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Soundtrack, Down and Out with the Dolls (White House Productions)
Down and Out with the Dolls -- the movie -- is a glorious piece of schlock filmmaking about an all-grrl punk outfit from Portland, Oregon who hit the big time but can't seem to keep individual rivalries and backstabbing from threatening their success. The film's soundtrack mirrors this rise-and-fall tension and vulnerability with 12 modern pop-punk tracks that bring to mind the fiery likes of X and L7. The film's faux-band, the Paper Dolls, features actors and musicians Zoe Poledouris on vocals, Kinnie Starr on drums, Melody Moore on bass, and Nicole Barrett on lead guitar. The girls fake their next-big-thing sound brilliantly, tearing through song after song with vitality, urgency, and flair. Sharing the bill with the Agoras, Lo-Ball, Bangs, Inger Lorre, and Fonda, these Dolls earn their stripes and then some with this soundtrack that easily doubles as the best party-rock album since Letters to Cleo subbed for Josie and the Pussycats.