I recently had the opportunity to sit down and watch Kong: Skull Island. Now, this is not a film website, so I’m certainly not going to start reviewing the film (really enjoyable monster film!), but I do want to talk about the films soundtrack. In one word, I will have to say… Brilliant!
The man in charge of films score, Henry Jackman, wanted music that was a nod to that period of time, with bold, classic tones of ‘70s guitars, including some of that decade’s most memorable anthems. Boy, did he get it spot on! “I wanted to use songs from the Vietnam era and a myriad of hits from the ‘70s,” said Vogt-Roberts, the film’s director. “This provides a striking dichotomy, sets the tone and gives us great moments of fun.
“We placed a record player on the boat the characters travel up the river in, with allows the music to be sourced from real places,” the director continues. “Their interaction with the music leads to some unexpected moments.”
The songs heard on the soundtrack include: The Chambers Brothers’ “Time Has Come Today,” one of the landmark songs of the psychedelic era; the top-10 Jefferson Airplane hit “White Rabbit”; David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust”; The Hollies’ “Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress)”; “Paranoid,” from Black Sabbath, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Bad Moon Rising” and “Run Through the Jungle”; “Down on the Street” from The Stooges; the Vietnamese psych rock hit “Mặt Trời Đen”; and “Brother,” from Brazilian pop star Jorge Ben Jor.
The music in the film is designed to heighten the emotion that the audience feels, and to also underscore the action. The films score was one of the final elements that fell into place during post production. I certainly Warner Brothers release the films soundtrack as an album because Kong’s music certainly helped make the film even more enjoyable.
Below is the soundtrack in full. What do you think?
- Time Has Come Today – The Chambers Brothers
- Mat Troi Den – Minh Xuân
- White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
- Long Cool Woman (In A Black Dress) – The Hollies
- Down On The Street – The Stooges
- Paranoid – Black Sabbath
- Brother – Jorge Ben Jor
- Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
- Run Through the Jungle – Creedence Clearwater Revival
- We’ll Meet Again – Vera Lynn