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AUSTIN POWERS: THE SPY WHO SHAGGED ME

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THE SOUNDTRACK: SONGS FOR SWINGIN' SUPERAGENTS

THE SOUNDTRACK: SONGS FOR SWINGIN' SUPERAGENTS

As with Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, great emphasis has been placed on assembling the gearest collection of artists and songs for The Spy Who Shagged Me, and the results are frankly far-out. The soundtrack, which will be available on Maverick Records, features Madonna doing an original song, "Beautiful Stranger," and Lenny Kravitz doing an incendiary cover of The Guess Who's classic "American Woman," as well as Melanie G. (a.k.a. Scary Spice) doing her take on Cameo's "Word Up," and R.E.M. covering Tommy James' "Draggin' The Line." Also on the soundtrack is a previously-unreleased BBC performance of "My Generation" by The Who, a Green Day instrumental called "Espionage," Marvin Gaye doing "Let's Get It On," Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello dueting on the former's "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," and a very special Dr. Evil rendition of "Just The Two of Us."

RESEARCH BRIEF: THE SWINGING WORLD OF AUSTIN POWERS

To understand Austin Powers one must understand the world from which he comes: mod London, a giddy, groovy state of mind that is psychedelic, super-sexed and innocently sweet.

Now Austin has a chance to return to those times in The Spy Who Shagged Me. To create an original vision of a late-'60s London crawling with hip cats and luscious liberated ladies, the filmmakers went to new lengths. Notes John Lyons: "This movie is bigger and bolder in every way than the first: sets, visuals, clothes and plot are taken beyond the first film."

Lyons continues: "Mike and Jay and Michael McCullers have such a clear view of who Austin is and how he exists in the world this time that they were really able to translate that into a strong style that is consistent through every technical aspect of the film. We were also able to assemble a really talented team of designers and a great D.P. who were capable of expanding their ideas far beyond the first film."

Ever the fashion plate, Austin gets to go even more all out as he reenters the '60s with a fab new wardrobe that expresses his personal couture philosophy: if it looks groovy, wear it man! Costume designer Deena Appel received critical acclaim for her hyper-chromatic '60s designs on the first Austin Powers. For the second installment, she had the challenge of "keeping it fun, bright, vibrant, graphic and original, but increasing the scope." That's why Austin returns in his classic velvet suit, but moves on to new looks from there. Appel explains: "Since this one actually takes place in 1969, we had to do even more research from fashion magazines and books, and from watching the films and television shows of the period. Mike [Myers] was extremely open to taking Austin further in his costumes, exploring all kinds of fun, adventurous and risky choices."

Appel also strove for more unabashedly sexier looks in The Spy Who Shagged Me, using lots of hot pants, crocheted dresses, suede fringe and leather boots for the '60s women who surround Austin. "It was a time of experimentation, of being very free and open, so we took that to its ultimate expression.

While she was going crazy with color in Austin's world, Appel was also challenged by the monochromatic fashions of Dr. Evil and associates. "For Dr. Evil, we keep a really narrow palette of black and white and silver. It's very 'Sleeper' inspired, expressing some of the goofiness of the '60s, riding th

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