The British film critic, a presenter, writer, musician, and bass player Mark Kermode in his BBC radio show ‘The Soundtrack of My Life’, talked about his favorites film soundtracks of all time.
He led a tour through soundtracks from his favorite movies, including orchestral scores, electronic music, songs from musicals, and sound effects from another world.
Otherwise, Mark Kermode is the chief film critic for The Observer. Also, he is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. So, through his long experience, he is accredited to speak about songs and music.
Kermode’s adoration for music in movies is profound. He even still owns his very first soundtrack, a beaten-up vinyl copy of Dougal & The Blue Cat, which he begged his mother to buy for 99p back in 1970.
The theme song from the 1983 film Local Hero, which is also the Newcastle United FC walk-out anthem, is one of Kermode’s favorites soundtracks of all time. A track which at the time was produced courtesy by Mark Knopfler the frontman and lead guitarist of Dire Straits.
The atmospheric guitar work was originally featured in the film of the same name. Otherwise, Local Hero is a 1983 Bill Forsyth film that depicts the story of an American oil company that sends an executive to buy up an entire village. However, to use the most ubiquitous phrase in synopsis history, ‘things don’t go as planned’.
“I love Local Hero and my vinyl copy of the soundtrack was played to death until it was nothing more than a spiral scratch. An enduring favorite that benefits hugely from the input of ‘80s musician Mark Knopfler.”
As Knopfler concluded on the show, “For me, it’s the perfect example for the music of the film being the place setting.”
Below you can listen to the full list of Mark Kermode’s favorite soundtracks. Also, you can click HERE to download for free Mark Kermode’s podcast show ‘The Soundtrack of My Life’.