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For a movie about two losers, Beavis and Butthead Do America sure was a hit. I found it hard to watch the TV show, and the movie was only slightly better in terms of watchability – but oh the music. Pure 90s nostalgia at its greatest.

The soundtrack was released in 1996 by Geffen records, and for kids all around America, the main format for delivering these amazing sounds was by cassette tape.

Beavis and Butthead is an MTV product, so it should not be surprising that the album is pretty great. It’s not only fun, but also has a great variety – not just the rockers that the two teen ne’er-do-wells make fun of on the show.

Isaac Hayes kicks off the soundtrack with an anthem, “Two Cool Guys,” in the style of his Shaft theme song. If you remember the movie opening, this song plays in the background as a 70’s cop show-styled Beavis and Butthead run around dressed like Miami Vice characters.

Many young viewers will remember the scene where Beavis and Butthead get to Vegas to be greeted by the song “Love Rollercoaster.” A funky R&B band in matching suits play the song in a typically vegas setting while Beavis and Butthead get down! The Red Hot Chili Peppers recorded the cover of the Ohio Players hit especially for the soundtrack, and it is pretty much an RHCP classic now.

The soundtrack is also home to LL Cool J’s version of Rufus and Chaka Khan’s “Aint Nobody,” which actually climbed to number one in the UK. It just goes to show that the Brit’s really dig slightly stupid American stuff.

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This tape has a bunch of great rock bands on it, too, including White Zombie, Rancid, AC/DC, and the Butthole Surfers. Of course, these are bands that the incredibly rock oriented MTV-watching duo Beavis and Butthead love.

No Doubt, who offered the song “Snakes, seems slightly out of place to me now, seventeen years later. Of course No Doubt was pretty big in the 90s, and much more punk then, but today’s image of No Doubt is not one I want to associate with Beavis and Butthead. Another surprise is Southern Culture On The Skids, an alt.country band that has a cult following – again, not something I associate with Beavis and Butthead!

The standout track for this tape might be “Lesbian Seagull,” recorded for the soundtrack by the legend Engelbert Humperdinck. Something you all might want to know – this song is not a joke! It wasn’t just written to make the hippie teacher look like a, well…hippie. This song is a real song! It was first recorded in 1979 by Tom Wilson Weinberg. Sadly, the Mike Judge voiced version isn’t on the tape.

The album might not have won any awards – but then again, neither did Beavis and Butthead – but it touched a lot of young lives. For better or for worse.