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- The Legend Of Ron Burgundy
for Will Ferrell
Review By: Chuck
1.) A Life, A Song - Ron Burgundy
2.) Ride Captain Ride - Blues Image
3.) Sunshine(Go Away Today) - Jonathan
4.) Treat Her Like A Lady - Cornelius
Bros. & Sister Rose
5.) Groovy Situation - Gene Chandler
6.) Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas
7.) Grazing In The Grass - Friends of
8.) Cherry, Cherry - Neil Diamond
9.) That Lady - Isley Brothers
10.) Shannon - Henry Gross
11.) Use Me - Bill Withers
12.) Help Yourself - Tom Jones
13.) She's Gone - Hall & Oates
14.) Afternoon Delight - Will Ferrell
& The Channel 4 News Team
15.) Ron Burgundy's Sign Off
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From all advance notice, "Anchorman" looks
to be the smash-hit comedy of the summer. Will Ferrell, riding the hilarious
tide built up in "Elf" and a very capable supporting cast remake the 70's
in all it's hard-drinking, sexual-freeing, mostache-wearing glory.
Critics are calling it a "can't miss."
Well, the summer movie season is not a
sprint, but a marathon...so I think the critics should let Mr. & Mrs.
John Q. Public be the ones to decide what and what is not a smash-hit.
I'm sure somebody pitched cartoonist Jon Davis that his "Garfield" would
drawing in kids all summer long...see
how fickle the masses are?
Anyways, the thought of reviewing yet another
nostalgic compilation that's merely trying to capitalize on the good vibrations
and keep-on-truckin' attitude of an entire generation just didn't appeal
to me. I mean, this kind of thing had been done already this year (see
"Starsky & Hutch" soundtrack review). And as far as eclectic song collections
go, everything begins and ends with "Pulp Fiction." Period...the end.
But this...this was a bit different. This
was for Will Ferrell as "the legend" Ron Burgundy. Now, that the movie's
subtitle suggests that Mr. Burgundy's quote-unquote legend preceeds him
is tongue-in-cheek enough. This was the guy that created hilarious characters
on Saturday Night Live like the unhip to the extreme keyboard-player or
assuming the role of holier than thou Mr. James Liption from "Inside The
Actor's Studio." I knew I was in for some sweet surprises.
Quick note: The music is fine...it's everything
you'd expect from a movie set in the 1970s. You got your funk ("Treat Her
Like A Lady"), your folk ("Sunshine") and the obligatory rock anthem ("Carry
On My Wayward Son"). Throw in the Hall & Oates and Neil Diamond
classics and you have a nice little 70s retrospective wrapped up in a tiny
But the real treat is that Will Ferrell,
comic genius that he is, goes the extra mile. In character as anchorman,
Ron Burgundy, Ferrell introduces at first the collection and then each
and every song and gives a brief explanation as to why he felt it belonged
on the soundtrack.
We find Mr. Burgundy bathing naked in the
tub, all the while eating a t-bone steak ( or "top chop" as he puts it),
some waffles and a pilsner glass filled with Bailey's. Ron's persona are
many of the characters or imitations you've seen him portray to hilarious
results on the SNL years. He's full of
Robert Goulet chuztpah, the aforementioned Liption's pedestal-sitting and
even his inappropriate story-telling Neil Diamond ("I murdered a man in
a bar fight in Minnesota...") in a bring down the house "Behind The Music"
I don't want to go into too many details
about Ferrell's turn as Burgundy on the CD because there isn't oodles of
material on there. But what's there IS gold! Is it worth rushing out and
purchasing this disc? No. But after seeing the movie and you want a
nice remembrance of it with some quality
70's-era music on it...Ferrell's additions up the ante quite a bit. Although,
I'll never understand Burgundy's fascination with the band Survivor.
Stay classy antiMUSIC readers!
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