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 two!
This Is England
A perfect perception of England in the early 80's. This soundtrack takes you on a journey through time, illustrating the divide and struggles in Britain but more specifically in the skinhead movement with punk, reggae, ska and soul. Classics include 54-56 Was My Number by Toots And The Maytals, Return Of Django by The Upsetters and Warhead by UK Subs. The isolation and frustration of the time is also captured by Never Seen The Sea – Gavin Clark and the instrumental and dialogue tracks such as Oltremare by Ludovico Einaudi and This Is England. You will reminisce, you will laugh, you will cry.
Check out the This Is England series on 4oD or their soundtracks which can be found on YouTube.
Shaun Of The Dead
If you're British and you haven't seen this film, you're doing it wrong. The mixture of hip-hop, electro, rock and Britpop combined with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost is what determines a good time. The music in this film is so expertly placed, making each scene hilariously memorable. One of the films most memorable musical scenes has to be in the Winchester when Shaun, Liz and Ed are beating John, the (now zombie bartender) with pool cues, to Queen's Don't Stop Me Now. Shaun: "David, kill the Queen!" David: "What?" Shaun: "The jukebox!". The film is also full of awesome references to other iconic films such as Psycho, The Evil Dead and Dawn Of The Dead, with the inclusion of its theme during the Winchester plan scene. Genius.
This Guy Ritchie masterpiece involves money, theft, violence, gangsters and 'pikies' and illustrating the mood and atmosphere that goes alongside that classic iconography is acid jazz, Israeli folk, trip hop, tango and reggae. Guy Ritchie is one of the best storytellers of this generation and with the help of an ensemble cast, manages to subdue and captivate you as the audience over and over again. Music plays a huge part in Ritchie's stories in the way it can make you as the audience feel. Examples of this would be Now I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges in Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels which gives you a cold sweat and covers you in goosebumps. With a similar effect is the scene in Snatch when Mickey O'Neil's (Brad Pitt) mum's caravan is burnt down with her inside; Massive Attack's Angel leaving you breathless.
Whether you favour the directors cut or the original more, both versions have a great selection of music. A dark and twisted tale that will leave you questioning just about everything in your life. The soundtrack itself is accompanied with the films score which, is just as hauntingly mesmerising as the film, perfectly representing the fantasy element of the story whilst the soundtrack brings us back to reality with 80's classics such as Notorious by Duran Duran, Never Tear Us Apart by INXS and Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears. The constant battle between fantasy and reality, whats real and what's not is depicted by the contrast in the soundtrack and score. The soundtrack being recognisable and conventional to the time, whilst the score isn't which makes it discomforting and chilling.