Stuck On Repeat: “The Swing” by Everclear

TRACK
The Swing

ARTIST
Everclear

ALBUM
Scream 2 Soundtrack

Working my way back through the original “Scream” trilogy, I came across one of my favorite bands in the opening credits of the second film, re-starring Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, and David Arquette. Having not seen these films for so long, I vaguely remembered the plots, but even vaguer was my recollection of the music that they contained.

Everclear is one of my all-time favorite bands, having purchased “So Much For The Afterglow” as one of my very first CDs (amongst other first CDs like the “Phenomenon” soundtrack, Eminem’s first album, “The Slim Shady EP”, and Kidrock’s “Devil Without A Cause”). Songs like “Father of Mine” and “I Will Buy You A New Life” still play on the radio to this day and I could not be happier. They released several other albums following, including a series of “Songs From An American Movie”.
This modern band out of Portland, Oregon bridges the gap between old school rock and the alternative rock of today. Compared to most bands bridging that gap, Everclear consists of much older members, with lead singer Art Alexakis just about to turn 50 years old. Art’s voice is a major difference maker in setting the band apart from other rockers and with their range from soft, mellow music to grunge, hardcore rock, the band will easily stay one of my favorites.

Not only does Everclear have an extensive body of work, but they have also been featured in dozens of films, supplying to their soundtracks and even starring on a rare occasion. Lead singer Art Alexakis appeared alongside Heather Graham in the small film “Committed”, also starring Casey Affleck and Luke Wilson. Art played a New York Car Thief. I still remember his part even though it has been forever since viewing that film. The entire band plays in concert in the film “Loser” starring Jason Biggs and Mena Suvari, being both lead character’s favorite band.
The band’s music has been featured on the soundtracks of films like “American Pie” and “American Wedding”, “Blast From The Past”, “Detroit Rock City”, “Antitrust”, “Saving Silverman”, “40 Days and 40 Nights”, “Rock Star”, and “Saving Silverman” including the songs “Everything to Everyone”, “When It All Goes Wrong Again”, “Rock Star”, and their mega-hit “Wonderful”. The song of the day, however, belongs to the song “The Swing” which appears only in the 1997 film “Scream 2” during the opening credits (which would have been about the same year I discovered Everclear).

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