1980's Film Music Appreciation!

Discussion in 'Star Wars And Film Music' started by Barriss_Coffee, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. Barriss_Coffee Chosen One

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    Anyone here a fan of 1980s scifi/fantasy music? (...aside from y'know, Star Wars?)

    The 1980s churned out a lot of bizarre/awesome/not-quite-old-enough-to-be-considered-B-rated-but-still-horrendously-cheesy-in-that-cult-phenomenon-kind-of-way films. And one of the reasons they were so unforgettable methinks is the music. There was a certain 1980s-ness to film music of this era. And then it suddenly died as fast as Alderaan blew when the 90s kicked in. It was as if Hollywood proclaimed: "THOU SHALT NOT PASS, SYNTHESIZER!"

    Anywho, here are some of my favs....

    The Terminator -- awesome film, definitely couldn't imagine a different theme. The sequels couldn't either.

    The Neverending Story -- because holy hell was this cinematic fantasy at its best. (It didn't follow the classic book but I will forgive it for that.) If the soundtrack doesn't give you chills I recommend you check yourself out for any recent zombie bites.

    David Lynch's WTF-fest otherwise and unfortunately titled "Dune" -- horrible film. Awesome soundtrack. Theme kicks in ~1:50. I can't find a better quality version on youtube sadly.

    I could keep listing but I'm not gonna spam the OP. What are some of your favorites?
  2. Kev Snowmane Jedi Grand Master

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    The score from Krull was epic! And let us not forget Conan...
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  3. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    Not quite 1980s, but Alien. There's an awful lot of unsettling asymmetric weirdness to that score, especially in the main titles.

  4. Placeholder Force Ghost

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    I always liked the music in Star Trek II. It really fit what was happening on screen
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  5. StampidHD280pro Force Ghost

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    Vangelis's Bladerunner is pretty dope.
  6. Andy Wylde Jedi Master

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    The Back to the Future theme works well for me with being connected to the 80's. And I also loved the song from Neverending Story as well.
  7. Master_Lok Jedi Grand Master

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    Escape from New York soundtrack, here's an example. (track 23 from the extended version, Romero and the President)

    I love how Carpenter builds layers of chromatic patterns on those synths.

    This remains one of my favorite soundtracks ever.
  8. Darth_Nub Manager Emeritus

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    It's not a sci-fi or fantasy film, but Thief (1981) has a great 1980s synth soundtrack I recently discovered, by Tangerine Dream:

  9. Darkslayer Force Ghost

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    Other than Star Wars, Indiana Jones is my favorite 80s score

    That and the main theme are my two favorites from Indy (not just the 80s ones).
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  10. Pax Sithus Jedi Master

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    terminator, Conan(epic), Blade Runner, Willow, Road Warrior, The Thing, Heavy Metal
    @Darkslayer good call on Indy. Slipped my mind.
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  11. Pogue Jedi Knight

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    Yep, still arguably the most epic song ever:

    Last edited by Pogue, Dec 14, 2014
  12. AndyLGR Jedi Grand Master

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    I have a real soft spot for Harold Faltymeyer soundtracks like Fletch and Beverley Hills Cop.