Friday, September 14, 2012

80 Celebrity Film Composers (Pop Stars Who've Done Scores for Movies)




I previously posted a list of 100 important film composers.  This is a kind of add-on. It's about original instrumental music written for a specific film by a well-known star of the music world. However, if that star has also had an extensive career in film composing he or she will be in that previous list.

This list does not cover musicals featuring pop songs nor does it cover the likes of Simon & Garfunkel’s work on The Graduate (1967), where songs, perhaps newly composed or perhaps not, are used in a film and on a sountrack album. It does however include Queen’s Flash Gordon, because in that case Queen also wrote background music for the film.


Aaron Copland
1949 The Heiress
1949 The Red Pony
1943 The North Star
1940 Our Town
1939 Of Mice and Men
Abdullah Ibrahim 
1990 Tilai
1988 Chocolat
Air
1999 The Virgin Suicides
Alan Price 
1987 The Whales of August
1982 Britannia Hospital
1973 O Lucky Man!
Ali Akbar Khan 
1963 The Householder
1960 The Goddess
Antonio Carlos Jobim
1959 Black Orpheus
Arvo Pärt 
2002 Gerry
Badly Drawn Boy
2002 About a Boy
Barry Adamson
2011 Dreams of a Life
Benjamin Britten 
1936 Night Mail
Bob Dylan
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid
Branford Marsalis
2001 3 A.M.
Brian Eno
2009 The Lovely Bones
2005 The Jacket
2004 Clean
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel
1978 Jubilee
1976 Sebastiane
Carlos Santana 
1987 La Bamba
Carly Simon 
1990 Postcards from the Edge
1986 Heartburn
Chemical Brothers 
2011 Hanna
Chick Corea
1989 Cat Chaser
Chico Hamilton
1965 Repulsion
Daft Punk 
2010 TRON: Legacy
Daniel Lanois
2000 The Million Dollar Hotel
1996 Sling Blade
Dave Stewart
2004 Alfie
2004 Around the World in 80 Days
1999 Cookie's Fortune
1996 Beautiful Girls
1995 Showgirls
David Byrne
2011 This Must Be the Place
2003 Young Adam
1988 Married to the Mob
1987 The Last Emperor
1986 True Stories
Dmitri Shostakovich 
1964 Hamlet
1971 King Lear
Don Cherry 
1973 The Holy Mountain
Duke Ellington
1966 Assault on a Queen
1961 Paris Blues
1959 Anatomy of a Murder Eddie Vedder
Elton John 
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet
Erik Satie 
1924 Entr'acte
George Harrison
1986 Shanghai Surprise
Goldfrapp
2009 Nowhere Boy
2004 My Summer of Love
Herbie Hancock 
1989 Harlem Nights
1988 Colors
1986 'Round Midnight
1984 A Soldier's Story
1974 Death Wish
1966 Blow-Up
Isaac Hayes 
1971 Shaft
Jan Garbarek
2005 The Giant Buddhas
Jerry Garcia
1970 Zabriskie Point
Jimmy Page
1985 Death Wish 3
1982 Death Wish II
Joe Strummer
1987 Walker
1980 Rude Boy
John Cage
1947 Dreams That Money Can Buy
John Cale 
2000 American Psycho
1996 Basquiat
1996 I Shot Andy Warhol
1986 Something Wild
John Phillips
1976 The Man Who Fell to Earth
1970 Myra Breckinridge
John Tavener
2006 Children of Men
2005 Battle in Heaven
Johnny Cash
1970 I Walk the Line
Jonny Greenwood
2011 We Need to Talk About Kevin
2010 Norwegian Wood
2007 There Will Be Blood
Karen O
2009 Where the Wild Things Are
Loudon Wainwright III 
2007 Knocked Up
Mark Knopfler 
1997 Wag the Dog
1989 Last Exit to Brooklyn
1987 The Princess Bride
1984 Comfort and Joy
1984 Cal
1983 Local Hero
Marvin Gaye
1972 Trouble Man
Michael Hutchence
1986 Dogs in Space
Mick Jagger
2004 Alfie
Mike Oldfield 
1984 The Killing Fields
Miles Davis 
1991 Dingo
1970 Jack Johnson
1958 Elevator to the Gallows
Moby 
2010 Waste Land
2006 Southland Tales
1999 Go
Mogwai 
2006 Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait
Neil Diamond 
1973 Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Nick Cave 
2009 The Road
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
2005 The Proposition
Nile Rodgers 
1994 Beverly Hills Cop III
1988 Earth Girls Are Easy
1988 Coming to America
Oliver Nelson
1969 Death of a Gunfighter
Pat Metheny
1999 A Map of the World
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman
Paul Kelly
2006 Jindabyne
2001 Lantana
Paul McCartney
1966 The Family Way
Paul Oakenfold 
2001 Swordfish
Paul Simon
1975 Shampoo
Peter Gabriel
2002 Rabbit-Proof Fence
1988 The Last Temptation of Christ
1984 Birdy
Phil Collins 
2003 Brother Bear
Pink Floyd 
1970 Zabriskie Point
Queen
1980 Flash Gordon
R.E.M.
1999 Man on the Moon
Ralph Vaughan Williams
1948 Scott of the Antarctic
1941 49th Parallel
Ravi Shankar
1982 Gandhi
1959 The World of Apu
1956 Aparajito
1955 Pather Panchali
Roger Waters
1986 When the Wind Blows
RZA 
2004 Blade: Trinity
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1
1999 Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Sergei Prokofiev 
1958 Ivan the Terrible, Part II
1944 Ivan the Terrible, Part I
1938 Alexander Nevsky
Sonny Rollins
1966 Alfie
Tangerine Dream
1985 Legend
1984 Firestarter
1983 The Keep
1983 Risky Business
1981 Thief
1977 Sorcerer
T- Bone Burnett 
2009 Crazy Heart
2005 Walk the Line
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Thomas Dolby 
1986 Gothic
Tindersticks 
2008 35 Shots of Rum
2001 Trouble Every Day
Tom Waits
1991 Night on Earth
1982 One from the Heart
Trent Reznor 
2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2010 The Social Network
Trevor Horn 
2000 Coyote Ugly
Van Dyke Parks 
2003 The Company
1990 The Two Jakes
1978 Goin' South
Wyclef Jean 
2003 The Agronomist

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