Well, big movies, big names and big music. That seems to be the game these days. Sound-tracks have managed, in some cases, to save a mediocre movie and vice versa.
The last real good movie/soundtrack relationship was maybe back in 1994 when the cutting-edge compilation soundscape for "The Crow" was released.
The soundtrack was exciting, new and in-your-face. The movie, aside from the tragic death of the star - Brandon Lee - was exciting, if a bit overindulgent on the violence. But there was no denying the dynamic pairing of the movie and the music.
These days a hip soundtrack almost guarantees a below average movie. Take "Johnny Mnemonic" and "Batman & Robin" for instance. The tunes on those CDs were just murky filler performed by big names. In other words, they were a waste of time.
Getting back to my point, there have been a couple of soundtracks that could have been much better if there were a couple of "no-brainer" songs on them - you know, for good measure.
"Godzilla's" soundtrack includes a rehashed sample of Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir" with Puff Daddy and Zep's guitarist Jimmy Page. The hit of the album is the Wallflowers' remake of David Bowie's "Heroes."
I can think of another sound-track that should've used the Wallflowers' interpretation. The movie? "Almost Heroes," of course.
Irking me even further was an obvious overlook. Why is Blue Oyster Cult's monster tune, "Godzilla," missing in action?
I know the "Godzilla" producers tried to make the movie more serious and leave out the campiness, but that song would have added so much more.
- ON THAT SAME NOTE: Although "Black Dog" is necessarily a country/western movie, shouldn't the Led Zeppelin tune - also called "Black Dog" - have made an appearance, just to shake things up?
OK, there's more: Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" would have sounded great on Jackie Chan's "Mr. Nice Guy" soundtrack. And Journey's "City of the Angels" might have shed new light on the Meg Ryan-Nick Cage "Angels" movie. Then there's the Trogg's "Wild Thing," which could have spruced up Neve (that's actually pronounced Nev) Campbell's "Wild Things."
- FINAL FOR REELS: The sound-track for "Armageddon" hit the racks a few weeks ago.
Now, why was Def Leppard's "Armageddon It" left off?
Before you start thinking about the fact that Def Leppard's prime was a decade ago, I guarantee that you will scratch your heads at the Lone Star trio, ZZ Top, on the soundtrack doing the overused hit "La Grange." ("Yes, Mr. President, the comet is the size of Texas.")
Then again, looking back, there was no song called "The Crow" found on "The Crow."