Mike Patton CD review by Joseph P. Larkin
Jun 3, 2008, 04:30
MIKE PATTON A Perfect Place CD
Former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton is God, or at least that's what I've read on the Internet. And, like most gods, Patton is a bit of a film buff (it's a little known fact that Vishnu simply adores the SleepawayCamp series)—many of his songs reference classic films (“Paths of Glory,” anyone?) and he has even covered a number of movie themes, most notably the sixteen tunes that make up The Director's Cut, an album he made with his band FantÃ´mas. So it should come as no surprise that Patton has finally recorded a bona fide movie soundtrack, namely A Perfect Place.
A Perfect Place is a dark comedy that was written and directed by Derrick Scocchera—a DVD of this black and white movie is included with its soundtrack, so you'll be able to see for yourself how Patton's music compliments the short film—and documents the hilarious (I'm being sarcastic) misadventures of two fuck-ups trying to get to the “perfect place” to bury a corpse.
With regards to A Perfect Place's perfect cast, you probably won't recognize Mark Boone Junior from a number of movies directed by Steve Buscemi (Trees Lounge being the most well-known) and you probably won't know Bill Moseley from his role as Chop Top in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 or his appearances in a number of Rob Zombie's shitty horror flicks either. (Rob Zombie, by the way, has secured a spot for himself on my ever-growing list of people I'd like to punch in the face, just above Osama bin Laden and just right below Kate Bush. I am of course joking. I would never punch a woman in the face and if you think I hate women, then I can only imagine how you'd react to seeing one of Mr. Zombie's moviesâ€¦) Regardless, these guys do an outstanding job in a less than outstanding little movie.
But enough about the film, let's talk about the soundtrack. Being the overachiever that he is, Patton created a soundtrack that is twice as long as the movie he was scoring! (The movie itself is just twenty-four minutes in length.) He also wrote and produced the soundtrack along with playing almost everything on the CD all by his lonesome. Like I said, the man is an overachiever. If I had to guess, I'm forced to say, Patton recorded a number of different musical options for Scocchera to choose from and then stuck all of these options onto the CD. While much of his score sounds like classic movie theme music, there's also a great deal of genre-jumping you have to come to expect from a Mike Patton-related release. Of course, Patton overextends himself a great deal and some of these songs are downright terrible as a result—the ironic parodies of old timey music are especially annoying. Granted, car radios and background music blaring from a phonograph in an old woman's apartment are integral to A Perfect Place's story, so all the eclecticism makes sense in the context of the movie—there is a method to Patton's madness (for once).Â All things considered, the soundtrack is merely okay, as is the movie that inspired it.
Obviously, no Patton fanatic can live without A Perfect Place—however the rest of us will do just fine without. You might say the used CD bin is the perfect place for A Perfect Place if you're like me and aren't inclined to believe in the deity-hood of Mike Patton. And if Patton truly is a God, then I suppose that makes me an atheistâ€¦ [Ipecac]
-Joseph P. Larkin