St Trinian's OST
Review by Jack Foley
IN THEIR heyday in the ’50s and ’60s, the girls of St Trinian’s – who were based on a series of cartoons by Ronald Searle – made a quartet of popular films, beginning with The Belles of St Trinian’s in 1954 and concluding with The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery in 1966.
An attempt was made to revive the franchise in 1980 with the critically derided The Wildcats of St Trinian’s. And now Rupert Everett gives it a bash, with the help of co-stars including Colin Firth, Russell Brand, Jodie Whittaker, Stephen Fry and Lena Headey.
Whether it’s a success or not remains to be seen, but if the soundtrack is anything to go by it could be a real mess (critics have yet to be shown a final print, at the time of writing).
The PR would have us believe that “the St Trinian’s Soundtrack is just as feisty and entertaining” as the film itself. It’s certainly cheesy, quite often cringe-worthy and only occasionally entertaining.
Girls Aloud kick things off with a typically bubbly effort in the form of the Theme To St Trinian’s, before the cast of St Trinian’s themselves contribute a cover of Shampoo’s hit single Trouble – the first of many crimes against the ear-drums.
If the film is acted anywhere near as badly as the song is delivered, then audiences ought to stay away.
Marc Ronson and Lily Allen’s cover of The Kaiser Chiefs’ Oh My God restores credibility briefly, but a duet between Rupert Everett and Colin Firth, of Love Is In The Air is the next cringe-inducing effort. It might work better in the context of the film, but in soundtrack form it’s a case of “what were they thinking?”!
Noisettes add some grit but not much quality on Don’t Give Up, The Ordinary Boys come over all pop-lite with Nine 2 Five and Sophie Ellis Bextor delivers a pretty bland dancefloor filler in the form of If I Can’t Dance.
Even the usually promising Remi Nicole manages to sound off-key with a lightweight version of Teenage Kicks.
It’s left to Gabrielle to revive the album’s fortunes with the retro-heavy Sanctuary and the ever-reliable Sugababes to bring some savvy pop sass with Three Spoons of Suga.
But on the whole, this is a tedious effort that’s best reserved for die-hard fans of the film and young girls who got excited about the prospect of a Spice Girls reunion and go out and buy Sugababes/Girls Aloud records come what may. The emphasis, as you might have guessed, is on camp and cheese where something a little more edgy and risque may have served things better.
Download picks: Oh My God, Nine2Five, Sanctuary, Three Spoons of Suga