By Cheri Hanson
Bad teeth, bad hair, bad clothes. Despite these faults, the new Austin Powers cd still has it.
Providing a grand backdrop to the movie, The Spy Who Shagged Me’s strength lies in diversity of artists and songs.
The list ranges from classics like The Who’s “My Generation (Live from the BBC)” to redone classics like Lenny Kravitz’s “American Woman” to Madonna’s new song “Beautiful Stranger.” There’s also less mainstream appeal with bands like The Lucy Nation and a great version of “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again” from Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello. And while I wouldn’t necessarily have bought Melanie G “Scary Spice” (I think they mispelled her name) doing a ’90s rendition of “Word Up,” I eventually found myself grooving along. Scary, huh? The true gem, however, is Dr. Evil’s love ballot to Mini- me, his pint- sized clone in the movie. Sampling from Will Smith’s “Just the two of us,” this song alone is worth buying the cd.
And so there’s really only one thing left to say: yeah, baby, yeah. Sorry, it had to be done.