Josie and the Pussycats, the 2001 Archie Comics adaptation and pitch-perfect teen movie satire, was amazing. Its soundtrack was even better. Soon we’ll be able to get it on vinyl, and, frankly? it’s about time those girls got their due.
The reissue will come via Mondo, who will release the film score, comprised almost entirely of riot grrl pop ballads by the fictional Pussycats, on purple leopard-print vinyl. The release will be celebrated with a fancy release party courtesy of Mondo, Alamo Drafthouse, and Birth.Movies.Death at Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel. The party will include a film screening, a live set of Josie and the Pussycats songs, and an exclusive 7" record featuring songs by the movie’s boy band, DuJour.
This is beautiful news. When Josie and the Pussycats came out 16 years ago, a long time before Riverdale brought Archie and pals back into the mainstream, it was unfairly written off as low-budget teen schlock. It was actually low-budget teen brilliance, goofy in all the right ways and playfully self-conscious about the role pop music often plays in driving consumption. It’s easily my favorite Archie adaptation, and it comes with an incredible soundtrack, written by pop music all stars and performed by Kay Hanley, lead singer of the ‘90s band Letters to Cleo. The Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack feels like a legendary pop album beamed in from a more wholesome alternate reality.
This re-issue is especially good news because the soundtrack has been virtually impossible to get a hold of for a while. It’s not available for streaming or digital purchase anywhere, reducing your options to eBay and piecemeal YouTube rips. I, uh, I listen to it on YouTube a lot.
Here’s hoping Mondo’s release makes the soundtrack more widely available when it visits like a backdoor lover on September 26th.