Judgment Night (soundtrack)

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Judgment Night
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Soundtrack album by various artists
Released September 14, 1993
Recorded 1993
Genre Rap rock, rap metal, rapcore
Length 45:11
Label Immortal, Epic
Producer Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Chyskillz, Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Faith No More, Fatal, Helmet, House of Pain, Living Colour, Andy MacPherson, J Mascis, Mudhoney, DJ Muggs, Pearl Jam, Rick Rubin, Run-D.M.C., Sir Mix-a-Lot, Sonic Youth, Teenage Fanclub, Therapy?
Singles from Judgment Night Soundtrack
  1. "Judgment Night"
    Released: 1993
  2. "Just Another Victim"
    Released: August 17, 1993
  3. "Another Body Murdered"
    Released: September 1993
  4. "Fallin'"
    Released: 1994

Judgment Night is the soundtrack to the film of the same name. It was released on September 14, 1993 through Immortal Records and Epic Records and was produced by many of the album's performers. Every song on the soundtrack was a collaboration between hip-hop artists and alternative rock or heavy metal artists. The album peaked at #17 on the Billboard 200 and spawned four singles, "Fallin'" by Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul, "Another Body Murdered" by Faith No More and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., "Just Another Victim" by Helmet and House of Pain, and "Judgment Night" by Biohazard and Onyx.

Production and release[edit]

Billboard explains that the soundtrack album "paired hip-hop artists with modern rock acts,"[1] and A.V. Club wrote that its musical pairings were "designed to capitalize on the burgeoning popularity of rap-rock."[2] A.V. Club further opines that although there had been "sporadic successful mergers" between individual artists in the metal and rap genres by 1993, "no one had yet thought to do an entire album based on getting established rap and rock artists in the same studio to hash something out. That revolutionary concept in doubling your market share fell to Happy Walters."[3] According to Rolling Stone, "it is largely due to the initiative of [soundtrack producer] Happy Walters... that so many leading hip-hop and alternative rock artists were assembled for the soundtrack," with Walters bringing in groups such as Pearl Jam, Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Sonic Youth, Cypress Hill, and Faith no More as collaborators on new material.[4] The Judgement Night soundtrack album was released by Immortal Records with distribution by Epic Records.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau A–[6]
Entertainment Weekly A[7]
Q Magazine 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[9]

Rolling Stone said of the soundtrack, "Judgment Night's bracing rap rock is like the wedding of hillbilly and 'race' music that started the whole thing in the first place....It's an aspiring re-birth". Entertainment Weekly said they "can't vouch for the film, but the album is a MUST".[7] Q Magazine said the soundtrack "suggests that the future for both metal and rap as a kind of agit prop soapbox style is secure".[8]

Score album[edit]

Intrada released a CD of Alan Silvestri's score for the film. Musician said of the score, "Tear down a few walls and it's amazing what tumbles out".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artists Length
1. "Just Another Victim"   Helmet and House of Pain 4:23
2. "Fallin'"   Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul 4:28
3. "Me, Myself & My Microphone"   Living Colour and Run DMC 3:10
4. "Judgment Night"   Biohazard and Onyx 4:35
5. "Disorder" (Medley of 3 Exploited songs: "War", "UK '82", and "Disorder") Slayer and Ice-T 4:58
6. "Another Body Murdered"   Faith No More and Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. 4:24
7. "I Love You Mary Jane"   Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill 3:52
8. "Freak Momma"   Mudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot 4:00
9. "Missing Link"   Dinosaur Jr. and Del the Funky Homosapien 3:59
10. "Come & Die"   Therapy? and Fatal 4:27
11. "Real Thing"   Pearl Jam and Cypress Hill 3:33

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosen, Craig (April 19, 1997). "Ability To Sign Acts Is Part Of Immortal's New Pact With Epic" (PDF). Billboard. American Radio History. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  2. ^ Ward, A. A. (October 26, 2016). "Like its inspiration, Spawn's soundtrack cobbled together coolness". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  3. ^ O'Neal, Sean (August 24, 2016). "The Judgment Night soundtrack foretold the rap-rock apocalypse". A.V. Club. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  4. ^ a b Ehrlich, Dimitri (August 19, 1993). "Pearl Jam, Slayer Team Up with Run D.M.C., Ice-T on 'Judgment Night'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Judgment Night - Original Soundtrack". Retrieved January 20, 2009.
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (March 1, 1994). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved January 1, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly. September 24, 1993. p. 93.
  8. ^ a b Q Magazine. November 1993. p. 122.
  9. ^ Rolling Stone. September 30, 1993. p. 100.
  10. ^ Musician. November 1993. p. 88.