The "Without A Paddle" soundtrack songs offer up one diverse group of tunes to camp to. You can hear everything from a Boy George tune to The Ramones' singer, Joey Ramone. With that kind of diversity and quality, it's nearly impossible to find fault with this collection of movie songs from the classic comedy.
"Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" by Richard Ziegler. This "Without A Paddle" soundtrack song was originally a hit for Culture Club. It was sung by Boy George, who was a very controversial-yet popular-pop artist in the '80s. He looked like every woman's bad makeup day, yet sang like an angel combined with Smokey Robinson. This version, however, is not by Boy George and Culture Club, but given to us by composer Richard Ziegler.
"What A Wonderful World" by Joey Ramone. Joey Ramone is best known as the lead singer of punk rock pioneers, The Ramones. Yet, on this "Without A Paddle" song, the snotty punker sings a pretty ballad, instead. He's not a great natural vocalist, yet he sounds so innocent and sincere while singing this song, it's impossible not to fall in love with his version.
"When I Grow Up (To be a Man)" by The Beach Boys. When Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote this song in the '60s, they truly were still dreaming about growing up to be men. So much of that great early Beach Boys music reflects the struggle to find one's place in the world. The song still sounds great today. Boys are also still learning how to become men, even in the movie "Without A Paddle."
"Hang on Loosely" by .38 Special. This .38 Special song is a guilty pleasure tune. This band was mad up of old Southern rock guys, but this was by no means a typical Southern rock song. Instead, it was a frothy pop-rock song from the "Without A Paddle" soundtrack. However, it has such a great melody and is so sincerely sung, it's hard not to like, even just a little bit.
"Bump N' Grind" by R. Kelly. R. Kelly is one of these guys that can go to two very wide extremes. He's the guy, after all, that had the big inspirational hit, "I Believe I Can Fly." However, this "Without A Paddle" song is not about anything spiritual. It's about flying sexually, instead.
- Dan MacIntosh