The Avengers – Soundtrack29.04.12 # Soundtrack # 2 Comments
The Avengers soundtrack. Now that critics and UK audiences have finally seen The Avengers, aka Avengers Assemble, some long-held assumptions about the Joss Whedon-directed superhero blockbuster have been dispelled.
Exhibit A: for more than a year now, the smart money had been on Tom Hiddleston’s Loki teaming up with venerable Marvel Comics villains the Skrulls in a jointly nefarious quest to slap the brakes on the titular team of spandex-sporting BFFs.
But now the truth has been exposed. The real bad guys of The Avengers are not the Skrulls, but rather… the Ghosts of Grunge!
In recent years, the rock ‘n’ roll game has seemed as bedevilled by unoriginality as the film biz, with the phenomenon of old bands reforming to tour ancient albums coming over very much as the record industry’s answer to the movie reboot and 3D rerelease.
Which is why, I guess, the soundtrack to one of this year’s biggest movies is not headlined by some new and exciting act to make us all go “Yowzer!”, but a regrouped Soundgarden, the Chris Cornell-fronted outfit who outlived their usefulness some decade-and-a-half ago.
Still, although Cornell has lousy past form with blockbuster soundtracks (his Casino Royale song was almost certainly the crappiest Bond tune NOT to feature Jack White), at least he and the ‘garden have got up off their arses and delivered a brand new tune for The Avengers, in the shape of Live to Rise.
And with Soundgarden leading the way, like bigheaded dads trying to show all those young whippersnappers how this shove ha’penny malarkey is done, the rest of The Avengers soundtrack is equivalently heavy fare. There’s those shameless grunge copyists Bush (yes, really. They’re back too), and Papa Roach, who stemmed from the Nu-Metal craze which followed grunge as the US’s popular rock fad of the moment.
Indeed, amidst all the throttled guitar-necks and throbbing basslines, the one notable who fails to get a look in on The Avengers soundtrack is Alan Silvestri, the man who’s actually composed the music you’ll hear in Whedon’s movie when you all go to see it in your multitudes. Poor ol’ Alan has instead been forced to make do with his orchestral score being ghettoised on a separate soundtrack record, released apart from this more chart-friendly ‘inspired by’ album.
Having better luck on the inclusion front is Scott Weiland, another grunge veteran, who chips in with a new solo track, Breath, while one of the more interesting-sounding contributions comes from Weiland’s Velvet Revolver cohort Dave Kushner, via his newly-formed ‘cartoon band’, Pusherjones. Joining Kushner in the venture are members of Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age and Simpsons creative director Dave Warren.
TRACK 2. Live To Rise – Soundgarden
TRACK 8. Into The Blue – Bush
The Avengers Soundtrack – Track List
1. Live to Rise – Soundgarden
2. I’m Alive – Shinedown
3. Dirt and Roses – Rise Against
4. Even If Could – Papa Roach
5. Unbroken – Black Veil Brides
6. Breath – Scott Weiland
7. Comeback – Redlight King
8. Into the Blue – Bush
9. A New Way to Bleed (Photek Remix) – Evanescence
10. Count Me Out – Pusherjones
11. Shoot to Thrill – Theory of a Deadman
12. Wherever I Go – Buckcherry
13. From Out of Nowhere – Five Finger Death Punch
14. Shake the Ground – Cherri Bomb
15. Pistols at Dawn – Kasabian
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