'90s Soundtrack Battle: Angus & Batman Forever Duke It Out
The movies couldn't be any more different. One is about an obese, kindly high school guy with a heart of gold. The other is about an crime-fighting millionaire orphan inside a cartoonish world full of super-villains, cringe-worthy puns, and Jim Carrey at his muggiest. Obvious Angus is a better film, but you know Batman Forever had Drew Barrymore dressed like this.
But 1995's Angus and Batman Forever both had great soundtracks, that myself and freelancer Cory Garcia were willing to defend. I say that the Batman disc was better than the Angus one, which puts up a valiant fight. Each of them were gateway drugs for many young, budding music fans, with Angus' soundtrack full of future name-check worthy acts like Tilt, Ash, Pansy Division, and Pinkerton-era Weezer.
As for Batman, it was your typical, bloated Hollywood sampler full of industry favors, castoffs and b-sides from other albums and sessions, with enough street-cred to pull the hipper-than-thou. These were en vogue from the early '80s to the late '90s, when you know, blah blah, Napster, stealing and stuff. Soundtracks just aren't the same anymore. They aren't the events that they once were.
The Angus Track Listing:
"J.A.R. (Jason Andrew Relva)" - Green Day
"Jack Names the Planets" - Ash
"Enough" - Dance Hall Crashers
"Kung Fu" - Ash
"Back to You" - Riverdales
"Mrs. You and Me" - Smoking Popes
"You Gave Your Love to Me Softly" - Weezer
"Ain't That Unusual" - Goo Goo Dolls
"Funny Face" - The Muffs
"White Homes" - Tilt
"Deep Water" - Pansy Division
"Am I Wrong" - Love Spit Love (Marching Band Version)
The Batman Forever Track Listing:
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me" - U2
"One Time Too Many" - PJ Harvey
"Where Are You Now?" - Brandy
"Kiss from a Rose" - Seal
"The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" - Massive Attack & Tracey Thorn
"Nobody Lives Without Love" - Eddi Reader
"Tell Me Now" - Mazzy Star
"Smash It Up" - The Offspring (The Damned cover)
"There Is a Light" - Nick Cave
"The Riddler" - Method Man
"The Passenger" - Michael Hutchence (Iggy Pop cover)
"Crossing the River" - The Devlins
"8" - Sunny Day Real Estate
"Bad Days" - The Flaming Lips
Craig: I say that the best soundtrack of 1995 was the Batman Forever soundtrack. Check it: The Flaming Lips, PJ Harvey, Sunny Day Real Estate, Nick Cave, The Offspring -- before they were too terribly shitty -- and arguably my favorite U2 song from this era that didn't come from the Pop album, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me".
Now maybe this because I was 12 years old when it came out and I have romanticized it, I don't know. But all I know is that I found the disc at a thrift store a few months back and jammed it for a week or two in my car. What say you?
Cory: My pick for best soundtrack of 1995 is and has always been the Angus soundtrack. While it doesn't have the indie cred of Batman Forever, it does have a pretty stellar line up of awesome pop punk and power pop bands: Ash, Goo Good Dolls, Riverdales, Weezer at their creative high point, and easily the best Green Day b-side, and Mike Dirnt's best contribution to the band -- lyrically -- "J.A.R."
Now, I'll admit, it played to all my soft spots: like the character in the movie, I was a chubby nerdy Green Day-loving school kid, but the songs on the soundtrack remain some of my favorite even today. The question I have for you is are you burying the fact that "Kiss From A Rose" is on Batman Forever or is that your trump card?