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Classic Album Review: Various Artists | Series 7: The Contenders Soundtrack

Girls Against Boys are the real stars of the soundtrack to this Surivovor spoof.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The movie Series 7: The Contenders is an art-house spoof of Survivor. Instead of putting its average-joe contestants on an island, The Contenders gives them guns, assigns them a cameraman and turns them loose — the last one standing wins fame and fortune.

The real stars on this soundtrack, however, are alt-rock survivors Girls Against Boys, last heard from with 1998’s Freak*on*ica (rumour is they’ve been stuck in major-label limbo since; presumably, this soundtrack slipped through some sort of contractual loophole). The D.C., foursome deliver 13 soundscapish slices of typically unsettling, sinister indie-rock whose buzzy textures and nerve-jangling edge go perfectly with paranoid titles like Unlucky Number and Creeping Feeling. One downside is that only a couple of the tunes — the noisily throbbing rocker Tweaker and the deceptively sweet One Dose of Truth — come with vocals. But it still kicks the tar outta that, ‘Oh-lay-oh, lay-lo, lay-la,” gibberish from Survivor.