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doesn’t it feel like the Mood Rock of the mid-90’s threw up all over this soundtrack? Not that that’s a bad thing.

Who remembers that 1994 masterpiece of a comic book, turned fucking awesome action flick, “The Crow“, starring the late, great Brandon Lee? Okay, great. Now that we’re on the same page, who remembers the soundtrack to said film? To listen to the soundtrack today and re-acquainting yourselves with the artists and the songs on the soundtrack, doesn’t it feel like the Mood Rock of the mid-90’s threw up all over this soundtrack? Not that that’s a bad thing.

In the mid-90’s, Rock was still the radiowave stronghold before all of that went bust in the mid-2000’s and the genre of Rock was left for dead, but that’s nothing that we’re going to dwell about here. This was merely an open and honest observation. Why did the radio stations lose faith in rock n’ roll? A topic for another day.

The artists that helped flesh out “The Crow” soundtrack were the heavy hitters of the day. Acts like Nine Inch Nails, Stone Temple Pilots (pre-Bennington days), and Rage Against The Machine are just some of the contributing artists on the soundtrack.

On the Goth front, it doesn’t get any better than The Cure opening up the album with the very excellent song, “Burn“. Fun fact # 2,536: It was the musical influence of the bands, The Cure and Joy Divison that “Crow” creator, James Barr, used as inspiration for “The Crow“‘s characters and story development. It was only fitting that both bands were included in some fashion (The Cure gets the lead off track and Joy Division’s song, “Dead Souls“, is beautifully covered by Nine Inch Nails.

There aren’t many soundtracks out there that are perfect companions for the films of which they were created.

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Elsewhere on the soundtrack, the song that helped catapult the Stone Temple Pilots into the Alternative atmosphere, “Big Empty“, was the most memorable song off of a truly memorable soundtrack.

The Crow” soundtrack also features bands such as The Rollins Band, Helmet, My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult, and The Violent Femmes.

There aren’t many soundtracks out there that are perfect companions for the films of which they were created (I mean, hell, even an iconic soundtrack like “Dirty Dancing” doesn’t fit the bill of great film/soundtrack companionship because of the era/genre jumping of the film when married with the music. I mean seriously, how is the film, which is supposed to be taking place in the early 60’s, so blatantly get off the proverbial hook so easily after clearly showcasing 1980’s era songs on its soundtrack? What happened to continuity? Fuck it, I guess, huh?) “The Crow” did not suffer the same fate.

…melt back into a time that was our beautifully dark utopia.

The Crow” soundtrack will forever be timeless because it represents a moment in time perfectly. The soundtrack is a time capsule of sort. It succeeds in bringing the Gen X’ers back to a place in our lives where this chaotic world was at one point at our finger tips. It was the Gen X’ers that had, for a time, rebuilt this world in our image. It was a gritty, Internet-savvy, hard, bleak world, and it was all ours. Today, that delusion has subsided, but at some point in Yesteryearland, that delusion was a Generation X reality. Oh, to have that delusion again. Until such a time comes again, we’ll always have the flood of memories rushing back into our consciousness courtesy of “The Crow” soundtrack. Just pop in the CD (and/or whatever way you get your music fix these days) and melt back into a time that was our beautifully dark utopia.

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