it sent shock waves around the globe.
Who remembers the movie Hackers? That’s fine, because neither do I. About the only things I could remember about Hackers is Angelina Jolie years before she started buying babies on the black market, and, oh yeah, the music. Hackers, like Trainspotting was a cultural phenomenon (no, not that it was such a good movie that it sent shock waves around the globe, but for the time, 1995, it was Generation X approved.)
The music featured opened America’s ears to that splendid export, Trip Hop.
The music is what did it for me. The music featured opened America’s ears to that splendid export, Trip Hop, and the Hackers soundtrack featured some of the best acts of Trip Hop (Leftfield, Massive Attack). Trip Hop was not the only genre represented on the soundtrack, and Hackers displays similarities to the Trainspotting soundtrack in that techno music was king and for the time, the king had many loyal subjects.
Hackers was Hollywood’s take on what the future holds (if Hollywood had its way). It was all mind expanding drugs and with the World Wide Web on the rise, the then-modern age needed a soundtrack to lose their minds to. Techno trance was that vice and the mid-90’s was that time.
Rediscovering the Hackers soundtrack for myself after a great number of years, it’s a plethora of who’s who and where-are-they-now groups. In 1995, The Prodigy were barely together four years when they released Music For A Jilted Generation . One of the hit tracks off of that album, “Voodoo People“, which by ’95 became an underground club banger, got shot out to the stratosphere after it was featured in Hackers. After Hackers was released, everyone knew who The Prodigy were (It would be another two years before The Prodigy took over the airwaves with their insane third effort, The Fat Of The Land. Come on, you remember The Fat Of The Land, right? Something about breathing and smacking bitches up.)
if I closed my eyes, I could almost feel like I was apart of a world that was on the verge of the Apocalypse.
Elsewhere on the Hackers soundtrack, we have the technological greatness of groups like Orbital and Stereo MC’s. For me, I was all about Stereo MC’s and their smash number, “Connected“. If the 1980’s was an envisioned future of Day Glo and pastels, then the mid-1990’s and Hackers in particular represented a future that was bleak and close to what eventually became the future we saw through Neo’s eyes in 1999’s greatest cinematic achievement, The Matrix.
Back in 1995, I longed to witness this insane dot com future that movies like Hackers and Strange Days represented. That, sadly, was not the reality that lay in front of me, but thanks to the Hackers soundtrack and the music within it, if I closed my eyes, I could almost feel like I was apart of a world that was on the verge of the Apocalypse. I know what you’re thinking and no, I wasn’t morbid, but just like any growing 15 year old male, I was bored and I was in need of some excitement. The Apocalypse never came, but thanks to soundtracks like Hackers, I felt like I was one step closer.
Did you love the mid-90’s Apocalyptic joy of the Hackers soundtracks? (That’s right. I said soundtrackS, as in more than one.) I suggest you reacquaint yourselves with the music from a not too distant, not at all innocent time.