Doesn’t Know” became the song you would throw at house parties and emo club nights that you always knew you would have. ‘she was going to get the whole congregation in the mood to sing.
Even in a movie riddled with quotes and reference scenes, the crass lyrics of the songs, the catchy chorus, and a cameo appearance by Matt Damon as the lead singer of Lustra, made him stand out from the crowd as something that no one else does. was going to forget.
Josie & The Pussycats – “Three Little Words” (Josie & The Pussycats)
I’m not ashamed to say this is one of my favorite movies. Josie and the pussies had this dual significance of being a powerful commentary on the majors music scene, but also a battle cry for punk rock ball queens everywhere that punk music was not just a boys’ club.
On top of that the songs were just full blown pop punk and if they were just a band these songs would have seen the trio explode so quickly.
Mick Gordon – ‘Rip & Tear’ (Doom)
The best named song I have ever heard in my life. Australian Mick Gordon began his career as a sound designer for games such as Destroy All Humans 2, as well as several Need of speed and Marvel games before leaving its mark in the gaming world forever by composing the sheet music for the new era of Wolfenstein games, quickly followed by the Loss redone.
This particular song has put Mick in the limelight forever and has seen him win numerous awards for his music, and most recently he has worked with Bring Me The Horizon adding additional audio production to their latest EP, POST HUMAN: SURVIVAL HORROR.
My Chemical Romance – ‘Astro Zombies’ (Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland)
Tony Hawk’s influence on an entire generation of punk kids cannot be overstated. The soundtracks of all Tony Hawk’s professional skater series defined a generation, but that was the direction they took on the American wasteland soundtrack that brings joy to my heart.
Among a host of original songs, they’ve taken the current generation of exciting punk rock bands like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, and Thursday, and have them cover absolute classics from Misfits, Gorilla Biscuits, and The Dead Boys. Covers have been an integral part of the punk rock scene since its inception and they are perfectly performed on this soundtrack.