'Bridesmaids' Soundtrack Sounds Like a Hipster's Wedding

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OK, "Bridesmaids" soundtrack, we're just going to say it: You're launching a cannon-sized ironic shot across the bow by opening with Wilson Phillips' "Hold On."

Has anyone listened to that song since 1990?

Fear not -- the rest of the soundtrack to Paul Feig's raucous comedy "Bridesmaids" leans more toward earnest pop and rock, culling from a diverse group of primarily female artists and sprinkling in some testosterone to balance the album out.

(And full disclosure: you might find yourself humming "Hold On" for a few hours after seeing "Bridesmade," like, um, we did.)


With a movie about an impending wedding, it would've been easy to pollute your soundtrack with "Celebration," "YMCA," "Stayin' Alive" and countless other musical tropes that wore out their welcome 30 years ago. Instead, we get quirky singer-songwriters (Fiona Apple's "Paper Bag" and Kate Nash's "Do Wah Doo,") punk classics (two versions of Blondie's "Rip Her to Shreds"), '90s alt-rock (Hole's "Violet") and '60s Motown (Smokey Robinson's "My Love is Your Love.")

The two covers on the soundtrack stand as album highlights. French bossa nova cover group Nouvelle Vague transform Violent Femme's masturbation rock classic "Blister in the Sun" into loungey French pop, while Queen of Rockabilly Wanda Jackson's Jack White-assisted cover of Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "Shakin' All Over" belie her 70+ years and prove more energetic than most artists half her age.

This is the type of movie that could easily have gone a different way. We're picturing Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine" playing over a scene involving women running to the alter or celebrating the bachelorette party in Vegas. But they're better than that.

This is the soundtrack to your hipster friend's wedding; the one who gave the DJ a "DO NOT PLAY" list of all the wedding chestnuts and said, "Play some Hole or pack your turntables up now."