GODZILLA - The Album
International Title
Music By: David Arnold & Various
Record Label: Sony Music Soundtrax
Running Time: 59:11 Discs: 1
Release: May 1998 CD Number: EK-69338
Anthony Romero
This "Album" for the 1998 US production of GODZILLA is, sadly, really the norm in the way a lot of companies release soundtracks in the states. Filled primarily with tracks which would fall under the very loosely termed "inspired by" category, the vast majority of this work has nothing to do with the the film itself. The last two tracks, "Opening Titles" and "Looking for Clues", are the only two by composer David Arnold, and while the first is the one of the best from the score as it's a very foreboding track, the second is a rather odd choice as it's much more low key in style, although is fairly pleasant none the same.

As for the other tracks by contemporary bands and artists, it's a very mixed combination, one which transgresses genres rather infamously. In fact, the idea of finding someone who liked The Wallflowers, Puff Daddy (or Diddy, whichever one prefers) and Days of the New, even in 1998, seems fairly farfetched. Today, the disc's standout track is easily "No Shelter" by Rage Against the Machine, which is not only still a favorite on a lot of radio stations almost ten years later but actually mentions Godzilla in the lyrics, if only once. The fact that the popular group split up two years after this Album probably has a lot to due with its continued fame, though.

The other nice track off this disc is the remix of "Brain Stew" by Green Day, which prominently features the Godzilla roar. The song is, sadly, fairly infamous among supporters of the band, but should keep the interest of fans of the King of the Monsters. "Heroes" by The Wallflowers is a nice pleasant tune, although an odd choice to lead off the disc. "Deeper Underground" by Jamiroquai is also nice, although hasn't aged that well. "Come With Me", by Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page, is, for better or worse, the track off this CD which most remember. The song, even today, is a fairly unorthodox combination of Puff Daddy's rap, Jimmy Page's guitar work and a traditional orchestra in the background. I won't shy away from admitting that it's certainly not the horrible song that many paint it out to be, and is somewhat enjoyable, which is mostly due to Jimmy Page's guitar riff which is widely cited for its overt similarities to his work on Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir". The disc's absolute duds are present in the form of "Running Knees" by Days of the New and the fairly awful "Undercover" by Joey DeLuxe. However, given the large array of genres, there are sure to be more dependent on someone's particular taste in music. As previously noted, most of this music has nothing to do with the feature film, but some of it, such as "Come With Me", can be heard during the movie's ending credits, while a few others are heard in the movie as actual background music, such as being played in the drug store that Niko Tatopoulos stops in for a few seconds.

Overall, it's a better disc then most anyone gives it credit for today, but not a very good release all the same, and due to its ways of turning off fans of a particular genre it's easy to see why it still floods the "used bins" almost a decade after release. If one does want this CD, they are advised to shop around, as it's almost unheard of to pay more than a few dollars for it.
Rating: Star Rating
  1. Heroes
    By: The Wallflowers
  2. Come With Me
    By: Puff Daddy, Jimmy Page
  3. Deeper Underground
    By: Jamiroquai
  4. No Shelter
    By: Rage Against the Machine
  5. Air
    By: Ben Folds Five
  6. Running Knees
    By: Days of the New
  7. Macy Day Parade
    By: Michael Penn
  8. Walk the Sky
    By: Fuel
  9. A320
    By: Foo Fighters
  10. Brain Stew (The Godzilla Remix)
    By: Green Day
  11. Untitled
    By: Silverchair
  12. Out There
    By: fuzzbubble
  13. Undercover
    By: Joey DeLuxe
  14. Opening Titles
  15. Looking for Clues