The summer movie season has started, with its usual
explosions, violence, and soundtrack releases. 'Johnny
Mnemonic,' which most reviewers hated, is out in movie theatres
across the nation. My roommate says the most memorable part of
the movie is seeing Henry Rollins in his role as Spider. So we
thought we would check out the soundtrack and see if it deserved
Personally, I think the soundtrack sucks. They think
that by putting on tracks by bands who sound punk, post-punk, a
metal feel, it will lend a futuristic sound to the movie. Well,
why choose old tracks then? There is a lot of good punk, post-
punk, and very angry bands out there that make good music.
Instead, they chose music that's been played before but isn't
quite memorable. And why include Stabbing Westward (didn't they
break up or end up rock hell?)? No one buys their albums
However, they did make some good choices by including
KMFDM's 'Virus,' Cop Shoot Cop's '3 am Incident,' God Lives
Underwater 'No More Love,' and Helmet 'Complete.' They even
chose a song on which Henry Rollins actually sings instead of
screaming. (Sorry, Henry, I did lust for you but my roomie
compared you to Corey Feldman.) Those were good choices. Cop
Shoot Cop, Helmet, and God Lives Underwater are 1995 releases.
And it made me hungry to hear more of the full-length releases of
CSC, H, and GLU.
Domi's suggestion - don't buy the soundtrack unless you
buy it secondhand or get it for free. Get out and buy Cop Shoot
Cop, Helmet, and God Lives Underwater new releases.