Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show Music Poster Image
Classic soundtrack cleaned up a bit by Glee gang.
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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Most of the songs' messages are benign, although a few address mature topics such as sexual orientation and masturbation.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the Glee characters continue to muddle their way through some challenging scenarios on the show, they end up taking the high road by the end of most episodes, including this one. 

Violence
Sex

Though some of the more sexual lyrics in the original songs were changed for the TV show, a couple of the song titles and overall themes ("Sweet Transvestite," "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me") are sexual in nature.

Language

"Damn It, Janet" is included here.

Consumerism

Promotes the TV show.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this Glee album is yet another example of the way the TV show's soundtracks turn out slightly cleaner than the episodes themselves. The lyrics here are largely benign (aside from the single "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me," which has some suggestive lines about masturbation), though the episode and the original Rocky Horror script on which it's based both featured some more adult situations, including sex and violence. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 14 year old Written byriff raff February 15, 2011
Kid, 11 years old July 7, 2012

dammit jannet

Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch-a, Touch Me this glee is amazing. i love dammit jannet is my favorit song
Teen, 15 years old Written byMs. MM December 30, 2011

Idiotic and incredibly botched delievery

I'm gonna get this out of the way now: everyone on Glee has a good voice and they could sing the pants off of me any day despite my abilities as a singer.... Continue reading

What's the story?

Never a show to shy away from sensitive subjects, Glee goes after another one in its Rocky Horror Show episode, where the cast decides to perform a version of the classic, risque stage play and movie. This soundtrack features seven of the original tunes, including the fairly innocuous "Time Warp" and "Damn It, Janet," as well as more mature songs that deal with sex and sexuality, like "Sweet Transvestite" and "Touch A Touch A Touch A Touch Me." Though a few of the more explicit lyrics were changed ("heavy petting" was changed to "heavy sweating," for instance), parents should know that letting their kids listen to this album may lead to questions about the general meaning behind the songs and, subsequently, discussions about sex and sexuality.

Is it any good?

The Glee cast once again puts their collectively strong vocals on display in this latest collection of songs from the show. Of course, Mercedes (Amber Riley) packs a powerful punch with her version of "Sweet Transvestite." "Time Warp" is another highlight, with the cast successfully capturing the eerie, anthem-like feel that made the original such a hit. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Glee chooses to tackle sensitive topics like sexual orientation, and whether the show does a good job of representing these topics. Should a TV show be dealing with subjects like these? Why or why not?

  • Do you think this soundtrack is only for fans of the TV show, or it is good enough to stand on its own? Would you purchase the music if you weren't a fan of the series?

Music details

  • Artist: Glee Cast
  • Release date: October 31, 2010
  • Label: Columbia
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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