‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ – 5 Essential Soundtrack Cuts
‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ may have been a writing vehicle for ‘How I Met Your Mother’ co-star Jason Segel, but it ended up being about two other actors: British comedian Russell Brand, who would end up stealing the show and subsequently, marrying/divorcing Katy Perry, and too-hot-for-words Mila Kunis, who at the time was merely "that girl" from ‘That ‘70s Show.' Also super hot? The movie’s soundtrack, which features a smattering of Segel-penned joke-tunes and some honest-to-goat great music. We’ve picked the 5 essentials on the soundtrack for you.
‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ is a song with a rich back-story. It was written by the Purple One, aka Prince, but it was a gigantic hit for Pope-picture-shredding, cue-balled-headed Irish troublemaker Sinead O'Connor. Here, the Coconutz turn in a Hawaiian version of the sad-melodied happy song, and it's perfect for this soundtrack of downhearted love tunes.
Pepper is your new favorite Hawaiian dub-reggae band, guaranteed. They also have some punk roots, too, which are always enjoyable. Sure, they might be a little too Sublime-y or Bob Marley-influenced for your musical tastes, but you’ll be hooked after hearing this sucker, no doubt. Take a swipe at their debut (which this song appeared on originally), 2002’s ‘Kona Town.’
Oh, Morrissey, you lounge act, you, please tell your humble gothy listeners why you’re "miserable now." He lists a few reasons -- looking for a job, subsequently finding one and hating it, etc. -- in this lovely little ditty, which originally appeared on 1986’s ‘Hatful of Hollow.’ The Smiths get soundtrack love so often that you might call them cinema whores. There, we said it. If you're a Smiths fan, you're probably miserable now.
Belle and Sebastian -- a.k.a. the Twee Gods of Hibernia -- released this depresso dork-pop classic on 1997’s much-loved ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister.’ As the title of the song suggests, it’s the perfect soundtrack for rainy days and sitting at the doctor’s office waiting for your Zoloft prescription. And what do you know? It’s perfect fodder for this grand movie soundtrack, too. A match made in heaven.
Cake is one of the best things that came out of the 1990s -- mainly because they didn’t take themselves too seriously and were able to produce a string of awesome songs. (Plus, lead singer/songwriter John McCrea is a great guest-star, too; check out his appearance on ‘Ben Folds Live’’s ‘Fred Jones, Pt. 2.’) Having a sick trumpeter in your band also steps you up a few rungs on the coolness scale -- and the horn part in this tune literally makes us horny. It’s the perfect song for wanting to love somebody -- whether that be Mila Kunis or the palm of your hand.