Drive, the Alternative Soundtrack
It’s only been a few days since we wrote about Cliff Martinez and his extensive soundtrack work. One of his most famous scores is set to Nicolas Winding Refn Drive. In a very ambitious move, radio host and DJ, Zane Lowe has put together an impressive set of acts to re-score the movie.
Chvrches, Foals, SBTRKT, The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Eric Prydz, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and ZCC (Simon Neil) seems to be the perfect fit for a reimagining of the movie. It’s set to premiere on UK’s BBC 3 on October 30th but you can already preview a short teaser trailer and the Chvrches single below.
An album will likely be released, and you can follow its release and pending leak here.
While Drive’s director has himself approved and seem to be excited about the score, there’s been some backlash since the original soundtrack has a cult following. In my own opinion, I think the project doesn’t necessarily aim to improve but to provide an alternative and a creative output for amazing artists. Lowe has responded on Twitter by saying “I’ve read some messages from people who are either confused or angry about #R1Drive. Its important to say no-one is trying to improve here.”
UPDATE: BIFFY CLYRO FRONTMAN PREMIERES NEW TRACK
Zane Lowe premiered ZZC’s, which is Simon Neil from Biffy Clyro, track from the new Drive soundtrack tonight. Listen below.
Well, it’s weird when anyone is redoing someone elses work. Especially when it’s with a soundtrack that so perfectly fitted the movie. Even if he’s not trying to improve, he is offering an alternative, why do we need that? Do we need a reinterpretation of the Blade Runner soundtrack? Is someone going to offer an alternative to Badalamenti’s score of Twin Peaks?
If he would have called it an expansion, sure, but an alternative makes it sound, even though Lowe denies it, that there was something in need of improvement.
well… so your problem would be gone if it would be called “expansion”. That would be just plain wrong, because in the bbc version, they did not add tracks, but replaced tracks, which made it an alternative, a tribute.
I think that all of the musicians on zane lowes soundtrack absoluteley LOVE drive and its original soundtrack. that’s why they loved the idea to put their own music in places where the movie really supported the effect of the soundtrack songs. it was for a bbc screening.
no one wants to improve or thinks “hey, I got a better song than the original for that scene”.
Tons of people that have NOT yet seen drive take this as an opportunity to watch it with the original score and this alternative. As a matter of fact I did. And of course the original fits better and is perfect. I still enjoyed the other one aswell. People should just stop complaining about the name or reason why music is made and start enjoying the tracks. If you can’t do that, you miss the whole point of music.
Yeah, struck me as weird too. Not even out of some possibility that the original soundtrack left something to be desired, but that I don’t see how these artists are appropriate for that movie.
Take Bring Me the Horizon for example. They recorded “Drown” specifically for this soundtrack, but how is that going to fit in to the atmosphere of the film? I just can’t really imagine it.
Bring Me The Horizon recorded “Don’t Look Down” for the soundtrack, “Drown” is just a single.
Zane Lowe has taken being a tosser to the next level with this! Why did he ever think he could do a better soundtrack then the original??? Tosser
he never thought that. or said that.
This is going to be worse than those infomercial tunning german techno compliations lol
The 1975 released their track, “Medicine,” on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/the1975/medicine