Sunday, 30 September 2012

Five Star Songs- Glass Candy- Digital Versicolor

I was perusing Netflix on Friday night looking for a flick to watch when I came across the movie Bronson in the "Just Released" queue. I had heard about this movie before but did not know anything about the character being portrayed in the film. I had only heard that it was directed by Drive's Nicolas Winding Refn and that it starred up and coming British actor Tom Hardy (Bane in The Dark Knight Rises). Of course, based on the director and actor, I decided to stream the movie.

The film was not your average biopic and presented the character of Michael Peterson (Bronson), Britain's most violent criminal, in a kind of black comedy fashion. The movie looks at Michael Peterson's life behind bars and his acts of insubordination that included violent outbursts and taking prison guards hostage. He was released from prison in 1988 where he became a bare knuckle brawler and changed his name to Charlie Bronson, thus the movie title. His freedom only lasted a few months and he remains behind bars to this day. I won't go into too much more detail and highly recommend that you watch the movie.

The movie has a really good soundtrack that includes a lot of classical works mixed with contemporary modern music. The soundtrack includes The Electrician by The Walker Brothers, and Your Silent Face by New Order. There is a really funny scene in the movie where a bunch of drugged-out mental patients are dancing to the The Pet Shop Boys It's a Sin.

The soundtrack also has the song Digital Versicolor by Portland synth pop band Glass Candy. A little bit surprising to hear this song in the movie because the film is a period piece taking place in the seventies and eighties, while the track was released on Glass Candy's B/E/A/T/B/O/X album from 2003. However; the track does have a retro synth pop/italo disco sound and you could easily mistake the song for something released in the eighties. The music video for the song stars Australian actress Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids). Watch the video below and download the song.

Director Refn must be a big fan of electro pop music because he included Glass Candy mastermind Johnny Jewel's other project, Chromatics, in the ultra cool film Drive. That movie also has music from synth pop bands Kavinsky and College featuring Electric Youth.

Buy the soundtrack to Bronson on Amazon.
Download the Glass Candy album B/E/A/T/B/O/X on iTunes.

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