Review: Eastbound & Down Soundtrack

Kenny Powers drops hilarity - and a pretty badass song collection - on his two-disc soundtrack.

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud


For fans of the HBO show "Eastbound & Down" mourning the departure of Kenny Powers, there's a little bit of silver lining on those series-finale clouds: Fat Possum has released a double-disc soundtrack for the show, a mix of hilarity and kickass music that fits right in with the E&D aesthetic – with a few awesome surprises.

How do you do Kenny Powers proud with a musical soundtrack? Without a dumptruck of topless girls, neon 90s-era Oakley sunglasses and zebra pattern parachute pants, you truly can't. But the powers that be have made an attempt nonetheless, and dished out what amounts to the equivalent of a mixtape made by Powers himself. Being billed as “the ultimate mixtape for the new millenium,” this collection features a mix of dialogue from the show and songs “handpicked by Kenny Powers himself.”

The liner notes on the album are written by Kenny’s sidekick Stevie Janowski, who drops such enlightening nuggets as the introduction of the mix as “the music that Kenny Powers rocks out to when he’s getting ready in the morning. This is the music Kenny Powers listens to in the late hours, when the night terrors come and we are all children again.”

Needless to say, this two-disc CD has plenty of incendiary dialogue. But that's not the only draw – the first disc is packed with genuinely great jams, such as The Black Keys’ “Your Touch” and Ram Jam’s “Black Betty.” Too Short’s "Blow the Whistle" adds a bit of grit to the process – but it's on the second disc where things get truly interesting.

One of the more surprising tracks is “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” as covered by The Slits, a tremendous selection that will cock an eyebrow of the staunchest soundtrack cynic. Fans of the show will be able to relive Powers’ best one-liners and non sequiturs, spanning from racism, child molesters and the devil to a Will Ferrell cameo as a disgruntled Kia dealership owner.

Among the artists featured on the soundtrack are The Black Keys, The Slits, The Stooges, and Too Short(!). Below we have the full tracklisting from the affair for you to check out and be sure to look for the album next month. (Sidenote: our favorite part of this press release was the note from Fat Possum about their involvement, “had a bump and a vodka drink and this happened.”)

Eastbound & Down Soundtrack:

Disc One:
[1] Freddie King [Going Down]
[2] Make Her Cum [Dialogue]
[3] The Black Keys [Your Touch]
[4] Strangeloves [Night Time]
[5] Brenton Wood [Oogum Boogum Song]
[6] I Sell Kias [Dialogue]
[7] Too Short [Blow The Whistle]
[8] Two Hard Rules [Dialogue]
[9] The Stooges [Down On The Street]
[10] Sucking Your Dream’s Dick [Dialogue]
[11] The Animals [Sky Pilot]
[12] Ram Jam [Black Betty]
[13] Undaunted [Dialogue]


Disc Two:
[1] Lil Wyte [Fu*ked Up]
[2] Los Monstruos [El Monstros, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut]
[3] Fuck You Mr. Schaeffer [Dialogue]
[4] R.L. Burnside [Goin' Down South]
[5] Whore With A Regular Heart [Dialogue]
[6] Kenny Rogers [Love Will Turn You Around]
[7] Neil, Not Toby [Dialogue]
[8] MC5 [Miss X]
[9] Panochas [Dialogue]
[10] Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra Featuring Nino Moschella [Kiss The Sky]
[11] Child Molesters At Chuck E. Cheese [Dialogue]
[12] Lee Hazlewood [Think I'm Coming Down]
[13] Make A Change [Dialogue]
[14] The Slits [I Heard It Through the Grapevine]
[15] Big Ups/The End [Dialogue]

Pick up the Eastbound & Down soundtrack right here!