Friday, July 10, 2015

Friday 80s Flashback for July 10, 2015



[Batman 1989] -- I'm at the San Diego International Comic-Con this week. This afternoon, I saw the 3rd Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel, and it got me to thinking about superhero movie scores from the past. So, I thought we could flash back to one of the most iconic pieces of film music from the 80s: the Batman: Original Motion Picture Score by Danny Elfman! Prior to scoring films, Elfman was known for his work with that great band of the 70s and 80s, Oingo Boingo (responsible for such hits as "Dead Man's Party" and "Weird Science"). However, after scoring his first film (for his brother) in 1982, Elfman has gone on to develop scores for many TV and film projects. And he has been nominated for many awards, winning (for example) a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Composition Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (for Tim Burton's Batman) and an Emmy Award for his Desperate Housewives theme. Elfman's work on the 1989 Batman score is recognized on a rather wide scale because it was later used as the basis for the theme music in Batman: The Animated Series (1992) as well as the soundtrack for several Lego Batman video games.

No trio of Flashbacks this week. Instead I'm using the Soundtrack Suite that SGTBizarro posted to YouTube. This recording has ten pieces from the Expanded Archival Collection of Batman: Original Motion Picture Score, which is, unfortunately, no longer available for purchase. The tracks in this recording are:

  • 0:00 Main Title
  • 2:32 Roof Fight
  • 4:17 Joker's Poem
  • 5:10 Batwing I
  • 5:33 Attack of the Batwing (Batwing II & III)
  • 10:16 Charge of the Batmobile (Film version)
  • 11:53 Descent Into Mystery
  • 13:15 Up the Cathedral (Cathedral Chase)
  • 18:04 Finale
  • 19:45 End Credits (Batman Theme Reprise)



Well, that's all till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the archives. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

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I'll see you in seven!

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