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#5 At the Movies ; God's Jukebox Top Ten of Everything

September 25, 2013

YellowBrix

DJ and musician, Richard Wilson, gives us the lowdown on his very personal top tens of everything he can think of.

Blame Star Wars. I was five years old when that Star Destroyer rolled over my head at the old Odeon Cinema and John Williams' Wagneresque masterpiece made an already epic spectacle even more, well, epic. Since then I've been hooked on soundtracks. Whether it's the shear scale of an orchestral score, or the art of finding that quirky, or even downright weird, film cue from a cult curio, the soundtrack is that little bit of a movie that keeps on satisfying. Here's my list of the grandiose and the oddball, let's dim the lights... 1. Psycho, Bernard Herrmann (1960) - This perfect, spiralling composition brings a foreshadowing of turmoil to the early scenes of Hitchcock's masterpiece.

2. The Family Way, Paul McCartney (1966) - Some would call this the first solo album by a Beatle, although Paul didn't play on it. This delightful curio has echoes of Eleanor Rigby.

3. Batman Returns, Danny Elfman (1992) - I feel that Elfman had fun hamming up this gothic spectacle and scattering those fabulous feline strings all over it. Meeow! 4. Berberian Sound Studio, Broadcast (2013) - I haven't even seen the movie yet but the soundtrack bodes well. Franco-pop trip-hop geniuses, Broadcast, always used to nick their best samples from old movies, and atmospheres are their speciality.

5. Midnight Cowboy, John Barry (1969) - I chose this one because of its ability to mirror the darkness that lies underneath the surface of the grim world Hoffman and Voight's characters lived in. 6. Rocky, Bill Conti (1977) - For when you have to run up a flight of steps or shout, Adrian!! with a bendy face. 7. Blade Runner, Vangelis (1982) - Ridley Scott's dystopian classic would be a lesser movie without Vangelis' ambient score.

8. Jaws, John Williams (1975) - Spielberg made a film where we don't get to see the monster until nearly half way through. What we get instead is William's classic, two note, leitmotif.

9. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Jack Nitzche (1975) - Just because everyone needs at least one record with a saw solo.

10. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, James Horner (1982) - Taking its cues from swashbuckling adventures and submarine movies, this soundtrack is a belter, and almost means I can forgive James Horner for Titanic. Catch the God's Jukebox Indie Disco at The Asylum on Friday 27th and his ever growing music blog at godsjukebox.wordpress.com, leave your own suggestions for great and weird soundtracks and continue the conversation @GodsJukeboxDJ and facebook.com/GodsJukebox

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