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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Kong: Skull Island sound track June 8, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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There’s hardly any surprise in the idea that songs are almost uniquely well-equipped as vehicles for (or cultural weapons delivery systems of) nostalgia. And there’s probably little easier than pulling together a collection of songs that function as short-hand for a film set in a specific time period. That said, it can be too easy, can’t it? Those who saw Captain Marvel may have enjoyed the film, but some of us I suspect thought that there was a glibness to the soundtrack. The 1990s weren’t all alt-rock and grunge, at least not on the radio stations I happened to listen to. Indeed the marginalisation of some genres of music as against broader pop and rock is often under appreciated. I may love my early Echo and the Bunnymen albums but I’ll bet good money on many of the pop songs from that period having a greater longevity.

And at first glance the songs selected for Kong: Skull Island, part of the Monsterverse that includes Godzilla, fitted into that shallow dive. For this is a period piece set in the 1970s. Jefferson Airplane? Check! Creedance? Check, check! Two tracks from them are used. But then… it goes in a slightly different direction. Is that The Stooges I hear? Why yes it is. And the harder edged tones of Paranoid from Sabbath? Yep. The Chambers Brothers (whose album Time Has Come Today is pretty great). And then what is that but Vietnamese psych-garage from the late 1960s. Now that’s an admirably deep dive in anyone’s book.

And kudos too to Henry Jackman who wrote the score. I like the title music (and particularly like the collage of imagery which offers a brief primer in the Monsterverse – see the next post), but there’s a short piece, Packard’s Blues, that uses slightly distorted electric guitar that slots perfectly in with the selection of songs.

Of course there are no great claims to be made for Kong: Skull Island, but someone – as with other aspects of the film, went to some trouble to put together something a little bit more interesting than the usual. Kudos.

Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers

Packard’s Blues – Henry Jackman (composed for film OST)

Minh Xuân & Phượng Hoàng – Mặt Trời Đen (Black Sun)

Jorge Ben Jor – Brother (1974)

The Stooges – Down on the Street

Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit

David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

Black Sabbath – Paranoid

The Hollies – Long Cool Woman

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through The Jungle (1970)

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