Walk of Shame
Soundtracks and Score
Score By: John Debney
Songs By: Various Artists
Distributed by: Lakeshore Records
Reviewed by Melissa Minners
In the comedy Walk of Shame, Elizabeth Banks is Meghan Miles, a reporter who dreams of becoming a news anchor. Unfortunately, a one night stand with a handsome stranger (James Marsden) has left her stranded in downtown Los Angeles without a car, money or identification. With only eight hours to get to the most important interview of her life, Meghan will do just about anything to reach her destination.
Walk of Shame generated three albums worth of music for the film: the Walk of Shame Soundtrack, Walk of Shame: More Music from the Motion Picture and the Walk of Shame Score featuring musical score by John Debney. Beginning with guitar lessons at the age of six, the son of the Disney Studios producer Louis Debney displayed a knack for music. He began playing in rock bands during college and secured a spot in the composing business with help from Mike Post and Hoyt Curtin. Working on scores for television, including Sea Quest DSV, Star Trek: The Next Generation and A Pup Named Scooby-Doo, Debney eventually moved into movie score composition with his first feature length film Hocus Pocus. Since then, Debney has created scores for a number of popular films, including The Princess Diaries 1 & 2, The Relic, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Sin City, Valentine's Day, The Call, The Passion of Christ, Spy Kids 1 & 2, Hatfields and McCoys and more.
The Walk of Shame Score features what sounds like music cues threaded together to make whole tracks. The music was obviously created for a romantic comedy and the comedic segments of the score are not much different than those found in other John Debney scores. The best parts of the album are the tracks featuring a bluesy, honky-tonk rock feel and Goodbye Scrilla/Gordon Sees Meghan featuring a hip-hop styling that made me laugh.
The Walk of Shame Soundtrack features thirteen alternative rock and dance songs featuring artists like Brenna Bishop, Jump Smokers, Wang Chung, AKON, Outasight, Lux Lovelle and more. Dance tracks include WooHoo by Eli "Paperboy" Reed, Everybody Have Fun Tonight by Wang Chung (an oldie but goodie), Electricity & Drums (Bad Boy) by Dave Aude featuring AKON and Luciana, Tonight is the Night by Outasight, Drama on the Dance Floor by Lux Lovelle and Walking in L.A. by Scott Spock and Corky James. Alternative tracks include The Summer of Los Angeles by Brenna Bishop, Walk On by Kristen Proffit and Manda Mosher, Let's Go Home by Best Coast, Walking On by Ashleigh Haney and Walk of Shame by Stuart Davis. This album is a lot of fun, featuring great songs and music you will want to dance to.
Walk of Shame: More Music from the Motion Picture contains only seven tracks of songs by various artists like Stuart Davis, Black Mob Group, Sebastian Robertson & Kill the Computer and more. This album has more of a hip-hop and dance feel, but I must admit it is not as much fun as the original soundtrack.
In fact, if I was going to recommend purchasing any of these albums, it would definitely be the Walk of Shame Soundtrack for its thirteen tracks of absolute fun and danceable music. Whereas I would only recommend buying certain tracks on the other two albums, this album is well worth the money of purchasing it in full.