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Roberts: Former Child Star soundtrack 2003
Artists: Matthew Wilder, The Grass Roots, Chic, David Soul, The Temptations, Willa Ford, Harvey Danger, Bloodstone, England Dan & John Ford Coley, Leif Garrett, Corey Feldman and a chorus of former child stars
Music Cordinator: Michael Dilbeck
Hollywood Records 20616-24182-5
Length: 45 minutes
The movie, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star has David Spade living in his past and trying to regain the former glory. This soundtrack is a collection of songs and artists who were popular during Dickie’s fame. As with soundtracks for Lara Croft Tomb Raider or Uptown Girls, the selections go with whatever is happening on screen. Thus, when Dickie Roberts opens, David Spade is walking on a Los Angeles sidewalk, so Matthew Wilder’s “Break My Stride” is played.
At one point in the film, Dickie pretends he is David Soul’s son, so David’s hit, “Don’t Give Up On Us” is heard. When Dickie decides to be “bad,” we hear Willa Ford’s “I Wanna Be Bad”. Since Leif Garrett and Corey Feldman play friends of Dickie in the film, their compositions, “Former Child Star” and an innovative “Negativity” (Feldman) are utilized. What the soundtrack amounts to from tracks 1-11 is an appealing stroll through nostalgia-land, but wait, there is track 12. This is special because a chorus of former child stars from Willie Aames to Todd Bridges to Gary Coleman to Barry Livinston, Maureen McCormick, Eddie Mekka, CharleneTilton and others all sing together. The composition is “Child Stars On Your Television (by Marc Ellis, Fred Wolf and Robert Smigel) and is a raunchy take on their attitude to being former stars. Actually, there are 30 in the chorus. This song is heard during the end credits of _Dickie Roberts_, so when seeing the movie, stay to the very end as the camera pans over the group. So you wanted to be a child star? Take a good, long look.
Copyright 2003 Marie Asner