Soundtrack for Bobcat Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad

January 26, 2009

Bob Goldthwait's World's Greatest Dad

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!

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Reader Feedback - 18 Comments


I want to know more about this movie..

-Peter- on Jan 26, 2009


Who knew Bobcat directed?

Matt on Jan 26, 2009


@2 People who have seen Shakes the Clown and Sleeping Dogs Lie?

StabmasterArson on Jan 26, 2009


A film from Darko Entertainment that has a Great Soundtrack.... You Don't Say? : -)

TheGuyInThePJs on Jan 26, 2009


Akron/Family and The Deadly Syndrome had the most interesting songs, I must agree. You have good taste! I'm not sure which screening you saw, I asked about the music in the film during the Q&A on Saturday morning, I'll be featuring music from this and other films that I saw at the festival on my podcast blog: livingears blogspot com The audience loved the film in the screening I saw and Bobcat almost broke into tears at the reception. It was very funny. Very funny. For some reason my posts aren't posting.

liquidheaven on Jan 26, 2009


Freaking Bruce Hornesby? who does not make fun of that guy?! Oh yea, Red Buttons.

curiouscaseofredbuttons on Jan 26, 2009


Have to admit he is better behind the camera than in front of it.

feohatestheworld on Jan 26, 2009


this movie was amazing with this soundtrack. one of the best at sundance! and the performances of Robin Williams, Daryl Sabara, Evan Martin and Alexie Gimore were great.

themovieman2 on Jan 26, 2009


Who does NOT make fun of Bruce Hornsby? Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Ron Shelton, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Leon Russel, Bonnie Raitt, the Grateful Dead, Jack DeJohnette, Christian McBride, Tupac Shakur, Robbie Robertson, Branford Marsalis, Chaka Khan, B.B. King, Grateful Dead... to name just a few.

Lizzie Upitis on Jan 27, 2009


I look forward to this. I think Robin does better when he ups the crazy a bit. Oh and I'll make sure to check out those songs

Hand Knotted Rugs on Feb 26, 2009


Sounds like its going to be a great soundtrack. Great Bruce Hornsby songs. Also as a side note to the above mentioned "Who does NOT make fun of Bruce Hornsby"...good answers Lizzie....and I do not know of anyone. He's a great artist and this is going to make a very good addition to my Bruce collection!!

Monilynne on Mar 21, 2009


All the songs (except 1 and 6) are here

Texangirl on Mar 22, 2009


This movie was great with sountrack but i couldn't find anywhere this songs. And texangirl your link doesn't working.

Mr.Herakles on Aug 22, 2009


Does anybody know the name of the song that is repeadetly played throughout the film, after "Don't Be Afraid, You're Already Dead" was played in the movie, Robin is sitting in his car and the principal knocks on his window and asks if he needs more time off, the songs starts playing under that scene, before "I Hope I Become A Ghost" starts playing. Could anyone please help me out, I just cant seem to find it? 😀

Unnar on Aug 24, 2009


pls,can someone send me just "Mandolin Rain" by Bruce Hornsby !! i mean exactly this version,from the movie! i'd very gfreatfull!)) snd pls here !

Vasho on Sep 10, 2009


hi, can anyone tell me which song is this: "when i get high, the world is so nice, when i get high, it's paradise..." when he hang up the phone and stand in front of the fridge, i heard this song was playing but not in the list of soundtrack. i like it very much, pls share with me who sang this song please. thanks

joe on Feb 4, 2010


i've posted on Yahoo! Answers to find the answer. it seems the original question was deleted once, so maybe someone will know it. check it out and if you know the answer please reply.

benimble on Apr 10, 2010


i think it's "The Creeper" by Tom Kenney and Gerry Brunskill. I'm searching to find out if the record label is indead WoW and Flutter Records??

benimble on Apr 10, 2010

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