„who the fuck commissioned this???“ it resonated through the halls, leading to the executive’s office. the reason being: rage against the machines „no shelter“, originally an exclusive song to the Godzilla soundtrack.
it is not unusual, that film execs commission popular bands for a movie, to do an original exclusive song to make a film more appealing to a certain target audience. usually there is huge money involved, so in many cases, those songs are pretty neat., because musicians are going the extra mile, to please said execs. also, there is almost no better promotion, than to get your song played within a major blockbuster success. gazillion of people will hear it. nine inch nails, foo fighters, filter, booya tribe and many more have even done some of their very best songs exclusively for movie soundtracks. c’mon, who could ever forget „deep“ by nine inch nails? a kick ass song, for a terrible, terrible movie (tombraider). hell, „deep“ might even be the ONLY good thing about tomb raider.
with all that in mind, one should suggest, that every commissioned song will be excessively checked, to make sure the cashload has been wisely spend. well, one SHOULD.
all of this leads us to a case, which is rather unusual, because it makes you wonder, how that track in particular, without any changes, really made it onto the actual soundtrack.
rage against the machine’s „no shelter“ is surely one of their finest tracks and sound wise, the band’s overall sound itself and the song in particular fit an action movie environment very well. what’s so odd about it, is not only that someone came up with the idea, to chose an anti-consumerism, anti-establishment orientated band, to be part of a mainstream project, but also that said band agreed.
anyway, RATM used this opportunity to deliver a stunt, which is unique in music history. they delivered a song, whose lyrics are completely anti-consumerism, and deals with the matter of how the mass media distracts the public from more important issues. explicitly naming coca cola, Nike and Steven Spielberg for his historically inaccurate portrayal of events in the movie Amistad. all of this still could have been just ignored by the studio, if recognized, but it all doesn’t stop there. the lyrics include the statement „Godzilla, pure motherfucking filler, get your eyes off the real killer“, expressing clearly that the film that this song is part of, is part of the problem of mass manipulation.
i don’t know how this got through unnoticed, but i am pretty sure in retrospect SOMEONE lost their job.
nevertheless, this is a great stunt, whose irony just can’t pass unappreciated. ^^