Jess Lynch takes us through some of the best movie sound tracks of all-time. From Shrek to This Is England To Pulp Fiction and back again, Smashed Vinyl has got it covered. Get the popcorn ready, sit forward and enjoy part one!
Tarantino is a true genius when it comes to putting sound to film. Pairing the quirkiest and sometimes inappropriate musical scenes together in an impeccable and seamless manner. Pulp Fiction is probably Tarantino's most iconic musical soundtrack, due to the fact that it is so perfectly fitting to the mood, atmosphere and tone of the film. The soundtrack adds action, comedy and sleaze with tracks such as Misirlou, You Never Can Tell and Comanche. The 50's diners, 70's hairstyles, 80's mood and 90's overdoses work alongside the huge variation of musical styles in this film to create a timeless piece.
Twilight: New Moon
Whether you love or hate this franchise, it sure does have a great soundtrack, in particular New Moon. Featuring the likes of The Killers, Thom Yorke, Muse and Grizzly Bear, this soundtrack is indie heaven. It's the perfect soundtrack to accompany a rainy day; it's dark and cold yet romantic. Stand out tracks from the album have to be Possibility by Lykke Li with it's ghostly chill, Slow Life by Grizzly Bear ft Victoria Legrand of Beach House which is so hazy yet incredibly moving, Done All Wrong by The Black Rebel Motorcycle Club being one of those amazing songs that just ends too soon and of course Hearing Damage by Thom Yorke which doesn't need an explanation. It's Thom Yorke.
You may be unsure whether it's acceptable to genuinely like the Shrek soundtrack and if you are unsure, it's your lucky day because the answer to your question is YES. There's no doubt you've heard Smash Mouth's All Star at some point in your life and you most probably know at least the first verse off by heart. Within the franchise the soundtracks offer many classics and brilliant covers, such as Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows, Stay Home – Self, People Aint No Good – Nick Cave, Darling I Do - Landon Pigg and Lucy Schwartz, Barracuda - Fergie and Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin. "Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life".
The Great Gatsby
It's always a gamble to use current music in a period movie, however Luhrmann has already showed us that he can make it work and make it appear completely fitting and natural to the scene (Romeo and Juliet, The Moulin Rouge). Luhrmann worked with Jay-Z on blending hip-hop and traditional jazz in order to create "the same level of excitement and pop cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience", alongside The Bryan Ferry Orchestra, which really gives tracks such as Crazy In Love an authentic 20's sound. Excitement is definitely created by this soundtrack with tracks such as Bang Bang – Will.I.Am and A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie, yet it also captures the stories fateful tone with Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey and Together – The xx. The Roaring Twenties.