The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The soundtrack to the superhero film The Crow was released in 1994.[2]

The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
various artists
ReleasedMarch 29, 1994
The Crow soundtrack chronology
Fear and Bullets
The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Crow: Original Motion Picture Score
Singles from The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Big Empty"
    Released: May 22, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores

Album information edit

The album featured covers, including Nine Inch Nails who covered Joy Division's "Dead Souls", Pantera who covered Poison Idea's "The Badge", and Rollins Band who covered Suicide's "Ghost Rider", which is about a Marvel Comics character. Rage Against the Machine re-recorded their 1991 B-side "Darkness of Greed" and renamed it "Darkness" for this soundtrack. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult re-recorded their original song, "Nervous Xians" and re-titled it, "After the Flesh" for this film. They were also the band onstage during the nightclub shootout scene. The Cure also wrote the song "Burn" for the movie. Stone Temple Pilots originally intended to re-record a song off their Mighty Joe Young demo, titled "Only Dying", but instead chose to submit the track "Big Empty" to the project when Brandon Lee was accidentally killed on-set during production. Medicine re-recorded their song "Time Baby II" for the film's soundtrack album as "Time Baby III", which featured guest vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, although the original version is performed by Medicine in the film. "It Can't Rain All the Time" was co-written by Jane Siberry and the film's composer Graeme Revell, performed by Siberry. An orchestral version of "It Can't Rain All the Time" can be heard in the film multiple times.

The inclusion of songs written by The Cure and Joy Division are notable because the influences of both bands are present in the original comic book. James O'Barr, the creator of The Crow, reprinted the lyrics to the song "The Hanging Garden" by The Cure on an entire page, and some chapters of the comic book are named after Joy Division songs – "Atmosphere" and "Atrocity Exhibition", for example. In one panel, Eric even quotes a lyric from the song "Disorder" from the album Unknown Pleasures. O'Barr was a big fan of both bands when he was creating the comic book.

The other music in the film which is not included in the soundtrack is instead on The Crow: Original Motion Picture Score of original, mostly orchestral music, with some electronic and guitar elements, written for the film by Graeme Revell.

Peaking at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, the album has sold 3.8 million copies in the United States, and has been certified 3× Platinum by RIAA.[3][4]

Track listing edit

1."Burn"The Cure6:39
2."Golgotha Tenement Blues"Machines of Loving Grace4:01
3."Big Empty"Stone Temple Pilots4:56
4."Dead Souls" (Joy Division cover)Nine Inch Nails4:52
5."Darkness" (Re-recording of "Darkness of Greed")Rage Against the Machine3:42
6."Color Me Once"Violent Femmes4:10
7."Ghostrider" (Suicide cover)Rollins Band5:46
8."Milktoast" (Also known as "Milquetoast")Helmet3:59
9."The Badge" (Poison Idea cover)Pantera3:54
10."Slip Slide Melting"For Love Not Lisa5:48
11."After the Flesh"My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult3:00
12."Snakedriver"The Jesus and Mary Chain3:43
13."Time Baby III" (Re-recording of "Time Baby II")Medicine3:52
14."It Can't Rain All the Time"Jane Siberry5:31
Total length:63:50

Charts edit

Certifications edit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References edit

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "As 'The Crow' Flies". The Los Angeles Times. May 29, 1994. Retrieved December 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America.
  4. ^ "Got Charts? Beans, Bleek & Beatles Synch up Soundtracks". MTV.
  5. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Crow". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  6. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Crow" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  7. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Crow" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  8. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Crow". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  9. ^ " – Soundtrack – The Crow". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Soundtrack Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "The ARIA Australian Top 100 Albums 1994". Australian Record Industry Association Ltd. Archived from the original on November 2, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2022.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  13. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved August 24, 2021.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1994 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Various Artists – The Crow - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack". Music Canada. Retrieved 11 December 2022.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Original Soundtrack – The Crow - Ost". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 December 2022.Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Crow - Ost in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Soundtrack – The Crow". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 December 2022.

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