What Ever Happened To the Epic Movie Soundtrack?

Titanic

It used to be the formula. Summer time, big movie, big name cast and a big-time soundtrack. Remember those days? We do, and we miss them so much.

Who can forget Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose” on the Batman Forever soundtrack — forgettable movie, but great song. Or how about R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” from Space Jam? Both classics. Celine Dion can pretty much drop the mic after she delivered “My Heart Will Go On” for Titanic. Get us every time.

Still, the big name, hit song, blockbuster movie soundtrack has gone down like the aforementioned Titanic.

Space Jam

One footnote can be the intro song for each installment of the James Bond franchise. Always laid down by a superstar artist, always ballsy, bold and sexy, just like 007.

An original score can be appreciated over time, or a well arranged compilation, but we’ll take Curtis Mayfield’s “Pusherman” from Super Fly or even Coolio’s “Gangster’s Paradise” from Dangerous Minds, any time. If we needed any more reason to appreciate Prince’s work right now, how about the entire album he made for Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989?!?

How cool would it be if Drake put something down for Creed, or if Daft Punk had put together something crazy for Mad Max: Fury Road?

Maybe studio’s don’t want to extend the budget, or maybe labels don’t want to extend their artists. If they think we didn’t notice, they’re wrong, and it’s truly a lost art.

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