The ‘Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later’ Soundtrack Embraces The Early ’90s
Wet Hot American Summer may be flashing forward when it returns for Season 2, but the Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later soundtrack should still be retro centric. The eight-part limited series is Netflix's second revival of the 2001 cult classic, following the 2015 prequel project First Day of Camp. But where the first batch of episodes backtracked, the second will leap forward, reuniting the Firewood gang after a decade apart for another shenanigan-filled run.
Since the first season was set in the '80s, its music was specific to that era, but it primarily featured original work courtesy of Craig Wedren, who led the team behind the soundtrack for both the show and movie. They even reprised "Higher and Higher," the proto-punk theme song from the original film. This time around, he'll return to push the score into 1991, and while there's no official soundtrack just yet, it should be another mix of '90s tunes and originals if he continues with that formula. One thing we know for sure? Season 1 anthem "Jane" by Jefferson Starship will be present and accounted for, and if you get impatient, you can always peruse some of the playlists Spotify curated for various characters from the show.
One of Wedren's fellow composers, Matt Novack, also teased some further details in a recent interview with the New Haven Register. "It’s definitely a bigger scope than the movie was originally. It goes into even crazier storylines," he told the outlet. "And music-wise, we wrote more music than last season ... There are a lot of different musical genres and styles and themes. I think it came along considerably well.”
That's not a lot to go off of, but fear not: Wet Hot American Summer is in good hands. Wedren has been involved with the story from the beginning, and apparently he's quite convincing when it comes to crafting vintage-oriented music. As he told Billboard in 2015:
"When I was trawling the Internet for people's reaction to the series, the first thing I saw was, 'What are these songs? I'm Shazam-ing them, but I can't find them.' I'm glad they pass."
And whether or not a formal soundtrack is released, you should be able to find at least some of the songs sans Shazam, since Wedren has been known to post them on his SoundCloud. Until then, you'll just have to put "Jane" on repeat.