Whip It (Music from the Motion Picture)
Whip It rocks and flows with a healthy dose of estrogen-fueled angst that contrasts nicely with some amatory serenades. Nebraska indie rock quintet Tilly and the Wall set the tone with catty slam-book animosity that blends hints of ‘50s rockabilly with heaps of that Switchblade Sisters inspired girl-gang toughness. Following this volatile gem with The Ramones’ “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker” is a perfect match, and though The Breeders’ “Cannonball” from 1993’s Last Splash might have been a better choice in keeping with the movie’s theme, 2008’s “Bang On” is definitely more relevant in its stylish minimalism. The go-go shoegazing of The Raveonettes’ “Dead Sound” fits here like tight leather jacket. But not every tune was meant to accompany womanly wrangling. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah provide a beautifully moody little instrumental in “Blue Turning Grey” and Jens Lekman somehow makes slicing up an avocado sound romantic — though Har Mar Superstar’s spot on cover of The Association’s “Never My Love” is the sweetest surprise here.