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Movies With Scores Composed By Musicians, NOT Composers

My wife and I were having this discussion the other night after catching Attack the Block. What films actually had their scores composed by not-actual-everyday composers, but by that of actual musicians? You know. Those known for their works primarily in the music industry first (and film scoring isn't their primary job).

P.S. Musicals don't count, so don't use say Electric Light Orchestra for Xanadu or Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova for Once.

P.P.S. Don't use musicians that are known more for their composing works. I'm looking right at you Goblin and tomandandy.

Here's the ones we could think of right off the top of our heads:

Attack the Block: Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe (otherwise known as Basement Jaxx).

The Boys and Girls Guide To Getting Down: Dirty Vegas.

Inferno: Keith Emerson (founding member of Emerson, Lake & Palmer).

Flash Gordon: Queen.

Hollywood Sex Wars: Arling & Cameron (contributed a good chunk of their last album, Hi-Fi Underground, to the director's last film: The Boys and Girls Guide To Getting Down).

Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Nigel Godrich (otherwise known as Beck's producer; Beck also contributed songs to the picture).

Southland Tales: Moby.

Thumbsucker: The Polyphonic Spree and Elliot Smith (Elliot Smith was the film's original composer, but only had a few songs finished before his untimely passing).

TRON: Legacy: Daft Punk.
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Dead Man: Neil Young
Super Fly: Curtis Mayfield
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They did the score to The Keep also. My bet why it's not gotten dvd release, rights issues.
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Forgot some now that I'm looking through iTunes...

Despicable Me: Pharrell Williams.

Greenberg: James Murphy (the lead of LED Soundsystem).

Little Miss Sunshine: Devotchka (in addition to film composer Mychael Danna).

Rocket Science: Eef Barzelay.

Where the Wild Things Are: Karen O and the Kids (amazing soundtrack, terrible film).
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The Last Temptation of Christ: Peter Gabriel

London: The Crystal Method

Dune (David Lynch): Toto

The Virgin Suicides: Air
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Re: Movies With Scores Composed By Musicians, NOT Composers

Originally Posted by rw2516 View Post
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They did the score to The Keep also. My bet why it's not gotten dvd release, rights issues.
They also did the score to at least one edit of Legend.

Originally Posted by Hixx View Post
London: The Crystal Method
Which reminds me...

Hanna: Chemical Brothers.
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D'oh how could I forget:

Young Guns II: Jon Bon Jovi

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Hanna- The Chemical Brothers

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First thing I thought of: THERE WILL BE BLOOD - Johnny Greenwood
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Re: Movies With Scores Composed By Musicians, NOT Composers

Tangerine Dream also scored Michael Mann's Thief as well as Firestarter.

Wang Chung scored William Friedkin's To Live and Die in La.

Goblin scored Argento's Suspiria as well as other films.
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the rock/metal band did some of the score for Jonah Hill
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Flash Gordon: Queen.
Partly; Howard Blake also scored the film and the music is blended together. For instance, The Execution of Flash features Deacon on bass and Blake's orchestrations.

Dune is more of a technicality; Toto worked with James Newton Howard, but before he started to score films.

Tangerine Dream also, to my knowledge, solely scored Firestarter and Flashpoint. Can't speak to their other works beyond what has been mentioned.

Also, another question is Giorgio Moroder; he started as a musician and worked with Diana Ross before he scored films.
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Phillip Glass - Kundun
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Lisa Gerrard came to mind for Gladiator but maybe she's done too many films to qualify.
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Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai-RZA
Maximum Overdrive-AC/DC (?)
Gothic-Thomas Dolby
Ladyhawke-Alan Parsons
Black Caesar-James Brown (He also recorded music for Slaughter's Big Rip-Off, but it was completely rejected)
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Re: Movies With Scores Composed By Musicians, NOT Composers

Michael Penn - Boogie Nights and several others.

If this topic had come up in the 80s, we could mention Danny Elfman. Obviously now he's known as a composer first.
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Originally Posted by trespoochies View Post
Phillip Glass - Kundun
With so many movies under his belt (90+), wouldn't he be considered a composer now? Along with Kundun, he also received Oscar nominations for The Hours and Notes on a Scandal. Not solely a composer of course but it's not like he's only worked on a couple of films.

Of course I'm not familiar with his other work so I've only known him for his scores.
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Gary Numan - The Unborn
Midge Ure - Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five
Eurythmics - 1984
Neil Diamond - Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Harry Nilsson - Popeye

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Trick or Treat - Fastway
Death Wish - Herbie Hancock
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