There is a time and a place for New Found Glory. The time is eighth grade, and the place is far, far away from famous movie songs. Their album From the Screen to Your Stereo Part 2, a sequel to their 2000 EP of the same name, is an abominable collection of soundtrack covers which have all been processed through Jordan Pundik’s treacherous nasal cavity and come out even less interesting than you had assumed they would. Unfortunately, the songs are no longer streaming from the band’s MySpace page, but the mere sight of the track list is enough to send a shiver down your spine:
1. “Kiss Me” originally by Sixpence None the Richer, from She’s All That
2. “It Ain’t Me Babe (featuring Sherri Gilbert of Eisley)” originally by Bob Dylan, from Walk the Line
3. “The Promise (featuring Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional)” originally by When In Rome, from Napoleon Dynamite
4. “King of Wishful Thinking (featuring Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy)” originally by Go West, from Pretty Woman
5. “Stay (featuring Lisa Loeb)” originally by Lisa Loeb, from Reality Bites
6. “Lovefool (featuring Adam Lazarra of Taking Back Sunday and Stacy Dupree of Eisley)” originally by The Cardigans, from Romeo and Juliet
7. “Iris (featuring Will Pugh of Cartel)” originally by The Goo Goo Dolls, from City of Angels
8. “Don’t You Forget About Me” orignally by Simple Minds, from The Breakfast Club
9. “Intro (Amelie J’y Suis Jamais Alle)” from Amelie
10. “Crazy for You (featuring Max Bemis of Say Anything)” originally by Madonna, from Vision Quest
11. “Head Over Heels” originally by Tears for Fears, from Donnie Darko
Let’s just take it from the top.
First of all, what kind of deaf paint huffer told New Found Glory they could take a stab at Bob Dylan? Secondly, Lisa Loeb, what are you doing? Those who know me know that “Stay” is my all-time favorite drunk sing-along song. The fact that she not only let them cover it, but actually sings it with them, is truly disappointing. I think she needs to rent out that same loft space and rediscover her roots. Moving on, I’m just going to say that this is the second time I’ve mentioned “Iris” in one week. And, finally, just be glad you can’t hear the “Don’t You Forget about Me” cover, which is by far the most painful track on the album. Yes, even worse than “Lovefool.”
Here’s the all-wrong video for “Kiss Me,” a song that was never, ever meant to be taken out of its specific moment in 1998. A kiss montage? Really? Sixpence None the Richer is a self-righteous Christian pop one-hit wonder, and even they could do better.