Clint Mansell

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Clint Mansell
Mansell with the Sonus Quartet, playing in Union Chapel, London, 20 July 2009
Mansell with the Sonus Quartet, playing in Union Chapel, London, 20 July 2009
Background information
Birth nameClinton Darryl Mansell
Born (1963-01-07) 7 January 1963 (age 59)
OriginCoventry, Warwickshire, England
GenresFilm score, alternative rock, grebo rock, electronic, industrial rock, classical
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer
Instrument(s)Vocals, keyboards, guitar, bass
Years active1981–present

Clinton Darryl Mansell (/ˈmænsəl/; born 7 January 1963) is an English musician, singer, and composer, born in Coventry. He served as the lead singer and multi-instrumentalist of alt-rock band Pop Will Eat Itself[1][2] before embarking on a career as a film score composer. Mansell moved to the United States after the dissolution of the group and started working with filmmaker Darren Aronofsky. He has subsequently become an award-winning, Golden Globe and Grammy-nominated film composer,[3] collaborating extensively with Aronofsky and writing scores for dozens of other films (both shorts and features), TV series, and video games.[1]

Mansell resides in Los Angeles, composing and occasionally touring live versions of his work.[4] A pioneer of sampling in his own work, Mansell's work is now a favourite with sampling musicians.[5]


Pop career[edit]

Mansell was raised in Coventry, then in Warwickshire. For a decade from their foundation in 1986, Mansell was a member of Pop Will Eat Itself, as a lead vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, producer and writer or co-writer of many of the band's songs.[6] The band were pioneers of sampling and electronic music in the UK alternative rock scene, bringing influences from hip hop, industrial music, house, and other dance genres into their music. In the United States, PWEI were signed in 1994 to Nothing Records the label owned by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Mansell and Reznor, a long time fan of PWEI, became friends after Mansell moved to New York, and Mansell subsequently performed backing vocals on Nine Inch Nails' 1999 album The Fragile.[7]

Soundtrack composer[edit]

Mansell started composing film soundtracks when director Darren Aronofsky hired him to score his debut film, Pi, in 1996.[8] He also wrote the score for Aronofsky's next film, Requiem for a Dream, which became a cult hit.[8][9] The film's primary composition "Lux Aeterna" was popular, appearing in adverts, film trailers,[10][11][12] and YouTube videos labelled as Epic Music. Mansell has composed the music to every subsequent Aronofsky film with the sole exception of mother!.[13]

Film trailers[edit]

The trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers used an orchestral and choral arrangement of "Lux Aeterna",[10] called "Requiem for a Tower".[10] This orchestration was arranged by Simone Benyacar, Dan Nielsen and Veigar Margeirsson.[10]

The original "Lux Aeterna" and "Requiem for a Tower" arrangements have been used in Zathura: A Space Adventure, The Da Vinci Code,[11] Sunshine, Babylon A.D., Lost, Top Gear, Soccer Saturday, EuroSport LIVE and America's Got Talent.

Mansell's theme from the film Moon appears on the trailer for The Iron Lady[14] and the computer game Aliens: Colonial Marines.[15]

Publishing deal[edit]

In February 2019, Mansell signed a publishing deal with Decca Publishing, a division in Decca Music. This deal brought his catalogue of more than 650 original pieces, including his Pop Will Eat Itself work, under a single umbrella for the first time.[5]

Other work[edit]

Other work includes creating the music for Coventry UK City of Culture's manifesto film[16] which was released in July 2020.[17]


Year Album details Peak chart positions
1987 Box Frenzy - - -
1989 This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This! 24 - 169
1990 Cure for Sanity 33 51 -
1992 The Looks or the Lifestyle? 15 - -
1994 Dos Dedos Mis Amigos 11 - -

Live albums[edit]

  • Weird's Bar and Grill (Live) (1993) UK No. 44
  • The Radio 1 Sessions 1986-87 (1997)
  • Reformation: Nottingham Rock City 20.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: Birmingham Carling Academy 22.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: Birmingham Carling Academy 23.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: London Shepherds Bush Empire 24.01.05 (2005)
  • Reformation: London Shepherds Bush Empire 25.01.05 (2005)


  • Now for a Feast! (1988)
  • 16 Different Flavours of Hell (Best of) (1993) UK No. 73
  • Wise Up Suckers (BMG best of) (1996)
  • PWEI Product 1986-1994 (Anthology) (2002)
  • The Best Of (2008)[21]

Remix albums[edit]



Year Title Chart positions Album
UK Singles Chart[21]
U.S. Modern Rock
1987 "Sweet Sweet Pie" 100 Now for a Feast!
"Love Missile F1-11" 78
"Beaver Patrol" 76 Box Frenzy
1988 "There Is No Love Between Us Anymore" 66
"Def. Con. One" 63 30 This Is the Day...This Is the Hour...This Is This!
1989 "Can U Dig It?" 38
"Wise Up! Sucker" 41
1990 "Touched By The Hand Of Cicciolina" 28 Cure for Sanity
"Dance of the Mad Bastards" 32
1991 "X Y & Zee" 15 88 11
"92 Degrees" 23
"Another Man’s Rhubarb"
1992 "Karmadrome" / "Eat Me Drink Me Love Me" 17 The Looks or the Lifestyle?
"Bulletproof!" 24
1993 "Get The Girl! Kill The Baddies!" 9
"R.S.V.P. / Familius Horribilus" 27 Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
1994 "Ich Bin Ein Auslander" 28
"Everything's Cool" 23 97
2010 "Axe of Men 2010"



Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
1998 Pi Darren Aronofsky Protozoa Pictures 1st of 6 collaborations with Aronofsky
2000 Requiem for a Dream
2001 World Traveler Bart Freundlich
The Hole Nick Hamm
  • Canal+
  • Cowboy Films
  • Film Council
  • Granada Film Productions
  • Impact Pictures
  • Pathé
Knockaround Guys
Rain Katherine Lindberg
2002 Abandon Stephen Gaghan
Murder by Numbers Barbet Schroeder Warner Bros. Pictures
Castle Rock Entertainment
Sonny Nicolas Cage
2003 11:14 Greg Marcks
2004 Suspect Zero E. Elias Merhige
2005 Sahara Breck Eisner BMI Film Music Award
Doom Andrzej Bartkowiak
2006 The Fountain Darren Aronofsky Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score
World Soundtrack Award – Public Choice
Nominated- Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year
Trust the Man Bart Freundlich Fox Searchlight Pictures
Smokin' Aces Joe Carnahan
2007 Wind Chill Gregory Jacobs
2008 Definitely, Maybe Adam Brooks
The Wrestler Darren Aronofsky
Dream from Leaving
wonderwheel, llc
2009 Blood: The Last Vampire Chris Nahon
Moon Duncan Jones Nominated- British Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement
Farewell Christian Carion
The Rebound Bart Freundlich
2010 Black Swan Darren Aronofsky Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Score
Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Score
Nominated- Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award for Best Film Music
Nominated- Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media
Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Score
Nominated- Satellite Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Original Score
Nominated- St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Music
Nominated- Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Score
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Best Original Score of the Year
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year (with Last Night & Faster)
Last Night Massy Tadjedin Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year (with Black Swan & Faster)
Faster George Tillman, Jr.
Nominated- World Soundtrack Award for Soundtrack Composer of the Year (with Black Swan & Last Night)
2013 Stoker Park Chan-wook Replaced Philip Glass
Filth Jon S. Baird
2014 Noah Darren Aronofsky Nominated- Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Original Score in a Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film
2015 Man Down Dito Montiel
High-Rise Ben Wheatley
2017 Ghost in the Shell Rupert Sanders Composed with Lorne Balfe
Loving Vincent
  • Dorota Kobiela
  • Hugh Welchman
Nominated- Annie Award for Outstanding Music in an Animated Feature Production
Nominated- Polish Film Award for Best Film Score
2018 Mute Duncan Jones
  • Liberty Films UK
  • Studio Babelsberg
  • Netflix
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead Ben Wheatley
Out of Blue Carol Morley
2020 Rebecca Ben Wheatley
2021 In the Earth Ben Wheatley
  • Rook Films
  • Neon
  • Protagonist Pictures
TBA The Good Nurse Tobias Lindholm


Year Title Director Studio / Network Notes
2004 CSI: Miami Danny Cannon Episode: "MIA/NYC NonStop"
2011 United James Strong
Television film
2016 Black Mirror Owen Harris
Episode: San Junipero
2018–present Titans Various
2019–present Doom Patrol
  • Theme music & 13 episodes
  • Composed with Kevin Kiner
2022 Peacemaker Composed with Kevin Kiner

Video games[edit]

Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
2012 Mass Effect 3 Casey Hudson Composed with Sascha Dikiciyan, Sam Hulick, Christopher Lennertz & Cris Velasco

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Studio / Publisher Notes
2002 The Hire: Ticker Joe Carnahan BMW films
2006 The Big Forever
  • Robert Glassford
  • Timo Langer
2007 In the Wall Mike Williamson
The Healing Syndrome Michael Sheehan High Tyde Productions
My Mother Elaine Wickham Medb Films
2009 The Odds Paloma Baeza
  • Abbot Vision
  • Slate 9
Blue Knight Mark Anthony Man of Mistery Films
2010 Fragged Devon Avery
2014 A Rose Reborn Park Chan-wook
2015 Gaslighting Elaine Wickham
Deathly Mike Williamson

Awards and nominations[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Clint Mansell". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Clint Mansell". IMDb. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Five essential film scores by award-winning composer Clint Mansell | Royal Albert Hall". Royal Albert Hall. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  4. ^ Young, Graham (23 March 2016). "From dreadlocks to no locks - the amazing transformation of pop star turned Hollywood composer Clint Mansell". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Decca Publishing signs composer and musician Clint Mansell". Music Business Worldwide. 14 February 2019. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Pop Will Eat Itself | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  7. ^ Godfrey, Alex. "Clint Mansell: Aronofsky, Reznor and Me, Part One". Sabotage Times. Archived from the original on 23 June 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ a b Pete Paphides Clint Mansell: pop ate itself, and out popped Hollywood The Times Retrieved 14 May 2010
  9. ^ Requiem for a Dream – Clint Mansell AllMusic Retrieved 31 January 2011
  10. ^ a b c d "Requiem for a Tower Dream by Various Artists on Apple Music". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  11. ^ a b The Da Vinci Code Trailer Retrieved 31 January 2011
  12. ^ Sundance 2009 Composers – Clint Mansell BMI Retrieved 31 January 2011
  13. ^ Bray, Elisa (28 January 2011) Duo Darren Aronofsky and Clint Mansell score on pointes The Independent Retrieved 31 January 2011
  14. ^ "Streama Film - Allt Om Laglig Streaming TV & Film Online". Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  15. ^ IGN (27 January 2012). "Exclusive Aliens: Colonial Marines Cinematic Trailer". Archived from the original on 12 December 2021. Retrieved 30 November 2016 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Uncommon's modular Coventry City of Culture identity references the city's brutalist history". Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  17. ^ LLoyd, Matt (27 July 2020). "Inspirational film launches new City of Culture brand". CoventryLive. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  18. ^ "Chart Stats - Pop Will Eat Itself". Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  19. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  20. ^ "Chart Stats - Pop Will Eat Itself". Billboard. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  21. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 431. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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