Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Watch: Spoiler-ific Local News Report On 'Batman v. Superman' That Caused WB To Lauch A Lawsuit Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Christopher Nolan Says 'Interstellar' Is About "What It Means To Be A Dad”; Plus Check Out New Pics Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' Paul Schrader, Nicolas Winding Refn & Nicolas Cage Campaign Against Their Film 'Dying Of The Light' WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting WTF: Horror Hit 'Annabelle' Yanked From French Theaters Due To Rioting Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson Retrospective: The Films Of Paul Thomas Anderson WB Reveals Full DC Slate Through 2020, Including Two 'Justice League' Pics, 'Wonder Woman,' 'Green Lantern' & More WB Reveals Full DC Slate Through 2020, Including Two 'Justice League' Pics, 'Wonder Woman,' 'Green Lantern' & More Brad Bird Explains Why He Passed On Directing 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Brad Bird Explains Why He Passed On Directing 'Star Wars: Episode 7' Shia LaBeouf Cut His Own Face, Fought The Cast & Got A Tooth Pulled Making 'Fury' Shia LaBeouf Cut His Own Face, Fought The Cast & Got A Tooth Pulled Making 'Fury' Robert Downey Jr. To Join Chris Evans In ‘Captain America 3’ Which Will Help Launch A New Phase Of Marvel Robert Downey Jr. To Join Chris Evans In ‘Captain America 3’ Which Will Help Launch A New Phase Of Marvel BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's Long-Delayed 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper BFI London Film Festival Review: Susanne Bier's Long-Delayed 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence & Bradley Cooper Oscar Buzz: Who's Going To Challenge For Best Actress This Year? Oscar Buzz: Who's Going To Challenge For Best Actress This Year? Robert Downey Jr. Says Superhero Films Are Becoming “Old" And Showing "Signs Of Fraying Around The Edges” Robert Downey Jr. Says Superhero Films Are Becoming “Old" And Showing "Signs Of Fraying Around The Edges” Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 6 ‘Devil You Know’ Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 5, Episode 6 ‘Devil You Know’ Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The Best Documentaries Of 2014 So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... The Best Films Of 2014 So Far... From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes The 10 Best & Worst Movie Sex Scenes All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

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.
22

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


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates