Real Steel Soundtrack13.10.11 # Soundtrack # 12 Comments
The Real Steel soundtrack. Holy mother-lovin’ heck yeah, here comes the Real Steel! Nuts to your fake steel. Balls to your bog-standard ordinary steel. This is the REAL steel; as tough as Chuck Norris trimming his beard with a chainsaw.
And this alpha prime fury is reflected by the make-up of the first soundtrack for the movie (first because a score album by composer Danny Elfman, granted one track here, is due to be released in November), as ostensibly hard-edged hip-hop by the likes of Eminem side-project Bad Meets Evil and 50 Cent meets ostensibly hard-edged rock ‘n’ roll from the likes of Foo Fighters and Rage Against the Machine fret-wrangler Tom Morello.
But hold on! Real Steel is not quite the bout of rough ‘n’ tumble suggested either by its premise of two-ton robots smacking seven bells out of each other, or its testosterone-reeking soundtrack record. Exhibit A: direction comes courtesy of Shawn Levy, the man who via his Pink Panther remake finally achieved the impossible dream of putting Steve Martin and Beyoncé together in the same movie. Exhibit B: the Real Steel trailer which put all the emphasis not on the obvious selling point of the mechanoid pugilists, but rather the father-son relationship between Hugh Jackman’s Kenton and his adorable moppet of a son, Max. Exhibit C: a PG-13 rating. Exhibit D: the word ‘edited’.
Yes, edited. For that is how four tracks of the 13 on the Real Steel soundtrack are described, indicating that they have been snipped in order to excise all those naughty swears. Pity they just stopped at the effing and blinding in the case of Limp Bizkit’s Why Try and didn’t just trim the entire song, but there you go. And cussing or no cussing, the concoction of Real Steel is still undoubtedly a mannish one, almost to the point of knuckles being dragged along the ground.
Whether it’s the old-style blues-rock of Rival Sons (they want to be the Zep, they are much more the Crowes), the horribly dated-sounding link-up between the Prodigy and the aforementioned Morello (is it a sign that our pop culture is about to swallow itself entirely when a ‘90s record sounds infinitely more old hat than an ‘80s one?), or the excellent (but apparently snipped) Till I Collapse by Eminem, the vibe emitted is one a snarling show of masculinity, possibly in over-aggressive compensation for deficiencies in other areas (picture the scene: Jackman’s Wolverine goes for a piss, having catastrophically forgotten to retract his claws. Healing factor or no healing factor, he’s gonna need a transfer to a School for Gifted Eunuchs).
There are new tracks from 50 Cent and Timbaland, and the overall mix is softened ever so slightly by an acoustic contribution from Alexi Murdoch, perhaps just in the manner of Mike Tyson unwinding after biting someone’s ear off by listening to the soothing sounds of the Doobie Brothers. Don’t tell me he doesn’t.
Real Steel Soundtrack – Track List
1. Fast Lane – Bad Meets Evil (Edited)
2. Here’s a Little Something for Ya – The Beastie Boys (Edited)
3. Miss the Misery – Foo Fighters
4. The Enforcer – 50 Cent
5. Make Some Noise (Put ‘em Up) – The Crystal Method feat. Yelawolf
6. Till I Collapse – Eminem (Edited)
7. One Man Army – Prodigy & Tom Morello
8. Give It a Go – Timbaland feat. Veronica
9. The Midas Touch – Tom Morello
10. Why Try – Limp Bizkit (Edited)
11. Torture – Rival Sons
12. All My Days – Alexi Murdoch
13. Kenton – Danny Elfman
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