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Description: When moviegoers walk out of the gangster comedy "Get Shorty," they're probably singing John Travolta's praises--and humming the soundtrack.In an era when most commercial filmmakers string together
When moviegoers walk out of the gangster comedy "Get Shorty," they're probably singing John Travolta's praises--and humming the soundtrack.
Director Barry Sonnenfeld and soundtrack producer Karyn Rachtman seamlessly strike a precarious balance between the old (Lee Morgan, Count Basie) and the new (Us3, Morphine), the familiar (Booker T. and the MG's' "Green Onions") and the unfamiliar (the band's obscure surf-style romp, "Can't Stand Still"), and--most difficult of all--the original score by Lounge Lizards leader John Lurie and the spotlighted songs.
Benefiting most from the inclusion of two tracks ("Bo's Veranda," "I Had My Chance") in the film should be Morphine, the Boston trio formed from the ashes of the blues-punk band Treat Her Right. Morphine's haunting hodgepodge of bass, baritone saxophone, drums and vocals has endeared them to the dark side of the alt-rock crowd via such albums as "Cure For Pain" and the new "yes" (both on Rykodisc).