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10 Songs From 'Batman' Soundtracks You Probably Forgot About

Photo of Drew Taylor By Drew Taylor | The Playlist July 18, 2012 at 12:01PM

One of the more notable aspects, as far as tie-ins go, with the three Christopher Nolan Batman movies, is that there isn't a single pop song in the entire cluster of them. They are entirely pop-song-free, which is really something considering how soundtrack-driven the last batch of Batman movies were (beginning with the Prince-fuelled Tim Burton original and continuing through the two Joel Schumacher tragedies). In honor of "The Dark Knight Rises" (which really is as good as everyone is saying), we look back to the ten jams that defined the Dark Knight (that you might have forgotten about). All of these tunes are perfect for your next night out in Gotham City.
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Massive Attack and Tracey Thorn, "The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game" from "Batman Forever"
Today, the team up of mysterious trip-hop band Massive Attack and Tracey Thorn, formerly a trip-hopper herself but reborn in recent years as a sophisticated pop star, would be catnip to music fans everywhere. But little thought was given to this track from the "Batman Forever" soundtrack, an unheralded cut amidst all the big-name stars (Brandy, the Offspring, PJ Harvey, and The Flaming Lips also appeared) and showy singles. It's a cover of a Marvelettes Motown classic (other people who have covered it include, memorably, Grace Jones and Jerry Garcia), here slowed down and refined and pumped full of smoky atmosphere. We're not sure what, if anything, it has to do with Batman or the fair citizens of Gotham, but when you've got a song this groovy, that stuff doesn't really matter. 

Moloko, "Fun For Me" from "Batman & Robin"
Whoever was in charge of getting Moloko, the amazing Brit pop band led by incurably charming lead singer Roisin Murphy, exposure in the mid-nineties thought the answer could be found in jamming them into every soundtrack imaginable. While that might have worked out for fans of intelligent pop music (their song from "Mystery Men," "Colossus," might be even better than this), it didn't mean much in terms of upping their cachet in America and their last album wasn't even released domestically, the band split up, and Murphy has since had a tough go at a solo career despite being a total fucking genius. All that said, "Fun for Me" is a terrific pop ditty off the "Batman & Robin" soundtrack (one we're not entirely sure even plays in the movie). Plus, it's really fun to sing along to a song whose lyrics include the words "zing zang zoom." Zing zang zoom, planet earth. 

This article is related to: Batman, Features, The Dark Knight Rises


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