Natural Born Killers (soundtrack)

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Natural Born Killers
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released August 23, 1994
Genre Soundtrack
Length 75:22
Label Nothing/Interscope
Producer Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor chronology
Natural Born Killers
(1994)
Lost Highway
(1997)

Natural Born Killers is the soundtrack to the film Natural Born Killers, produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor reportedly produced the soundtrack using a portable Pro Tools in his hotel room while on tour.[1][2] On his approach to compiling the soundtrack, Reznor told MTV:

I suggested to Oliver [Stone] to try to turn the soundtrack into a collage-of-sound, kind of the way the movie used music: make edits, add dialog, and make it something interesting, rather than a bunch of previously released music.[3]

Some songs were written especially for the film or soundtrack, such as "Burn" by Nine Inch Nails.

Track listing[edit]

  1. Leonard Cohen – "Waiting for the Miracle" (Edit)
  2. L7 – "Shitlist"
  3. Dan Zanes – "Moon over Greene County" (Edit)
  4. Patti Smith – "Rock N Roll Nigger" (Flood Remix)
  5. Cowboy Junkies – "Sweet Jane" (Edit)
  6. Bob Dylan – "You Belong to Me"
  7. Duane Eddy – "The Trembler" (Edit)
  8. Nine Inch Nails – "Burn"
  9. "Route 666"
    featuring Robert Downey Jr., and Brian Berdan – "BB Tone"
  10. "Totally Hot"
    contains an edit of Remmy Ongala And Orchestre Super Matimila – "Kipenda Roho"
  11. Patsy Cline – "Back in Baby's Arms"
  12. Peter Gabriel And Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – "Taboo" (Edit)
  13. "Sex Is Violent"
    contains excerpts of Jane's Addiction – "Ted, Just Admit It..." and Diamanda Galás – "I Put a Spell on You"
  14. A.O.S. – "History (Repeats Itself)" (Edit)
  15. Nine Inch Nails – "Something I Can Never Have" (Edited And Extended)
  16. Russel Means – "I Will Take You Home"
  17. The Hollywood Persuaders – "Drums a Go-Go" (Edit)
  18. "Hungry Ants"
    contains excerpts of Barry Adamson – "Checkpoint Charlie" and "Violation of Expectation"
  19. Dr. Dre – "The Day the Niggaz Took Over"
  20. Juliette Lewis – "Born Bad"
  21. Sergio Cervetti – "Fall of the Rebel Angels" (Edit)
  22. Lard – "Forkboy"
  23. "Batonga In Batongaville"
    contains excerpts of The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra – "A Night on Bare Mountain"
  24. Nine Inch Nails – "A Warm Place" (Edit)
  25. "Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar"
    contains excerpts of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party – "Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar" and Diamanda Galás – "Judgement Day"
  26. Leonard Cohen – "The Future" (Edit)
  27. Tha Dogg Pound – "What Would U Do?"

The film also contains "Bombtrack" and "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine, "Cyclops" by Marilyn Manson, "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen, "In Doubt" and "The Rhythm of the Heat" by Peter Gabriel, "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man" by Cowboy Junkies, "The Way I Walk" cover by Robert Gordon, and "Ghost Town" by The Specials, but these tracks are not included on the soundtrack album. Also includes samples of "Leader of the Pack" by the Shangri-Las, and Steven Jesse Bernstein's "No No Man-Part 1".

Tracks 9, 10, 13, 18, 21, 23 and 25 are assembled from various recordings and dialogue from the film.

The bathroom scene of this film contains a non-credited selection from the Melvins' Houdini; more specifically the surrealist percussion track titled "Spread Eagle Beagle". Various colloquial rumors surround the genesis of this track, including one that it was done by Kurt Cobain.

In the scene which depicts Mickey and Mallory's first meeting as a sitcom parody entitled "I Love Mallory", the following pieces of music are also heard: "Happy-Go-Lively" by Laurie Johnson, "Happy Families" by Sam Fonteyn, "Pizzicato Playtime" by Sam Fonteyn, and "Domestic Fun" by Ernest Tomlinson.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
Chicago Tribune 4/5 starslink
Q 5/5 stars[6]

"Bernard Herrmann's phenomenally eerie Vertigo score, Vangelis's groundbreaking synth-based ambience for Blade Runner, Nino Rota's timeless Godfather suite – any self-appointed buff of the soundtrack genre might blanch at the notion of making shelf-room alongside these classics for a furious miscellaneous music compilation…" wrote Andrew Collins in Q, "but, hey, as Mickey says, 'This is the 1990s,' and, if you were a soundtrack album, you'd be Natural Born Killers."[6]

The album has sold 500,000 copies in the United States, making it a gold record.[citation needed]

  • Named third best compilation album of 1995 by New Musical Express (12/24/1994).
  • Named one of the "90 Best Albums of the 1990s" by Q magazine (12/01/1999).

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[7] 14
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart[8] 14
US Billboard 200[9] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[10] Gold 100,000^
Summaries
^ shipment figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Natural Born Thriller". Los Angeles Times. October 1995. 
  2. ^ "An Interview with Charlie Clouser". Scene Magazine. September 1995. 
  3. ^ "Box Set: NIN On "Doing The Soundtrack For Natural Born Killers"". MTV.com. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Review: Natural Born Killers. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2011-07-15.
  5. ^ Hillburn, Robert (1995-08-28). "Hurtling Down 'Killers' Road With Trent Reznor at the Wheel". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  6. ^ a b Q, December 1994
  7. ^ "Soundtrack – Natural Born Killer". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Soundtrack – Natural Born Killer". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Natural Born Killers [Original Soundtrack]: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 5 February 2013.  N.B. User must define search parameters by entering "Natural Born Killers" into Search G&P Database and clicking Search.

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