The ‘Atomic Blonde’ Soundtrack Is Really, Really Good
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.