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Goregirl’s Favourite Composers of the 1990s: HOWARD SHORE

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 23, 2013 by goregirl

Fellow Canadian Howard Shore is best known in my world as being a frequent collaborator with another Canadian; director extraordinaire David Cronenberg. Shore scored Cronenberg’s 1979 film The Brood and has scored almost every one of Cronenberg’s films since. These days Shore is best known for composing the award winning score for Peter Jackson’s immensely popular The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the recent The Hobbit; but his work with Mr. Cronenberg will always remain my personal favourites. Shore was a member of the Canadian band Lighthouse (1969 – 1972) and created his musical magic for Lorne Michaels and Hart Pomerants’s The Hart & Lorne Show. He followed his short lived stint on The Hart & Lorne Show with another Lorne Michael project and became music director for the long running show Saturday Night Live from 1975 – 1980. Shore composed a ton of scores through the 80s but since this is a feature focusing on the 90s I included only his resume from that decade. By no means do I love every film on this list but Shore sure did score a lot of popular films from the decade.

1990 Made in Milan (documentary short)
1990 Scales of Justice
1990 The Local Stigmatic
1991 A Kiss Before Dying
1991 Naked Lunch
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
1992 Prelude to a Kiss
1992 Single White Female
1993 Guilty as Sin
1993 M. Butterfly
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire
1993 Philadelphia
1993 Sliver
1994 Ed Wood
1994 Nobody’s Fool
1994 The Client
1995 Moonlight and Valentino
1995 Se7en
1995 White Man’s Burden
1996 Before and After
1996 Crash
1996 Looking for Richard (documentary)
1996 Striptease
1996 That Thing You Do!
1996 The Truth About Cats & Dogs
1997 Cop Land
1997 The Game
1999 Analyze This
1999 Dogma
1999 eXistenZ
1999 Gloria

I was surprised how much Howard Shore I had in my collection and yet I had not a single piece from the composer posted on my YouTube channel! Clearly that needed to be rectified! Music and images from James Mangold’s 1997 film Cop Land. Mashed Potatoes Don’t Mean Gravy composed by Howard Shore.

There will be more Howard Shore tracks to come but here is one more newly posted piece; one of his excellent collaborations with Mr. Cronenberg. Music and images from David Cronenberg’s 1996 film Crash. Music composed by Howard Shore.

Goregirl’s Favourite Composers of the 1990s: ANGELO BADALAMENTI

Posted in movies with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2013 by goregirl

“My (musical) world is a little bit dark… a little bit off-center. I think of it as tragically beautiful. That is how I would describe what I love best: tragically beautiful.” Quote taken from Wikipedia’s Angelo Badalamenti page.

Angelo Badalamenti’s first film score credit was Gordon’s War (1973) under the pseudonym Andy Badale. His first Angelo Badalamenti credit was for David Lynch’s 1986 film Blue Velvet; he would go on to compose several more scores for Mr. Lynch. He composed for a handful of other 80s films including A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Tough Guys Don’t Dance (1987), Weeds (1987). Cousins (1989), Wait Until Spring Bandini (1989) and Christmas Vacation (1989). Badalamenti really hit his stride in the 90s however with this impressive list from the decade’s television and film:

1990 Industrial Symphony No. 1: The Dream of the Brokenhearted (TV movie)
1990 Wild at Heart
1990 The Comfort of Strangers
1990-1991 Twin Peaks (TV series)
1992 Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
1992 On the Air (TV mini-series)
1992 Cerimònia d’inauguració jocs olímpics Barcelona ’92 (TV movie)
1993 Naked in New York
1993 Hotel Room (TV mini-series)
1994 Witch Hunt (TV movie)
1995 Les enfants de la cité perdue (video documentary short)
1995 The City of Lost Children
1996 Profiler (TV series)
1997 Lost Highway
1997 The Blood Oranges
1997 Cracker (TV series)
1999 Mulholland Dr. (TV movie)
1999 Arlington Road
1999 The Straight Story
1999 Holy Smoke
1999 Forever Mine
1999 Story of a Bad Boy

I am madly in love with Angelo Badalamenti’s collaborations with David Lynch. I have posted several tracks featuring Badalamenti’s Lynch work on my YouTube channel. I was obsessed with Twin Peaks and its wonderfully eccentric characters. I can’t imagine better accompaniment than Badalamenti’s beautiful haunting score. Badalamenti so perfectly captures the menace, the mayhem, the quirkiness, the sadness, the seduction and the richness of Lynch’s stories. Here are a couple of the Twin Peaks tracks I’ve posted on YouTube…

A good score is so important to the feel of a film. When the composer shares a singular vision with the film maker it is magic. Badalamenti’s Lynch work is extra special music to my ears, but those are not the only outstanding scores he has created. Particularly solid was his work for Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2004 film A Very Long Engagement and Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 1995 film The City of Lost Children. I have actually not seen A Very Long Engagement, but it is in my queue to watch after 90s month. I have however heard the soundtrack and look forward to experiencing Badalamenti’s lovely music and Jeunet’s images come together. Here is a YouTube track I posted with music and images from The City of Lost Children

Badalamenti was a busy man right through the 2000s scoring films like The Beach, Mulholland Dr., Auto Focus, Cabin Fever and Before the War to name just a few. Angelo Badalamenti is currently scoring two films listed as being in post-production Stalingrad and The Wait. I am going to leave you with one more piece of Badalamenti; Music and images from David Lynch’s Brilliant 1990 film Wild At Heart. Dark Spanish Symphony composed by Angelo Badalamenti…