Sunday, March 19, 2006

bombs under britain

had i gone to sxsw, this might have ended up like my last one...with me being stranded at the airport due to a snowstorm here in denver. alas, i had stayed home and my only entertainment was seeing V for Vendetta on the imax. sadly, no free booze at that event. i was a bit cautious as first, i was quite a comic book geek some time ago and so i knew i'd be judgemental. secondly, the last time alan moore disowned a movie based on one of his comics (league of extraordinary gentleman) it was one of the worst movies i'd ever seen. lo and behold i ended up walking away quite pleased with the movie. of course the movie involved natalie portman and things blowing up and i am a guy.

i had been curious about what would be on the soundtrack; something that always seems to be on my mind following that moment in the 90s where the soundtrack became as relevant and in some cases even outsold their celluloid counterparts. V only had four proper tunes, but they were interesting ones even if their were not all the most logical choices. was the inclusion of "Bird Gerhl" by Antony & The Johnsons due to his popularity in the uk or as many like to joke, have more in common with the personal life of one of the wachowskis? then if her commercial jingle debut wasn't enough, Cat Power's version of VU's "I Found A Reason" from her Covers Record shows up briefly (though strangely not as long as it's featured in the television trailor for the movie). they toss in Julie London's "Cry Me A River" to suit the portrayal of antiquities in the films and then finally the films credits are finally met with seems like the most appropriate of tunes, the Rolling Stone's "Street Fighting Man." the majority of the crowd didn't get up until after the song finished, which always impresses me. i am, however, floored that Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, which is so central to the film, didn't end up on the soundtrack release. (history lesson: the work commemorates the russian beat-down of napolean upon an attempted french invasion). coincidently it was also paired with explosions to great effect for....Caddyshack. maybe there's a gopher behind that guy fawkes mask.

now for today's track. a 2002 reissue of the Ramone's Too Tough To Die included a cover of the aftermentioned Stones' song.

the Ramones "Street Fighting Man"
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