Soundtrack for Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad
by Alex Billington
January 26, 2009
One film that is coming out of Sundance with a lot of fresh buzz is Bobcat Goldthwait's very dark comedy World's Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams. One of the best parts of the film, in addition to the rather crazy story and performance by Robin Williams, was the music. Although posting this soundtrack this early won't help much (since not that many people have seen the film yet), this should give you a good idea of the music in it. Plus this will be here for reference once the film eventually hit theaters. Straight from the credit's, below you'll find the complete song list from World's Greatest Dad for your enjoyment.
Here's the thing - the movie makes a lot of jokes about Bruce Hornsby (he even eventually shows up in a scene). Essentially, Robin Williams' character loves his music (and his son doesn't), so you hear his stuff a lot on radios and so on in addition to the soundtrack, which is why he's seen in the credits so much.
1. "Invisible" by Bruce Hornsby
2. "Sneaking Up On Boo Radley" by Bruce Hornsby
3. "Is You Is, Or Is You Ain't My Baby" by Bruce Hornsby
4. "It's a Good Day" by Peggy Lee
5. "Song C" by Bruce Hornsby
6. "The Creeper, (High)" by Tom Kenny, Darius Holbert, Jerry Brunskill, Ryan Rees, and Andy Paley
7. "Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead" by Akron / Family
8. "I Hope I Become A Ghost" by The Deadly Syndrome
9. "Shadow Hand" by Bruce Hornsby
10. "Genius" by Inara George
11. "Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby
12. "Under Pressure" by Queen & David Bowie
13. "Tiny Spark" by Brendan Benson
Most of these songs were used perfectly in the film, so I emphasize again that they gain a lot more importance once you've seen this. My personal favorites are "Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead" by Akron / Family and "I Hope I Become A Ghost" by The Deadly Syndrome. Bobcat Goldthwait has a fantastic filmmaking sensibility, right down to his storytelling, his directing style, and his musical selection. I always love hearing these kind of highly unknown songs in a film, especially when they fit so damn well, and in World's Greatest Dad all of these do. I hope you find some new favorites from this soundtrack listing!