Wayne and Garth party on with Aerosmith on the soundtrack album of “Wayne’s World 2,” which features the first bigscreen appearance by the veteran rockers.
Aerosmith is featured in a concert cameo at “Waynestock.” The soundtrack features “Shut Up and Dance” and “Dude (Looks Like a Lady).” (The original of the latter is getting big crossover play as the cross-dressing theme to “Mrs. Doubtfire.”)
Aerosmith’s live tracks highlight the film’s soundtrack album, executive produced by music supervisor Peter Afterman and Michael Ostin, Warner Bros. senior VP of A&R. The compact disc/cassette was released on Reprise/Warner Bros. with a simultaneous single release of Joan Jett’s “I Love Rock & Roll,” a No. 1 hit in 1982. A second Reprise single, Dinosaur Jr.’s “Out There,” was shipped to alternative radio stations.
The music men have a hard act to follow given the success of the original film’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” sequence, for which Wayne’s gang lip-synched the Queen song in their car. It drove the band’s catalog through the roof and propelled the “Wayne’s World” soundtrack to double platinum. This time, it’s the Aerosmith cameo that appears best designed to replicate the original’s success.
“There’s no way I would ever have topped ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ ” said Afterman , who hit the jackpot with his “Honeymoon in Vegas” soundtrack and next tackles TriStar’s “Cop Tips Waitress $ 2 Million.””So what I wanted to do was to get more cutting-edge music into the film to reflect the ’90s, and blend it with older music, like Bad Company and Edgar Winter. And, of course, Aerosmith is such an important part of the movie’s music and plot.
“We spent a tremendous amount of time arranging to shoot Aerosmith in concert in San Diego, because we had to catch them on tour,” Afterman explained. “Unlike a video shoot, we couldn’t stop the show for alternate takes, so we set up six cameras in the facility to film the show while Westwood One handled the recording.
“Following the show we spent four more hours getting close-ups. Aerosmith maintains a high standard for their work, so if we didn’t get a great recording of these songs, they wouldn’t have allowed it to go on the record.”
Of the film’s 36 musical cues, 13 are on the soundtrack disc, a mixture of contemporary/alternative and ’70s kitsch, with several new cuts recorded expressly for the film: Robert Plant doing the often-redone “Louie Louie,” the Gin Blossoms’ “Idiot Summer,” 4 Non Blondes’ “Mary’s House” and makeshift band Superfan — aka the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde with Urge Overkill — giving a slow twist to the Carpenters’ “Superstar.”
Prominently adding to the dumb fun onscreen are the Joan Jett track, Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” and a visual gag involving the Village People’s “YMCA.”