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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.

Listen To The Watchmen Soundtrack

You can buy the album on cd here or as mp3s here.
Get the score on cd here or as mp3s here.

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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  • Raven said

    When Lori and Can go out to dinner theres this song that to me sounds like german, its a woman singing. whats that one? anyone knows?

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  • Michael said

    Hi in the dvd on the screen where the play, set up, Special features and scene selection options are shown (that is the dvd options screen i guess to the movie) there is a song playing in the background with like a guitar riff in it. Which song is that? Because i have not managed to find that particular song because its not really “in the movie” but only on the options screen.. Please help me find the name of the song..

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  • Katherine said

    why Take A Bow not???
    should be is in the first in the List of the Soundtrack

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  • str3ak said

    seriously ppl either youv read the graphic novel and not noticed or your blind and/or stupid cas at the end of each chapter you hav little quotes from songs and those songs wer played in th right places nd times…frank did an exceptional job translating th graphic novel from book to screen easily my fave alan moore book to big screen book at the end of this year th full directors cut is coming out with th original ending and its gonna be longer than th cinema version rumours hav it!!

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  • Trenton Price said

    Killer soundtrack!Killer freakin’n movvie! Can;t watch it enough.

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