March 19, 2011

Desert Island CD

Damn it! I thought I got off this stupid island for good! Where's my volleyball?

It seems that Castor just doesn't have a purpose in life if he isn't bringing us all together to participate in some glorious blog-a-thon of his own creation, but we love him for it, so complaints here. This new one is deceptively simple, and oh so tricky. Inspired by Andy's Desert Island DVDs event, Castor is hosting a Desert Island CD event. Here's how it works.

Trapped on an island, with only one compact disc, and one disc player with infinite battery life, we are allowed to choose the 12 songs that populate said disc. The catch? They all have to come from movie soundtrack. Damn! And here I was, ready to go with the twelve Muse songs I couldn't live without. Guess that'll have to wait for another time.

Anyway... Here are my choices. The twelve movie soundtrack songs I can't live without, in no particular order.

Check out the lists of everyone else who participated, here!

This isn't the album I ordered! Damn you Amazon!!

12. "A Familiar Taste" from The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
Reznor and Ross' excellent score for the "facebook" movie deservedly won that Oscar, and this is, in my opinion the creme de la creme of the album. All the tracks are excellent, but this one just gets me every time. The second the overdriven guitar comes in at around the minute mark? So good!

11. "End Credits" from Tron: Legacy (Daft Punk)
Daft Punk knocked it out of the park with their epically awesome score for the Tron sequel. Combining their traditional electronic sounds and beats with symphonic melodies is a match made in heaven, and the end credits of the film fully epitomizes that.

10. "Signal to Noise" from Gangs of New York (Peter Gabriel)
When the brutal Battle of the Five Points starts in Martin Scorcese's epic, you get the usual, somber, orchestral stuff. But then, out of nowhere, the twangy guitars and powerful bass explode out of your speakers and you are left dumb founded! It's a good feeling!

9. "The Departed Tango" from The Departed (Howard Shore)
A crime drama about mid-level Boston-Irish mobsters and their all out war with the Massachusetts Sate Police, with Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, and Mark Wahlberg, set to Spanish guitars? HELL YES!!!

8. "Time" from Inception (Hans Zimmer)
As a finale, it doesn't get much better than this. Listening to this as Christopher Nolan's masterpiece comes to a close, you really get the sense that you just experienced something otherworldly. The song gets your blood pumping and your heart racing, as only the best can.

7. "El Tango de Roxanne" from Moulin Rouge (The Police... sort of...)
The excellent soundtrack to Baz Lurhman's risky, but ultimately splendid, film hits all the right notes. This imaginative take on The Police's "Roxanne" is the most original, gripping, and entertaining of the lot. Also, the end is so unnecessarily over the top, just like any good musical should be.

6. "Rawhide" from The Blues Brothers (Frankie Laine)
Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi. Nuff' said!

5. "The Duel" from Crossroads (Steve Vai)
There is, literally, nothing better than hearing someone bust out a classical guitar solo on a distorted guitar! Literally! Nothing!

4. "Whatever This Song Is Called" from There Will Be Blood (Johnny Greenwood)
Easily the best score of the last ten years, this song, the name of which escapes me, is the backing for the film's most memorable scene. It's haunting, scary, and beautiful! Well done, Mr. Radiohead! Well done indeed!

3. "The Return of the King" from The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (Howard Shore)
This one gets the notice over every other song in Shore's impeccable catalog of music from Middle Earth because it leaves you with such a great feeling of catharsis. The journey is done; the king crowned! The song touches on every single iconic piece from the whole trilogy. Everything about LOTR is amazing, especially the score. If you want a taste of all the wonderful things it has to offer, just give this one a listen.

2. "The Godfather Waltz" from The Godfather (Nino Rota)
It's become one of the most iconic scores of all time. So subtle. So restrained. So timeless!

Made doubly awesome when played by Slash.

1: "Supermassive Black Hole" from Twilight (Muse)
Seriously? Did you honestly think this wouldn't be on here? No, it's not cheating! It was in Twilight! As much as it pains me to say it, that counts!


  1. The Return of The King is truly amazing since it has some qualities of all of the music scenery of the films. Dig the list!

  2. So that's where the name of your blog comes from! But Twilight... really? ;) Some really great tracks on this CD Sebastian, LOTR, The Godfather, There Will Be Blood, jeez awesome!

  3. @5plitreel: Many thanks.

    @Castor: Hey now! The soundtracks are, like, the only saving grace of those films. And, give a guy credit, I didn't use a vid with any TWILIGHT footage.

  4. "it was in Twilight, as much as it pains me to say it." haha!

    Glad you put ones of most recent cinematic success on here too, like Inception, The Social Network, LOTR, and Moulin Rouge. Great list!

    and you're right, Gangs of New York trips me out everytime those guitars come in

  5. "Roxanne" just missed the cut for my mix, but I'm happy to hear that it'll be blaring from another island.

    Great choices kind sir, especially happy to see The Blues Brothers getting some love.

  6. Yes The Blues Brothers, you rock!!! Of course I'm more partial to Stand by Your Man but I'll take Rawhide! I forgive you for Twilight. Hey, I have a Melanie Griffith movie on my list. I cannot judge!

  7. Horay for Supermassive :) glad to see another person put that great song in the CD. One of my favorite from Muse....tho, don't ask how I feel about the movie.

    The Duel is amazing!! Reading your list made me play that song again. Great List, Sebastian!

  8. Haha. Good call on that #1 track and hell yeah for putting Rawhide up there. Fuckin' A, man.

  9. I love the way the mustachioed guy screams "Roxxxxxannne!" in Moulin Rouge.

    Gotta say, though, I thought I would dig your CD a bit more. Of course, the Muse is awesome (where's Take a Bow from Watchmen? I almost included that), but it's a bit score heavy, and abstract-score heavy at that. Not bad, I just need a bit more diversity.

  10. Some high brow choices here...and also, Muse! :P

    Especially love the GODFATHER, THERE WILL BE BLOOD and GANGS OF NEW YORK selections. And TRON: LEGACY and THE SOCIAL NETWORK had two of my favourite scores of 2010, so you'll hear no disagreement there either

  11. @Fletch: I understand where you're coming from, but my rationale was, if it's a movie soundtrack, I'd want something that I could only get from the soundtrack, with a few exceptions. If I wanted "Gimme Shelter", I would get a Stones album, not the soundtrack to a Scorsese picture.

    And Take A Bow was only in the trailer, not the actual movie. Doesn't count.

    @Tom: Pa-leeze! Muse is as high brow as it gets. :p

  12. Sorry, I just had to comment again to say I've probably returned to this post fifty times to relisten to that GANGS OF NEW YORK piece. Phenomenal. Thanks Sebastian for making me realise I need to revist that film ASAP, if only for the music!

  13. @Tom: Hey, anything that sends traffic my way is alright by me. You are most welcome!