Posted on 25 February 2010 by Rich Drees
Music has always been a good way to help a film evoke the time period in which it is set. Next month’s comedy Hot Tub Time Machine – in which John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson and Clark Duke find themselves in 1986 after a drunken dip in the titular tub – is set to feature some great tunes from the decade that gave us the Brat Pack, Reaganomics and skinny ties.
Entertainment Weekly managed to get the film’s director Steve Pink to spill on some of the tracks that will grace the film’s soundtrack and it reads like a good overview of the middle of the decades pop charts. Here are the artists that Pink
- Salt ‘N Pepa’s “Push It,”
- New Order’s “Bizarre Love Triangle,”
- David Bowie’s “Modern Love,”
- Scritti Politti’s “Perfect Way,”
- Men Without Hats’ “The Safety Dance,”
- “Save It For Later” by the English Beat
Additionally, the film’s red band trailer also featured INXS’s “What You Need” and Dead Or Alive’s “You Spin Me (Round Like A Record),” though that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’ll be in the finished film. Musicologists, of course, will point out that “Push It” was actually released in March 1987 and “Bizarre Love Triangle,” barely squeeks in to 1986, having been released in November. But does such an anachronism really take the average movie-goer out of a film? Probably not, especially if the movie is as entertaining as Hot Tub Time Machine‘s trailers are promising. We’ll find out March 26th.
Posted on 24 January 2009 by Rich Drees
Fans of movie soundtracks who are also looking forward to Zack Snyder’s epic comic book adaptation Watchmen have a double treat in store for them on February 24 as Warner Music will be releasing two albums of music from the film- a soundtrack album featuring songs from the film and a second disc featuring music from the film’s original score composed by Tyler Bates.
(The original press release and the albums’ Amazon listings give a March 3 release date, but the soundtracks’ website gives the February date, so we’re going with that for the time being.)
Additionally, Warners is releasing the “Watchmen Music Collectors Edition 7″ Box Set” on March 24. The set will be comprised of 7 vinyl picture discs with images of the Watchmen characters from both the film and the graphic novel. The music in the set will be comprised of 13 tracks from the score album and My Chemical Romance’s “Desolation Row” from the soundtrack album.
Although I probably won’t pick them up myself, I like that Warners is releasing the picture disc set. Picture discs, a record with a picture emblazoned on it instead of the traditional black vinyl, are very much an artifact of the 1980s. Artists would release them as limited collector’s edition, often with a remix of a hit song or a tune that didn’t make it on to an album as a bonus track. (I know I have a few from Talking Heads and a few other groups packed away somewhere.)
If Warners continues this pattern of recalling the 1980s with their merchandising, I firmly expect to see a home video release of Watchmen on Betamax and laserdisc.
If you are interested in hearing a sneak preview of what Bates has composed for the film, head over to the soundtrack’s website for a sample.
Both the Watchmen Soundtrack and the Watchmen-Original Motion Picture Score are available for pre-order at Amazon.
The track lists for both albums are after the break