In honor of being in the middle of summer movie season and the biggest movie of the year being released this week, here are 25 tracks about specific movies, or the movies in general.
- Scott Walker not only wrote songs about movies, but had, in his early days, a cinematic flair that seemed deeply influenced from films. This is what it might have sounded like if Bergman’s film was a Spaghetti Western.
- The Union Forever=Citizen Kane. It took me forever to realize this
- I LOVE exploitation films and I have a soft spot for the out of place ballads that often played during their credits. Outside of the original The Crazies, this gorgeously haunting piece from the “banned in 40 countries” Cannibal Holocaust is the most interesting of these pieces. The film itself, is, I think a classic, though I would only recommend it to only the most serious of students of horror. Aside from inventing the found footage subgenre, while it’s political framing is to cover its loose “ethics,” it somehow, and unintentionally, says a lot and complicates issues of violence on film. Ortolani also scored another infamous yet important film: Mondo Cane
- Charlie Don’t Surf, references Apocalypse Now
- I love how the Meco “Empire” soundtrack trades (most of) the campy Disco of their first album for an almost Joy Division-lite sound.
- Debaser refs. Un Chien Andalou
- Popul Vuh is most famous for scoring Herzog’s films in the 70’s but they made some masterworks of New Age/krautrock hybrid music. “Hosianna Mantra” is a favorite album for me to put on Sunday afternoons.
- Stereo Total is a French band. This is from their excellent debut which was produced by Alex Chilton because of course it was.
- Goblin IS the soundtrack of 1970’s horror. Suspiria may be the greatest score ever but I’ll save that for Halloween.