Although star Ice Cube had a number of songs on the soundtrack for 1995’s Friday, the only single released for the soundtrack album was Dr Dre’s “Keep Their Heads Ringin”, which got a music video directed by Friday director F. Gary Gray.
For his one and only time directing a movie, Stephen King got his favorite band, AC/DC to provide the soundtrack for Maximum Overdrive. The band put out Who Made Who, a new album with some classic tracks along with new ones like the title track that functions as the movie’s soundtrack album.
Joined by Chris Tucker, Michael Jackson pursues a girl who happens to be under the thrall of gangster Marlon Brando in the music video/short film for the song “You Rock My World”, which was the lead single off of Jackson’s tenth and final album, Invincible.
Although far inferior in pretty much every way to Babe, 1994’s Gordy did have one thing over George Miller’s classic and that was a ridiculous hip-hop theme song from none other than Tag Team, “Pig Power in the House”, which got an official tie-in music video.
Featuring a beat sampled from Knight Rider, Timbaland & Magoo’s third single from their debut album, “Clock Strikes”, also channeled From Dusk Till Dawn in the music video as the rap duo kidnaps a family in their RV and ends up at a club full of vampires.
While the original Transformers animated movie looked to folks like Stan Bush and Weird Al, the series started by Michael Bay in 2007 featured the likes of Linkin Park, Paramore, The Goo Goo Dolls, Imagine Dragons, Hatebreed, and, most recently, Hailee Steinfeld.
One of the things that separate the character of Dominic Toretto from the real-life Vin Diesel is that Dom probably wouldn’t have created and performed an electronic/dance song but that’s exactly what Vin did last year when he put out “Feel Like I Do”.
Bryan Ferry contributed “Kiss and Tell” to the soundtrack for 1988’s Bright Lights, Big City, which featured a darker and more serious turn for Michael J Fox as he played a fact-checker at a big magazine in New York City that spirals into drug and alcohol abuse after a number of personal and professional setbacks, including the death of his mother to cancer.
For Speed 2: Cruise Control, director Jan De Bont wanted the soundtrack full of reggae and Caribbean inspired music to go along with the tropical cruise setting of the movie, which included UK reggae group UB40 performing a cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which became one of the biggest hits of 1997.