Bandslam Movie Soundtrack

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Old and new artists combine in clean movie soundtrack.

Parents say

age 9+
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Kids say

age 9+
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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

The album stays away from talk of sex, drugs, and partying, proving that you can rock out without that stuff.  Its overall message is a positive one for kids.  

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite a few eyebrow-raising lyrics, such as "Let's sneak out and plan to crash the car," the artists on this album manage to keep it collectively clean, serving as a good group of role models for young adults. 


Nothing too shocking, though a few mild mentions, such as "Can't remember anything she said, all I know is I woke up in her bed."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this CD is a great one for kids who are cutting their musical teeth, exposing them to an array of old and new artists who have a lot of talent (some more than others) yet release largely clean songs.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Parent of a 15-year-old Written bynorcalnews December 18, 2010

Bandslam a Hit?

As a music lover I wanted to see this movie. It took me a long time to see it only because I was not so sure about the story. I saw part of it on Showtime so I... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old October 10, 2009

Love Bandslam!!!!

I love band slam and i love the music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

you #1 fan

What's the story?

BANDSLAM is the soundtrack to the movie of the same name that features a bevy of film and TV stars, including High School Musical's Vanessa Hudgens, Phil of the Future's Alyson Michalka, and Friends' Lisa Kudrow. In addition to original songs by the film's stars, the album offers a treasure chest full of classics from music legends like David Bowie, Nick Drake, and The Velvet Underground. In terms of mature content, the soundtrack follows suit with the movie's bent toward younger crowds: it's largely devoid of explicit references to sex, drugs, and other adult themes, even in the songs by the legends mentioned above.

Is it any good?

Any compilation that includes Bowie, Nick Drake, and The Velvet Underground is nothing less than good. That said, the record offers other gems beyond those from its mega-famous stars, such as the impressive songs by two new bands -- The Burning Hotels and The Daze -- from the local Austin, Texas scene where the movie was filmed. A single from Wilco, one of the most respected alt-country bands around, also graces the list. Some of the tracks sung by Michalka and especially Hudgens are a bit shaky, but the cool single from Exist, the band fronted by lead actor Gaelan Connell, is a refreshing change of pace from the tired synth-pop formula used by so many of his musical peers.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What can the kids of today learn by listening to classic rockers like Bowie and The Velvet Underground?

  • How might young artists like Vanessa Hudgens and Alyson Michalka incorporate the innovations of artists who came before into their own music?

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