Title: Gone In 60 Seconds original motion picture soundtrack
Genre: tunes for cruisin'
Summer 2000 saw the release of the Nic Cage vehicle (ahem) Gone In 60 Seconds, a goofy, okay-enough-I-guess action flick about professional car thieves that featured what we used to think of as impressive stunt driving before The Fast And The Furious came out a year later. I remember enjoying it well enough for a vapid summer blockbuster, and I remember that the biggest takeaway I had leaving the theater was that I very much wanted to own the accompanying soundtrack, and that is a decision I have never regretted. It was a blend of rock, EDM, and rap that was the perfect album to listen to in the car. Who knew?
The lead track and only single is The Cult's Painted On My Heart, a slow rock 90s power ballad in the vein of Our Lady Peace or Fuel. It's a solid starter, but for my money the album really kicks off with the next track, Machismo by Gomez, a rockin' acoustic stomp with a great guitar hook. This is followed by Moby's Flower, a b-side from the Play sessions that would have been one of the best songs on that album if it had been included (it probably wasn't because it sounds a little too much like Natural Blues). And it just keeps going from there. Ice Cube's Roll All Day is a great little gangsta jam with a laugh-out-loud twist at the end. BT and Mike Doughty's Never Gonna Come Back Down is a fantastic hard-driving EDM track. Sugarless by Caviar is amazing and goofy (it samples Left Banke's Pretty Ballerina). It runs out of steam a little towards the end, with DMX's Party Up (Up In Here), which is a good song, but one that we were all pretty sick of by the summer of 2000. It ends with an underwhelming remix of Citizen King's Better Days and the obligatory excerpt from the movie score, but right up until that finale, it's a solid, rocking good time.
Further Listening: I mean, Mike Doughty and Moby have both had albums on this list already, so check those albums out if you haven't. The soundtrack to Go came out around the same time. It's not as good, but it has a similar vibe--featuring Goldo, No Doubt, and that weird remix of Magic Carpet Ride.