Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Drive (Cliff Martinez Appreciation Post)

Went to see 'Drive' last night. Had never seen any of Nicholas Winding Refn films before but had heard great things about the Pusher Trilogy and Bronson, and obviously this had Christina Kendricks in it so needed to be watched. She's actually in it for about 5 minutes but anyway.

As the credits started rolling I saw that the score for the film was done by Cliff Martinez, and I just rolled back in my seat... got comfortable. I knew I was in good hands musically. Martinez is responsible for some of my favourite modern-day film scores, namely Traffic and Steven Soderbergh's remake of Solaris. Fantastic suites of music. The Traffic OST was quickly deleted, but fortunately for you music-fans Martinez has made all of his deleted soundtracks available for FREE DOWNLOAD. Awesome-o.

Anyway, I digress. Needless to say, the sounds in 'Drive' are on point. Musically (and visually) it feels very much like an homage to the 80s work of Michael Mann. Mann's films were largely scored by the kosmische band Tangerine Dream and their various members, so it's no surprise that Martinez's roots are in rock music; he played drums for Captain Beefheart, in his final incarnation of the Magic Band, and then for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers on the early albums where they worked with George Clinton as producer.

Despite all this love for Martinez, what really steals the show in Drive is the song 'A Real Hero' performed by College (featuring Electric Youth). Don't know much about the band, a quick googling shows that they are a belgian electro-pop band doing the whole 80s revival thing. The song just fits so perfectly. it crops up at various points in the film, but when it plays over the end credits, it's heartbreaking. WHAT A SONG. I can't remember the last film I saw where the music was this impressive. It's highly recommended.

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