“Children Of Men” Proves That Prog-Rock Will Outlive Us All

Jan 23rd, 2007 // 11 Comments

We wouldn’t be so cruel as to give away any of the surprises in Children Of Men–we’ll leave that to the dickards at New York magazine, who revealed one of the movie’s plot twists without warning a few issues ago.* But we do want to highlight the movie’s excellent soundtrack, including that one great moment where [character redacted] is seen [verb redcated] while in the [location redacted], all set to King Crimson’s “The Court Of The Crimson King”:

King Crimson – The Court Of The Crimson King [MP3, link expired]

* Seriously! So dickardly! Would a spoiler warning have been too “lowbrow/despicable”?


  1. chrisb

    Great movie, great soundtrack. I particularly loved Franco Battiato’s version of “Ruby Tuesday.”

    And the homage to Pink Floyd’s Animals cover was a nice surprise.

  2. Ned Raggett

    You’re supposed to know everything about a film before you see it these days! What kind of Internet-based setup are you?

  3. Agro

    The combination of King Crimson and that scene is indeed awesome. I also thought the Jarvis Cocker song that plays during the closing credits was pretty great.

  4. h. ross piroshky

    slightly off-topic, but has anyone checked out that new Winger album….? the one that Kip claims might be influenced by King Crimson….?

  5. Ned Raggett

    Wait, the one with the porn angels and the soldier?

  6. noamjamski

    I did check out the new Winger album and I am happy to tell you it is not a Prog album. We all know that despite the cheese-tastic song writing all the guys in that band can PLAY so I was curious and checked it out.

    It is really banal hard rock and there are a few sections that are SLIGHTLY complicated enough that I see why they thought they were being proggy, but really they were not. Robert Fripp nor Mike Portnoy have anything to be concerned about.

  7. Kate Richardson

    Cuarón = one of the best contemporary filmmakers, if not THE best. His soundtrack for Y tu Mamá También is also masterful. Of course I’m assuming that he picks the songs for his movies, although someone else could be doing that, in which case he’s got a great song picker in addition to being a great director.

  8. Chris Molanphy

    Word to kaate – Y Tu Mama Tambien‘s soundtrack was killer.

    I don’t even like Floyd, and I whooped with delight when I saw the Animals reference. Made the hairs on my arm stand on end.

  9. Anonymous

    damn you, I was totally going to post about this.

  10. valerie

    That movie was fantastic. It made sense to me that Radiohead is the classic rock of the future.
    And that zen music wakes me right up.

  11. Deadly Tango

    Slightly off-topic — I’ve always though “Court of the Crimson King” was about 11 minutes long, but I only have it on vinyl. Is the CD mastered to break up the sub-parts into separate tracks? I kinda miss the calliope bridge section (where the fairies would do some stylized bowing dance before building back into the main riff)…

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