BASEketball Soundtrack To Be Released On BASEketball Colored Vinyl For Record Store Day
The Record Store Day release list has dropped for 2018, and while this year boasts some exciting titles from classic artists (David Bowie, Elvis Costello) and releases from newer artists (Car Seat Headrest, Courtney Barnett), one album in particular seems very much out of place on the list, a Record Store Day first release of the original motion picture soundtrack to the 1998 comedy BASEketball. The film, directed by David Zucker and capitalizing on the then current peak fever pitch popularity of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, fared poorly with critics and at the box office. And let's be honest, you probably completely forgot that you bought it used at a Half-Price Books in college.
But for some reason, Record Store Day has deemed the film's soundtrack worthy of being issued for the very first time on vinyl, even though the Venn Diagram of people who love the BASEketball soundtrack and people who collect records is just two free floating circles that never overlap. The album features a veritable "Who?" of the 1990s ska scene, including heavy hitters like Goldfinger and Reel Big Fish (featured twice with their song "Beer" and a cover of a-ha's "Take On Me"), and then bands with better songs on other soundtracks like Soul Asylum, Smash Mouth, and Deep Blue Something. And then of course there are bands like Supersuckers who you keep getting confused with Superchunk and Superdrag, then bands like Cherry Poppin' Daddies who'll make you scratch your head and say "Wait, swing music came back for a year in the 90s? How did I forget that?" And really, if you want your 90s swing revival kick, just go buy the Dead Man On Campus soundtrack, because at least it has "Hell" by The Squirrel Nut Zippers and...wait, holy shit, Jason Segel was in that movie?
Even Nerf Herder is on here, and that song "Popular" was pretty good...Oh, that was Nada Surf. Never mind. No, I don't care if Nerf Herder did the theme song to Buffy The Vampire Slayer. That show's not as good as you remember it being. Just because it was the 90s doesn't mean it was any fucking good. Anyway, the BASEketball soundtrack does manage to have a few hidden gems, and HOLD THE FUCK ON. That "Scatman" song isn't on this fucking record? Motherfuck this album, and motherfuck Record Store Day for wasting my goddamn time!
So far, only six copies of this album have been sold. And yes, they were all purchased by the members of Reel Big Fish.
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Dustin is a comedian, writer, and failed musician.