The ‘Atomic Blonde’ Soundtrack Is Really, Really Good

Mike Wass | August 1, 2017 8:38 am
The Soundtrack Revival Of 2017
In many ways 2017 is the year of the soundtrack album. We find out why.

The great soundtrack revival of 2017 shows no sign of slowing down. Once considered a relic of the ’80s, movie and TV show tie-ins are suddenly big business again. If you don’t believe me, just have a quick scan of the iTunes download chart where you will find Baby Driver, Guardians Of The Galaxy Volumes 1 & 2, Moana, Trolls, Beauty And The Beast, Sing, Big Little Lies, The Fate of The Furious, 13 Reasons Why and La La Land listed next to the latest from Lana Del Rey, Jay Z and Arcade Fire.

You can now add Atomic Blonde to that list. The soundtrack to the Charlize Theron action flick is a somewhat surprising new entry in the top five. What’s the appeal? Well, this is a brilliantly-curated collection of ’80s new wave anthems (After The Fire’s “Der Kommissar” and A Flock Of Seagulls’ “I Ran So Far Away”) and classic rock songs (The Clash’s “London’s Calling”) with a German twist (Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom” and Nena’s “99 Luftballons”) to complement the Berlin setting. There are even a couple of super-cool covers.

Marilyn Manson and composer Tyler Bates tackle Ministry’s seminal “Stigmata,” Kaleida updates Nena’s aforementioned classic and HEALTH takes on New Order’s “Blue Monday.” Apparently, it was a major struggle to get the rights to all the music, but it was well and truly worth it.

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