For our 35th Score Guide, Will and Wend guide you through the soundtrack to the 1989 superhero classic, Batman, directed by Tim Burton, and composed by one of our faves, Danny Elfman!
Your hosts shall be ripping back the composer’s curtain of this well-loved film score to reveal the themes, instrumentation, and all those shining musical moments that put a smile on our face . . . and yours!
Sit back, relax and let us guide you through the soundtrack release track-by-track!
Remember, never rub another man’s rhubarb!
Score Guide Artwork by Xander Stobbs 1:4:9 Studio
Batman Warner Bros. Records (1989)
0:00 – Intro Tag: Xander Stobbs
12:57 – 1. The Batman Theme
22:24 – 2. Roof Fight
28:07 – 3. First Confrontation
33:18 – 4. Kitchen, Surgery, Face-Off
40:20 – 5. Flowers
44:03 – 6. Clown Attack
47:02 – 7. Batman to the Rescue
54:42 – 8. Roasted Dude
57:30 – 9. Photo/Beautiful Dreamer
1:02:56 – 10. Descent into Mystery
1:08:22 – 11. The Bat Cave
1:10:59 – 12. Joker’s Poem
1:15:17 – 13. Childhood Remembered
1:17:19 – 14. Love Theme
1:20:01 – 15. Charge of the Batmobile
1:23:27 – 16. Attack of the Batwing
1:27:45 – 17. Up to the Cathedral (Edward Scissorhands)
Join us for the debut episode of Sideshow Sound Radio, as we discuss the film scores that inspired each of us to become composers.
Starting with the symphonic and unashamedly emotional Star Trek First Contact score by Jerry Goldsmith and his son Joel Goldsmith, featuring an amalgam of almost all the Star Trek themes the film composer brought to the franchise including two new thematic gems, we go on to discuss the extremely underrated Thomas Newman and his intimate and well-crafted Meet Joe Black score featuring the heartbreaking cue “That Next Place”. Next, we discuss Frank Herbert’s Dune Soundtrack by Graeme Revell and the untraditional orchestration the composer used to help reflect the story of the three-part sci-fi mini-series, and finally, Danny Elfman’s dark, memorable, and tone-setting Batman 1989 score, orchestrated and conducted by the film score genius that was Shirley Walker.
2:06 – Our composing backgrounds
6:01 – Star Trek: First Contact
17:53 – Meet Joe Black
26:13 – Frank Herbert’s Dune
34:12 – Batman (1989)
Links from this episode:
Interview with film composer Graeme Revell on creating the music for “Frank Herbert’s Dune” (2000)
Danny Elfman’s amazing 1990 open letter to Micah Rubenstein as mentioned in this episode