0006. Various Artists – Natural Born Killers Soundtrack [1995]


First of all, if you haven’t seen this film, stop reading this stupid blog and go watch it.  My silly opinions will still be here when/if you get back…

…Watched it yet?  What the fuck?!  Breathing is NOT more important than this!  Go!  Go!  Go!

…Alright.  You know what?  If you haven’t seen it by now, it’s your fuckin’ loss.  I hope you’ll at least listen to this album.  I mean, shit, when else will you find Nine Inch Nails, Leonard Cohen, Lard and Dr. Dre on the same album?  There are so many great songs on this album.  I don’t think there’s a bad one on there, actually.  Trent Reznor did an excellent job making this more than a simple compilation.  Including awesome bits of film dialogue interspersed between awesome songs was certainly the perfect approach, seeing as the film has so much unforgettable dialogue.  Frankly, I would say that by themselves, Burn by Nine Inch Nails, Forkboy by Lard, and Taboo by Peter Gabriel & Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan are worth the price of the disc (or the effort required to find it on torrent :-P).

If you click on the picture of the album cover above, it’ll take you to Amazon where you’ll find a bunch of 3rd party sellers who have the album priced anywhere between $0.01 and $2.99 (which is less than the cost of shipping).  Certainly, there are lots of things we could all spend our money on these days, but I think this album is worthwhile through and through.  Hope someone out there gives it a listen!


Wikipedia Says:

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. 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.

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

Track listing

  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” 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.


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