Do you want to engage in some misplaced nostalgia? Do you remember, when Electronic music was going to take over rock music? Do you remember the word “Electronica”? If you answered: Yes, No, No. Then this summer, I’ve got something you’re going to love to read. In an attempt to relive being an elementary schooler hearing Fatboy Slim on the radio and wondering what the interstitial music that played Toonami a decade ago. I’m starting an odd little column, where I seek out turn of the millennium “Electronic Music” and see what I can what memories (new and old) can be examined and try to understand why people (ALL AROUND THE WORLD) loved this song.
I haven’t seen the movie Run Lola Run, so I haven’t heard this music in the proper context of its film. Instead, it became my own soundtrack to end of the year studying and trying to drown out the drunken conversations, which seem to happen far too close to my door as my Sophomore year of college was ending, when I wanted to go to sleep. I’ll admit this a strange way to hear this album, because it always sounded like a high speed chase was happening even if there were spoken word sections on top of the rapidly moving drums.
Over half the soundtrack is done by the director of the movie, Tom Tykwer along with composers Johnny Klimek and Reinhold Heil. The first half of the soundtrack can summed up quickly as: Breakbeat drums and scary industrial sounds paired with cold monologues. So, not exactly what first came to my mind, when I read that this was a “Techno” soundtrack. But, as I should’ve learned last year, when I first delving into The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, and other big acts from the first Electronica Boom. The Electronica music of this time that was crossing over was a lot closer to sample-heavy rap and less in the realm of Detroit Techno or Eurohouse.
A soundtrack of “98 TRANCE HITS” would have been cool, but this is a lot more interesting. So, while it gives an idea what “Techno” actually was or at least was when people heard the word in 1998. The rest of the soundtrack is mostly remixes of tracks from the other part of the soundtrack, which are fine and good. Industrial sounds are still there, but now with fun parenthetical phrases like: (Solid State Remix), (Big), (Large Remix), and even simply (Remix). There are few more slower paced song in this section that sound a bit more appropriate for a movie soundtrack assuming a soundtrack shouldn’t make you want to find the nearest rave and never stop dancing. I probably should actual watch Run Lola Run, so this music can have its proper context in my mind, but if not it’ll make any future driving I do feel way more intense than it should, as I transport myself to 1999 and try to escape from the impending doom of Y2K.