Gary Barlow Curates ‘Eddie The Eagle’ Soundtrack, Featuring New Songs By ’80s Artists
Filmmaker Matthew Vaughn and Take That‘s Gary Barlow are continuing their collaborative relationship with the movie Eddie The Eagle, for which Barlow is curating a soundtrack of original songs recorded by a virtual Who’s Who of pop acts who ruled the British (and, on occasion, American) charts the 1980s.
The film, a biopic, stars Welsh actor Taron Egerton as Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards, a skier who became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in ski-jumping at the 1988 Olympics. The movie also stars Hugh Jackman, as Edwards’ trainer, and Christopher Walken. Eddie The Eagle, produced by Vaughn, hits theaters on February 26.
As for music, Fly (Songs Inspired By The Film ‘Eddie The Eagle’) is an album assembled by Barlow that’s almost entirely comprised of original tracks composed and performed by such ’80s acts as Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Tony Hadley of Spandau Ballet, Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s Holly Johnson, Heaven 17 and Howard Jones. Digital Spy reports that Egerton and Jackman’s duet on the album, “Thrill Me,” was written by Barlow and OMD‘s Andy McCluskey.
Barlow’s band Take That previously provided music for the Matthew Vaughn-directed films Stardust, X-Men: First Class and Kingsman: The Secret Service. And just to bring things entirely full circle, Egerton starred in the latter of those.
Fly (Songs Inspired By The Film ‘Eddie The Eagle’) tracklist
1. Holly Johnson , “Ascension”
2. Howard Jones , “Eagle Will Fly Again”
3. Marc Almond, “Out of the Sky”
4. Tony Hadley, “Moment”
5. Midge Ure, “‘Touching Hearts and Skies”
6. Nik Kershaw, “The Sky’s the Limit”
7. ABC, “Living Inside My Heart”
8. Kim Wilde, “Without Your Love”
9. Andy Bell, “Fly”
10. Go West, “Determination”
11. Heaven 17 , “Pray”
12. Paul Young, “People Like You”
13. Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, “Thrill Me”