Another unoriginal sountrack

What is it with these big blockbuster films? Every year they are advertised to death, taking over every waking moment of your day. You see them advertised on TV; in the paper; on the radio; on the sides of buses and before you know it you are one of the braying masses who wastes yet another two hours of your life watching some over blown action film called “Death Driver 8: The Final Race” or “Hell Face 12”. You leave angered at your own stupidity of watching yet another crap-athon and vow never to do it again, but you do, because advertisers are clever and we aren’t.

What makes matters worse is their appalling soundtracks. If you go and see a big budget action film which does actually include music from bands, you will almost certainly be served up some Slipknot, maybe some Nine Inch Nails and if you are really lucky and have been a good little boy or girl, there will be some Marilyn Manson. If you have been bad, there will be some Disturbed.

Resident Evil: Extinction is another in a long line of the film franchise’s desperate attempts to wring some more money out of everyone who might have ever played the Resident Evil games and with the laughable assumption that if you like the game, you’ll like the film and if you like the film, you’ll certainly love the soundtrack album and we all know what assumptions do....

Although trying to get a little nu-skool with the additions of Goth rockers Aiden, Victory Records Bayside and Deep Elm’s Fightstar (trying to appeal to the young, trendy demographic), it seems that they are trying to sell a bit of lifestyle product of sorts. Clever in the way that they can market the album as the “Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” when it only contains a couple of scores from the actual film and the rest of the album is just seems to be ground for record labels to release tracks and remixes they don’t know what to do with and try and appeal to a different demographic. None of the labels involved have done anything to improve their status by contributing some dusty old pap from their back catalogues on to a soundtrack for a film which was never that good in the first place.

There is a pretty strong assumption that if you like a film, you will go out and buy a soundtrack: if you hate it, which you undoubtedly will, you certainly wouldn’t entertain the idea of buying it. Technically that soundtrack never really was there in the first place, whether you like it or not, most songs on “soundtrack” albums were never on the films. You might as well just make your own.