Untitled Document Gather your friends for a ‘50s-style dance. Keep one body-length between you and your partner. (Remember this is the ‘50s.) Drink a lot. Play a video game or two, and get out your instruments to make a few songs. That seems to be the basic concept behind Stubbs the Zombie: The Soundtrack.



Capitalizing on the popularity of video game soundtracks, this album intrigues the interest of the purchaser with big-name indie bands, like Death Cab for Cutie and the Ravonettes, and the kitsch of the era, with covers of the popular songs from yesteryear. Album highlights include "Mr. Sandman" by Oranger and "Stangers in the Night" by Cake.



The Flaming Lips do a creative cover of "If I Only Had a Brain" and the Ravonettes cover an improved version of "My Boyfriend’s Back." The big disappointment on the album is Phantom Planet’s slow, mood-killing, "The Living Dead."



This album is great if you want to take a walk through nostalgia-ville to hear barely original covers of the best songs from your parents’ era – especially if you can borrow your mom’s poodle skirt while playing the video game.



Grade: C+