The List: 11 awesome film scores composed by famous musicians
This week's release of "Gone Girl" marks the third David Fincher film scored (brilliantly) by Nine Inch Nails mastermind Trent Reznor and producer Atticus Ross, so I'm highlighting some of my favorite scores created by famous musicians-turned-composers.
"There Will Be Blood" by Jonny Greenwood
The guitarist had been in the background to Thom Yorke's genius, but this haunting score showed there's a lot of talent in Radiohead.
"Friday Night Lights" by Explosions in the Sky
Instrumental post-rock has an inherent film score quality - if I ever make a movie, I'm enlisting The End of the Ocean - but Austin-based Explosions in the Sky were the perfect pick for a tale of Texas high school football.
"The Virgin Suicides" by Air
Sofia Coppola's early career was marked with many great decisions, including tabbing this French electro-pop duo to score her debut film.
"Palo Alto" by Devonte Hynes
Sofia's niece Gia Coppola also had a great pick to score her debut film in Hynes (who also records as Blood Orange). Unfortunately, the score was probably the best thing about the movie.
"Hanna" by The Chemical Brothers
The '90s electronica gods (before EDM was a term) were perfect for the propulsive score this hyper-paced thriller required. As good a match of film and performer as you'll find.
"Shaft" by Isaac Hayes
The titular theme song is synonymous with Hayes (aka the voice of Chef on "South Park"), but if you want some transcendent instrumental '70s funk, spin this record.
"The Last Temptation of Christ" by Peter Gabriel
The ex-Genesis member/solo artist released one of his greatest albums with Passion, culled from the music for the film. He pulled together influences from the Middle East to Africa, and the result is goosebump-inducing.
"The Royal Tenenbaums" by Mark Mothersbaugh
Devo's Mothersbaugh has a long history of scoring projects - and a long history of working with director Wes Anderson - but this is the definitive high point of that collaboration.
"Requiem for a Dream" by Clint Mansell
The former lead singer of Pop Will Eat Itself has had a fine second career in film scoring, frequently partnering with director Darren Aronofsky. You may not know his "Lux Æterna" from this film by name, but you could probably name that tune in four notes if you heard it.
"Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai" by RZA
The leader of the Wu-Tang Clan is a sonic ninja, so the collaboration in this Jim Jarmusch martial arts tale made perfect sense. RZA also lent his talents to Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" epic.
"The Place Beyond the Pines" by Mike Patton
The amazingly versatile Faith No More vocalist has long been influenced by film scores (particularly Italian ones), so it was only a matter of time before he was scoring films himself. And he's awesome at it.