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Summer Of '93: Blockbuster Soundtracks With 'Movie Date'

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast on the summer flicks of '93.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Screen shot from the 1993 film "Jurassic Park" (YouTube)

There was a lot happening musically during the summer of '93 -- and there was also a lot happening in the movie theaters. The blockbuster hit "Jurassic Park" -- directed by Steven Spielberg and scored by John Williams -- became the top earning film of all time (only to be beaten out a few years later by "Titanic"). But that wasn't the only memorable film to come out of that summer, especially when it came to soundtracks.

Kristen Meinzer and Rafer Guzman of The Takeaway's "Movie Date" podcast join us to talk about their personal favorites from that summer -- from the rap-rock of "Judgment Night" to the indie pop of "So I Married An Axe Murderer." 

Kristen and Rafer's Soundtrack Picks for the Summer of '93: 

"So I Married An Axe Murderer"

Kristen: "It was a complete flop. But the soundtrack, a lot of people know, because it kind of defined 1993 indie pop music, much like the 'Singles' soundtrack the year before defined a certain era." 

"Judgment Night"

Rafer: "I know that this is the 'enfant terrible' of rock soundtracks. Everyone points to this soundtrack as being either the zenith or the nadir of rap rock.... I'm not saying to you that I'm a rap-rock fan, but when you think about it, the soundtrack was really quite ahead of its time." 

"What's Love Got To Do With It?"

Kristen: "[Tina Turner's] soundtrack for that movie is fantastic. It's a biopic based on 'I, Tina,' which is the autobiography she wrote with Kurt Loder of MTV fame. Tina Turner re-recorded most of the songs for this movie, and Laurence Fishburne actually does his own singing in it." 

"Poetic Justice"

Kristen: "This came out at a time when Janet Jackson was at the top of her game. Her song 'Again' which appears on both the Janet album and the 'Poetic Justice' soundtrack was nominated for awards and was hugely successful." 

"Menace II Society"

Rafer: "This was really one of the first films to take a really hard, clear-eyed look at black youth in the inner cities and to use a gangster rap soundtrack." 

Guests:

Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer

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