The other day, a friend and I were discussing whether or not we had ever met anyone who claimed to not like the movie Waynes World, and neither of us could come up with a single name. Surely there are some detractors out there, but as a general rule, Id say that this movie appeals to the masses.
And why is that? Well, for one thing, its one of the most quotable movies of all time. Many lines are funny independent of their context.
If its a severed head, Im going to be very upset.
If he were an ice-cream flavor, hed be Pralines and Dick.
Ill have the cream of sum yung gi. (Ill confess I have no idea how to spell that one.)
I could go on. And I think I will.
Yeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt.
Garth, marriage is punishment for shoplifting in some countries.
If youre gonna spew, spew into this. (Okay, maybe we need the visual for that one.)
Couple the dialogue with the in-their-prime versions of Dana Carvey and Mike Myers (in the latters case, before atrocities such as Austin Powers in Goldmember and The Love Guru, that is), and you have the formula for comic gold. Could anyone deliver the lines I dont even own a gun, let alone many guns that would necessitate an entire rack or Ribbed, for her pleasure ewww and make them quite so hilarious?
Though not all of the lines had quite the same staying power who remembers Not!? theres something about this movie that appeals to a universal consciousness. Even non-suburbanites non-Midwestern suburbanites, to be clear could wax nostalgic about some good old Midwestern suburban living. Weve all been there: lame Friday nights with nothing to do but hang out on the couch in our parents basement, until a viable alternative presents itself in the form of driving around between donut shops, guitar stores, and well, just some more time spent driving around. Astro Minivans. Street hockey. Discmans being an extravagance. Oh, it was a simpler time, and thats not just because so many years have passed. I miss 1992. You could take a flight and invite your family to sit with you at the gate, and you wouldnt even have to get naked before boarding.
In the same vein, the music of Waynes World seems to represent this same brand of 90s optimism. These guys werent interested in grunge; they werent even interested in death metal so much. They just wanted something that rocked, from people who could wail. In her DVD commentary, director Penelope Spheeris described the characters brand of musical tastes as party-animal music, and I think shes right. Its like Poison once said, they dont need nothin but a good time.
The soundtrack is a mixture of classic rock, early-90s rock, and some Tia Carrere thrown in. Oh, and Dream Weaver.
For many of us, this movie really served as an introduction to Queen. And what an intro. Going with a little Bohemian Rhapsody, gentlemen was the right move. Another factoid I learned as a result of listening to the directors commentary: Mike Myers didnt want to do the head-banging scene because he thought it just wouldnt be that funny. He was wrong. Can anyone out there ever listen to Bohemian Rhapsody without picturing the head-banging scene?
In the same way, its really difficult to mentally divorce any of these songs from their scenes in the movie, which means the soundtrack is doing its job. The Red Hot Chili Peppers Sikamikanico (the B-side to Under the Bridge, and what the hell does that even mean?) accompanies Waynes sassy declaration that they were able to get the CD player when they got the money.
Picture Garth pulling off a hunk of licorice from the Mirth Mobiles licorice dispenser, saying they shouldnt be too far from Milwaukee now. Are you hearing the words, take a long long ride with yourself? Thanks, Rhino Bucket.
How about Time Machine by Black Sabbath? Wayne, en route to get Cassandra back, is pulled over by Terminator 2s T-1000. The music fits the mania of the moment.
The opening notes of Feed My Frankenstein evoke the image of a giant glowing skeleton and a whip-wielding Alice Cooper. (If I could throw in one more line here, it should be said that Milwaukee has certainly seen its share of visitors, and its name is Algonquin for the good land.)
Tia Carrere turns out a more-than-decent version of Ballroom Blitz. Its too bad there wasnt room on the soundtrack for her rendition of Jimi Hendrixs Fire, too.
A couple other songs were left off the soundtrack, perhaps because theyre certainly the more dated ones (well, Dream Weaver aside, maybe). Still, for a movie that calls to mind the early 90s, some quintessential early-90s music would have been a welcome addition. Listen for the background music thats playing during the first visit to Stan Mikitas donut shop. Yes, thats Ugly Kid Joes Everything About You. (Does anyone know what happened to Ugly Kid Joe? Does anyone care enough to find out? I, for one, am still pissed about being subjected to approximately three billion listens of their crappy Cats in the Cradle cover.) A couple of Chris Cornell-penned tunes didnt make the cut, either: Soundgardens Loud Love and Temple of the Dogs All Night Thing (the latter plays during the scene at Rob Lowes condo, providing backing music to lines such as From this height, you could really hock a loogie on someone.)
Its clear I can hardly discuss the music without morphing into quote-mode, so Ill finish up here. Just one more song: Hendrixs Foxy Lady. Garth and his fantasy donut girl. Little devils horns. And a pelvis that seems to move independent of his body. Or, as Spheeris said, he was seriously humping some air there.
Spheeris said that another song had originally been chosen for that scene. I cant picture it any other way, just as I cant picture the opening drive through Aurora, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago without seeing Mike Myers fold his arms across his chest and lip-sync, Mama mia, mama mia, let me go
Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me
Years later, I have yet to find out what Bohemian Rhapsody is even about. But do the lyrics even matter so much? Or is it just about having music that rocks a little hard? Ill go with the second.
Wayne’s World tracklist:
01. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen
02. “Hot And Bothered” – Cinderella
03. “Rock Candy” – Bulletboys
04. “Dream Weaver” – Gary Wright
05. “Sikamikanico” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
06. “Time Machine” – Black Sabbath
07. “Wayne’s World Theme” – Mike Myers/Dana Carvey (Extended Version)
08. “Ballroom Blitz” – Tia Carrere
09. “Foxy Lady” – Jimi Hendrix
10. “Feed My Frankenstein” – Alice Cooper
11. “Ride With Yourself” – Rhino Bucket
12. “Loving Your Lovin'” – Eric Clapton
13. “Why You Wanna Break My Heart” – Tia Carrere