The private dick who’s a sex machine to all the chicks is back, in a remake of the 1971 blaxploitation flick “Shaft.”
And accompanying the film is a new soundtrack, featuring R. Kelly, Donell Jones, Outkast and Isaac Hayes — who wrote the original, Oscar-winning “Theme From Shaft” (RealAudio excerpt) in 1971.
“It was easy for me and my band to do it because three of my guys were on the original,” Hayes said of his remake of the song. “We play the theme all the time.”
Kelly’s “Bad Man,” a grim confession that features strings and sly guitar-riffs that echo the Philadelphia soul music of the early 1970s, will be the soundtrack’s first single. He also contributes “Up and Outta Here,” while Jones brings “Do What I Got to Do” and Carl Thomas adds “Summer Rain.” Rappers OutKast offer the new “Tough Guy,” and hip-hopper Beanie Sigel contributes “2 Glock 9s.”
In the movie, due Friday, Samuel Jackson plays the title role originated by Richard Roundtree. “It’s good that the influence of ‘Shaft’ is still here,” Hayes said. “It’s kind of like a testament to all who participated in the original. The music is still here.
“I just wish there had been a love scene in it. Where’s the love scene?”
There are plenty of love scenes in “Cooley High,” a 1975 coming-of-age film set in North Chicago to a killer Motown soundtrack. The soundtrack, which will be re-released Tuesday, includes the Supremes‘ “Baby Love,” the Marvelettes‘s “Beechwood-45789″ and Stevie Wonder‘s “Fingertips (Part 2).”
Supremes singer Diana Ross starred in the film “Mahogany” in the same year, and she contributed “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” and other songs to the original soundtrack, which also will be re-released Tuesday. The film, about a fashion model who finds fame and fortune, also includes Jermaine Jackson‘s “She’s the Ideal Girl.”
Also on tap for Tuesday are re-releases of 1981 albums from Curtis Mayfield (Love Is the Place) and Ohio Players (Tenderness).