Watchmen Soundtrack17.01.09 # Soundtrack # 20 Comments
The Watchmen soundtrack. The 1987 literary masterpiece “Watchmen” has finally been squeezed into the film format. The impossible has been done. Whether it has been done well is left to be seen.
I don’t quite buy into the Zack Snyder hype. He’s constantly being called a “Visionary”. For what… a remake of a George Romero classic and a page for page literal interpretation of 300 in the Sin City style? If that’s visionary than what was Kubrick? I am however, a really big fan of the Watchmen book. My conflict lies in the fact that the Watchmen book was more an experiment on the comic book medium that is just not going to translate well into film. The story itself is brilliant, but inside sources say even that has been drastically altered in places.
When Terry Gilliam tried to tackle this project years ago, I had high hopes for it. I sensed he would “get it”. I envisioned the soundtrack to be very traditional in its use of orchestration. I hoped for a play off the standard John Williams-esqe superhero fanfare into more of a morose tone. Kind of a deconstruction of traditional superhero music just as the book was a deconstruction of the superhero.
Granted, I’ve only heard a fraction of the music cues for the Watchmen soundtrack, but I can tell where we’re heading here. The scoring project was handed over to Tyler Bates who has worked with Zack before and is seen hanging around Rob Zombie’s house from time to time. I’m not criticizing Bates’ talent but this isn’t what I would expect for a story like Watchmen.
This type of music works better for a film like “Doomsday” which he scored as well. We’re in for lots of hard driving techno metal, which like I said, I’m not criticizing, I just expect that style for your little teen action/horror vehicles instead.
I digress. I know not everyone can be satisfied by this undertaking. Like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Watchmen book just has too much meat to fit into one superhero action film… but at least Frodo and the gang weren’t escaping the Balrog to techno metal.
Watchmen Soundtrack (Songs) – Track Listing
1. My Chemical Romance – “Desolation Row” (a Bob Dylan cover)
2. Nat King Cole – “Unforgettable”
3. Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are A-Changin'”
4. Simon & Garfunkel – “The Sound of Silence”
5. Janis Joplin – “Me & Bobby McGee”
6. KC and the Sunshine Band – “I’m Your Boogie Man”
7. Billie Holiday – “You’re My Thrill”
8. Philip Glass Ensemble – “Pruit Igoe & Prophecies”
9. Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”
10. Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower”
11. Budapest Symphony Orchestra – “Ride of the Valkyries”
12. Nina Simone – “Pirate Jenny”
(The Watchmen trailer song “Take A Bow” by Muse is not included)
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