Since we’re right in the middle of summer blockbuster season, it’s probably a good time for this question: What’s your favourite movie soundtrack of all time?
I’m pretty sure that the first album I every got was the original score to Stanely Kubrick’s 1968 classic, 2001: A Space Odyssey. I remember being very disappointed that “Also sprach Zarathustra”–the famous octave-jumping Richard Strauss composition used as the opening theme–was less than two minutes long. The rest of it–save for a lovely rendition of “The Blue Danube Waltz” was–far too weird and esoteric for me.
Because I’m from originally Winnipeg, it’s a rule that I have to be into the soundtrack from Phantom of the Paradise. For reasons no one has ever been able to explain, Brian DePalma’s schlock-rock masterpiece was embraced by Winnipeggers more than anywhere else on the planet.
When I got to university, my friend Candace introduced me to a weird German punk film called Cha-Cha starring people like Herman Brood, Lena Lovich, and Nena Hagen.
Weird, I know. But that’s the world of soundtracks. They can be very…abnormal.
So I put it to you: What are your favourite movie soundtracks or scores of all time?