Ranked: Every Song on the Dumb and Dumber Soundtrack
Let’s listen to the soundtrack of one of the finest films ever made.
In 1994, Peter and Bobby Farrelly dropped their directorial debut on an unsuspecting world. The fallout is still radiating today. Dumb & Dumber reflected several themes that the duo would mine throughout their next four (also brilliant) movies: a madcap journey across the country, bodily fluids aplenty, and a slick soundtrack packed to the brim with tuneful power pop and indie rock. As a child, Dumb & Dumber was one of my favorite films. Today, it is still one of my favorite films. I purchased a copy of the soundtrack for $1 at a Half Price Books at some point in the 90s and then again in the 2000s after I wore out the first copy. For absolutely no reason at all, let’s listen to the Dumb & Dumber soundtrack and rank each song.
Unfortunately the official soundtrack release was missing a few choice cuts from the film. Notably, Nick Cave‘s “Red Right Hand”, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things” by The Cowsills” and “Boom Shack-A-Lak” by Apache Indian. As such, they will not be reflected in the rankings below.
13. The Lupins – “Take”
Just an awful hodgepodge of 90s britpop compost. SKIPPED WITH EXTREME PREJUDICE.
12. Echobelly – “Insomniac”
Great band name, completely uninspiring songwriting.
11. Deee-Lite – “You Sexy Thing”
What happens when a techno crew famous for “Groove is in the Heart” covers a 70s soul classic? Unfortunately, you get this sterile lounge mix that feels terribly empty compared to the horned up Hot Chocolate original.
10. The Proclaimers – “Get Ready”
What happens when the rock band famous for walking 500 miles covers a 70s soul classic? You get a competent cover sung with the most delightful Scottish accent. Hearing the brothers Reid crooning “I’m on mah weeeeee” over a Smokey Robinson sex jam is adorable.
9. The Sons – “Too Much of a Good Thing”
At over five minutes, “Too Much of a Good Thing” is just too much of a good thing. The song is so tastefully composed with lush instrumentation and hilarious vocal delivery (“Sure am gleeed I chose mah SWEEAAter”) but its shine is dulled by an extended bridge and instrumental section that just don’t go anywhere. I’m sorry, The Sons. You were THIS close to power pop perfection.
8. Willi One Blood – “Whiny, Whiny”
Fun fact: Willi One Blood was the visual inspiration for Gary Oldman’s Drexl Spivey character in True Romance. His dancehall reggae jam “Whiny Whiny” is about [Note to self: research what the subject of every single dancehall song ever written is] and the whole thing is a damn groove. Bonus points for the seamless transition from an Egyptian horn wriggle to an homage to “You Really Got Me”. Wigglin-a-jigglin-a-wigglin-a-jigglin-a-wigglin-a-jigglin-a-wigglin-a-jigglin.
7. Deadeye Dick – “New Age Girl”
“New Age Girl” is obnoxious and not just a little bit misogynist. BUT it’s also extremely fun and catchy. I made my high school punk band cover it. We were not good.
6. Green Jellÿ – “The Bear Song”
You would not be reading these words right now if it wasn’t for “The Bear Song”. As a young child I was OBSESSED with Green Jellÿ. This “comedy rock” outfit featuring a young Maynard James Keenan was my introduction to the world of heavy music. I wore out my cassette of 333 and only kept exploring from there. Major props to Green Jellö/ÿ for playing a traditional children’s song and making it sound WAY harder than Five Finger Death Punch.
5. Crash Test Dummies – “The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead”
I woke up this morning with this song in my head so it gets a prime spot on the rankings despite the fact that it’s a cover of an XTC track. I’ve heard two Crash Test Dummies songs in my life. One is good. (It’s this one)
4. Pete Droge – “If You Don’t Love Me (I’ll Kill Myself)”
This was such a sweet, simple love song that may or may not read like the ramblings of a dangerous incel in 2018.
3. The Primitives – “Crash”
PURE POWER POP PERFECTION. In only three minutes, “Crash” has more hooks packed into it than a tackle box.
2. Gigolo Aunts – “Where I Find My Heaven”
“Where I Find My Heaven” feels like the quintessential track for the Farrelly Brothers musical aesthetic. It’s smart, tuneful, and contains some fantastic vocal harmonies. If I ever learn to grow up and be an adult, I’d love to write a rock song half as good as this.
1. Butthole Surfers – Hurdy Gurdy Man
Gibby Haynes, a man born to fuck around with vocal effects, found a match made in heaven with Donovan’s heavily vocally-modified hippy dippy 1968 song about a complicated instrument. The EBow guitar solo on this one crushes and destroys every other song on the soundtrack. Whatever happened to the Butthole Surfers? Someone should go check on them and make sure their acid flashbacks aren’t too severe.
You can pick up a copy of the Dumb & Dumber Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for fifty cents over at Discogs or you local used bookstore might just give you a copy for free. Either way, it’s a steal!