Bret "The Hitman" Hart Shows His Musical Side On "Shadows" CD

In a day and age when professional wrestling tie-in albums manage to infiltrate the top ten of the "Billboard" album chart (as "WWF: The Music, Volume 3" did earlier this year), it seems only natural that former world champ and current World Championship Wrestling star Bret "The Hitman" Hart would lend his name, as well as his musical tastes, to a CD of his own.

The album "Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows" is inspired by the acclaimed 1998 documentary of the same name, which provided an in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Bret, the legacy of his legendary wrestling family, and his tumultuous last days with the World Wrestling Federation. The movie also found an appreciative audience in "sports entertainment" fans and non-fans alike.

That crossover-appeal factor has been applied to the "Hitman" CD, a predominantly modern rock/active rock mix. Songs by Days Of The New and Sebadoh appear with tunes from Moist and Econoline Crush (two big names in Hart's Canadian homeland),

and all are tied together with bits of Hart's own narration from the documentary. MTV News recently talked to Hart about how the CD came to cover all the bases between Bryan Adams and Rob Zombie.

"I think it's safe to say there's a little bit of everything on there for everybody, 'cause I guess wrestling fans come in all shapes and sizes," Hart told MTV News. "I don't know that it's necessarily a CD for wrestling fans. It's similar to the documentary [in that] somebody that's not a wrestling fan would really dig the CD."

When it came to his wish list for the album, Hart said that the percentage of what made it and what got cut ran about 50/50.

"I like a lot of slow songs... songs that I just relate to from

the road," Hart explained.

"I think a lot of the songs I picked were too slow and too dramatic. They had to spice it up a bit, which I think is good. I think that this is, in a lot of ways, almost like a great CD to work out to. It's really alive."

"For me, the best friend I ever had on the road was the radio," he continued. "Like, anybody who knows me knows I spend far too much money on CDs or cassettes to survive on the highways. So I'm happy with the way the songs came out, the selection... it has a lot of variety on there, which kind of reminds me of flipping the radio dial." [RealVideo]

Also included on the LP is the track "Sharpshooter (Best Of Da Best)" by Vancouver hip-hop outfit the Rascalz. Named after Hart's signature finishing move, the song also incorporates a sample of his catchphrase "I am the best there is,

the best

there was, and the best there ever will be." Hart recently hooked up with the Rascalz (a favorite band of his son Dallas) in the ring for the just-completed "Sharpshooter" video.

"Hitman Hart: Wrestling With Shadows" will be in stores on October 26. Here's what you'll find on it:

  • "Hitman Theme Intro" - Keith Scott
  • "Sharpshooter (Best Of Da Best)" - Rascalz
  • "Lie Detector" - DDT
  • "Superbeast" - Rob Zombie
  • "Self-Appointed Leader" - Gob
  • "Halfway" - Gloritone
  • "Only The Strong Survive" - Bryan Adams
  • "Flame" - Sebadoh
  • "Peppyrock" - BTK
  • "Touch, Peel & Stand" - Days Of The New
  • "Original Score"
  • "Resurrection" - Moist
  • "Sparkle & Shine" - Econoline Crush
  • "Soft" - Second Coming
  • "Original Score"