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Friday, August 10, 2007

Superbad: Soundtrack Way Funkier Than First Thought

Posted By on Fri, Aug 10, 2007 at 6:56 AM

The ASD work headphones just went caput, likely because someone in the office “borrowed” them into an early grave. Which sucks because we’re pretty sure this clip of Bootsy Collins and crew recording the Superbad soundtrack is tight. Hell, the whole concept of the soundtrack is tight.

The composer, Lyle Workman and music supervisor, Jonathan Karp agreed that the original music be as authentic as possible in order to sound as soulful and greasy as the songs and score music that had been temped in as inspiration. This path toward authenticity dictated that the musicians were the originators and innovators -- the most influential names synonymous with Funk. With sights set on soul royalty, the team set out going after the alumni of James Brown's band. Bootsy Collins, Mr. Brown's groundbreaking bassist before joining George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, was the first on board. Nabbed next was the funkiest of funky drummers, Clyde Stubblefield and John "Jab'o" Starks, both heard on Mr. Brown's most popular songs. Adding Phelps "Catfish" Collins on guitar and keyboard genius Bernie Worrell, the dream band had been assembled. Because they had not seen each other in years, the spirit in the studio was very much a family reunion and something to behold.

Full write-up from the Superbad people after the jump. –d2

Superbad: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Soundtrack Features The Roots, Bootsy Collins, Clyde Stubblefield, John "Jab'o" Starks, Phelps "Catfish" Collins, and Bernie Worrell.

Film opens: August 17th, 2007

Watch Bootsy Collins, LyleWorkman, and band play in studio... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DxMLuQygtc

Interviews with composer Lyle Workman available this week.

At Superbad's infancy the combination of 60's-70's Funk, R&B, and even Blaxploitation, had already been established for the film's musical makeup as written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The producer Judd Apatow and director Greg Motolla loved the juxtaposition of these two white high school kids and this funky music; it just worked on a myriad of levels. The composer, Lyle Workman and music supervisor, Jonathan Karp agreed that the original music be as authentic as possible in order to sound as soulful and greasy as the songs and score music that had been temped in as inspiration. This path toward authenticity dictated that the musicians were the originators and innovators -- the most influential names synonymous with Funk. With sights set on soul royalty, the team set out going after the alumni of James Brown's band. Bootsy Collins, Mr. Brown's groundbreaking bassist before joining George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, was the first on board. Nabbed next was the funkiest of funky drummers, Clyde Stubblefield and John "Jab'o" Starks, both heard on Mr. Brown's most popular songs. Adding Phelps "Catfish" Collins on guitar and keyboard genius Bernie Worrell, the dream band had been assembled. Because they had not seen each other in years, the spirit in the studio was very much a family reunion and something to behold. In the end, what was achieved from this joyous congregation far exceeded the expectations. Enjoy...

Tracklisting

01. Super What? - Lyle Workman

02. Too Hot To Stop - The Bar-Kays

03. Seth Pulls Into Lot - Lyle Workman

04. Cops See Fogel's ID/ Seth Saves Evan - Lyle Workman

05. Do Me - Jean Knight

06. Flashback Party Weekend - Lyle Workman

07. P.S. I Love You - Curtis Mayfield

08. Evan Runs - Lyle Workman

09. Sleeping Bags - Lyle Workman

10. Like A Pimp - Lyle Workman

11. Here I Come - The Roots f/ Malik B. & Dice Raw

12. Seth Runs On Track - Lyle Workman

13. Bustin' Out (On Funk) - Rick James

14. Evan's Basement Jam - Lyle Workman

15. Roda - Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

16. Goldslick/Seth Fantasy - Lyle Workman

17. Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays

18. Funk McLovin - Lyle Workman

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