- Jan 22, 2008
A lot of science fiction films include futuristic music, usually in bars, clubs and the like. I'm thinking of background music that the characters can hear, not the film soundtrack. Star Wars has the Mos Eisley cantina music, which sounds rather like old-fashioned jazz to me, the vaguely trip-hop "Chicken in the Pot" song from Solo and the band from Jabba's palace, who I think sounded rather like lounge music if I remember rightly.
In the prom scene in Starship Troopers, a band is covering David Bowie's "I Have Not Been to London Town" in a light rock style. It's acceptable.
In Robocop, Robocop apprehends a suspect in a nightclub that's playing the industrial band The Ministry, which is at least appropriate to the setting.
The bar in Outland plays some primitive techno, which works much better in the film than out of it.
Blade Runner acquits itself very well: the random bar music sounds quite like 90s trip-hop with Arabic influences. I think the earlier version incorporated a brief bit of Brian Eno music, too.
I've always wondered if the song Ripley quotes in Alien ("You are my lucky star") really exists. There must be others.
And here is what I think is a deleted scene from Dune: Gurney Halleck jamming on the baliset at what seems like the end of a very long party at Atreides HQ, which Thufir Hawat looks unimpressed by all the young people's music.