Episode 72 - The Movie Flop Mixtape
We haven’t done a mixtape in a wee while so we thought fuck it, let’s do something completely different.
This week we’re talking about the soundtracks from films that were commercial failures. There’s some surprisingly fertile ground in this genre, with some great films being considered box office flops, and some terrible films having great soundtracks or scores.
The three of us take very different routes on this episode which one could definitely describe as good, bad and ugly.
Chris chose the 1993 film Judgement Night, an average film which was an Emilo Estevez vehicle that strove to bust his Brat Pack image and cement him as a serious actor capable of taking on more gritty, adult material. The results are mixed. The soundtrack, however, is surprisingly good, with Immortal Records owner Happy Walters commanding some of the biggest rock and hip hop acts of the day to collaborate on a song. It’s a very interesting experiment.
Mark chose the 1986 Prince car crash Under the Cherry Moon. An absolute disaster of a film - which Price plays a gigolo who attempts to swindle a rich heiress in the French Rivera - it received a commercial and critical drubbing. The soundtrack album though, Parade, is one of his best records and contains mega hit ‘Kiss’.
And Weaver picked Under the Skin, the 2014 sci-fi art-house adored, Scarlett Johansson film which is perhaps best know as the one where she lures Glaswegian men into the back of a Transit van. It received a lot of critical acclaim but didn’t fare so well at the box office. The soundtrack was composed by London based singer/songwriter/composer/producer Mica Levi, and stands as the only proper score on our list.
Which is the best? Well, you decide. We all thought the ones we picked were the best. Vote below (the poll may take a few seconds to load).