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BItter Balcony Presents Ear-Plugs: The Crow Motion Picture Soundtrack


The Crow Motion Picture Soundtrack

Taking it back to 1994, listening to “The Crow” soundtrack is like turning the page of an old almanac and thinking, “wow, has it really been 15 years since most of these bands were relevant?" Do people still listen to Medicine or Machines of Loving Grace? Even bands that we loved like Helmet and Rollins Band have faded away, while others like Rage Against the Machine and Stone Temple Pilots cash in occasionally with reunion shows. Like a blast from a no-so-long-ago past, this collection of songs, along with the “Singles” and “Judgment Night” soundtracks, remind us how cool and innovative music was a decade ago.

“The Crow” soundtrack has 13 songs, mixing tunes from the aforementioned then-rising stars with the established alternative acts such as The Cure, Violent Femmes and metal heroes Pantera. “The Crow” is a rather emblematic film of the ‘90s youth, based on the mature graphic novel by James O'Barr and directed by Alex Proyas. The nihilism, dark scenery, energy and real-life tragedy behind the movie (star Brandon Lee was accidentally killed during production) was parade to the music behind the story. The balance of aggression and melancholy is well distributed in this compilation, from Helmet's post-hardcore "Milktoast” and Pantera's riff-roaring screamfest "The Badge" with the softer "Time Baby III" by Medicine and the hip "Snakedriver" by 120-minute regulars Jesus and Mary Chain.

The highlights of this soundtrack belong to Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots. Trent Reznor's rendition of Joy Division's "Dead Souls" is powerful and angry, reconfiguring the original dour composition into a passionate song that feels like it belonged to NIN all along. Also, Stone Temple Pilots’ heavy ballad "Big Empty" is arguably their best song as a band, distancing themselves from that Pearl Jam Jr. label they carried in their heyday. The soundtrack does have a couple of doozies, like the forgettable For Love Not Lisa's "Slip Slide Melting" and pre-Evanescence over-the-top "It Can't Rain All The Time" by Jane Sibbery. We guess Tori Amos was too busy at the time. Overall, “The Crow” a pretty good soundtrack and a solid companion piece to one of the memorable movies of the ‘90s.

1."Burn" - The Cure (Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Perry Bamonte) – 6:39
2."Golgotha Tenement Blues" - Machines of Loving Grace (Scott Benzel, Mike Fisher, Stuart Kupers, Thomas Melchionda) – 4:01
3."Big Empty" - Stone Temple Pilots (Dean DeLeo, Scott Weiland) – 4:56
4."Dead Souls" - Nine Inch Nails (Joy Division) – 4:54
5."Darkness" - Rage Against the Machine (Rage Against the Machine) – 3:41
6."Color Me Once" - Violent Femmes (Gordon Gano, Brian Ritchie) – 4:09
7."Ghostrider" - Rollins Band (Martin Rev, Alan Vega) – 5:45
8."Milktoast" (also known as "Milquetoast") - Helmet (Page Nye Hamilton) – 3:59
9."The Badge" - Pantera (Poison Idea) – 3:54
10."Slip Slide Melting" - For Love Not Lisa (For Love Not Lisa) – 5:47
11."After the Flesh" - My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult (Buzz McCoy, Groovie Mann) – 2:59
12."Snakedriver" - The Jesus and Mary Chain (William Reid, Jim Reid) – 3:41
13."Time Baby III" - Medicine (Jim Goodall, Brad Laner, Jim Putnam, Ruscha, Beth Thompson) – 3:52
14."It Can't Rain All the Time" - Jane Siberry (Graeme Revell, Jane Siberry) – 5:34

Check out this fan-video of Nine Inch Nails' "Dead Souls".


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