Natural Born Killers (soundtrack)

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Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film
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Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedAugust 23, 1994
Genre Soundtrack
Label Nothing/Interscope
Producer Trent Reznor
Trent Reznor chronology
Natural Born Killers
Lost Highway
Singles from Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film
  1. "Burn"
    Released: 1994

Natural Born Killers: A Soundtrack for an Oliver Stone Film is the soundtrack to the film Natural Born Killers , produced by Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. Reznor reportedly produced the soundtrack using a portable Pro Tools in his hotel room while on his band’s Self Destruct Tour. [1] [2] On his approach to compiling the soundtrack, Reznor told MTV:

<i>Natural Born Killers</i> 1994 film by Oliver Stone

Natural Born Killers is a 1994 American satirical black comedy crime film directed by Oliver Stone and starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tom Sizemore, and Tommy Lee Jones. The film tells the story of two victims of traumatic childhoods who became lovers and mass murderers, and are irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Record producer Individual who oversees and manages the recording of an artists music

A record producer or music producer oversees and manages the sound recording and production of a band or performer's music, which may range from recording one song to recording a lengthy concept album. A producer has many, varying roles during the recording process. They may gather musical ideas for the project, collaborate with the artists to select cover tunes or original songs by the artist/group, work with artists and help them to improve their songs, lyrics or arrangements.

Trent Reznor American musician

Michael Trent Reznor is an American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, and film score composer. He is the founder, lead vocalist, and principal songwriter of the industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails, which he founded in 1988 and of which he was the sole official member until adding long-time collaborator Atticus Ross as a permanent member in 2016. His first release under the Nine Inch Nails name, the 1989 album Pretty Hate Machine, was a commercial and critical success. He has since released nine Nine Inch Nails studio albums. He left Interscope Records in 2007 and was an independent recording artist until signing with Columbia Records in 2012.


I suggested to Oliver [Stone] to try to turn the soundtrack into a collage-of-sound, kind of the way the movie used music: make edits, add dialog, and make it something interesting, rather than a bunch of previously released music. [3]

Oliver Stone American film director, screenwriter, and producer

William Oliver Stone is an American filmmaker, director, writer and conspiracy theorist.

Some songs were written especially for the film or soundtrack, such as "Burn" by Nine Inch Nails.

Burn (Nine Inch Nails song) 1994 song by Nine Inch Nails

"Burn" is a song recorded by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails for the soundtrack to the 1994 film Natural Born Killers. It was released as a promotional single from the soundtrack. The song was included as a bonus track on the 10th anniversary deluxe edition of The Downward Spiral in 2004. Live performances of the song are featured on KROQ Christmas 2005 and the concert film Beside You in Time.

Track listing

  1. Leonard Cohen  – "Waiting for the Miracle" (Edit)
  2. L7  – "Shitlist"
  3. Dan Zanes  – "Moon over Greene County" (Edit)
  4. Patti Smith  – "Rock N Roll Nigger" (Flood Remix)
  5. Cowboy Junkies  – "Sweet Jane" (Edit)
  6. Bob Dylan  – "You Belong to Me"
  7. Duane Eddy  – "The Trembler" (Edit)
  8. Nine Inch Nails  – "Burn"
  9. "Route 666"
    featuring Robert Downey Jr., and Brian Berdan  – "BB Tone"
  10. "Totally Hot"
    contains an edit of Remmy Ongala And Orchestre Super Matimila – "Kipenda Roho"
  11. Patsy Cline  – "Back in Baby's Arms"
  12. Peter Gabriel And Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan  – "Taboo" (Edit)
  13. "Sex Is Violent"
    contains excerpts of Jane's Addiction  – "Ted, Just Admit It..." and Diamanda Galás  – "I Put a Spell on You"
  14. A.O.S. – "History (Repeats Itself)" (Edit)
  15. Nine Inch Nails – "Something I Can Never Have" (Edited And Extended)
  16. Russel Means  – "I Will Take You Home"
  17. The Hollywood Persuaders – "Drums a Go-Go" (Edit)
  18. "Hungry Ants"
    contains excerpts of Barry Adamson  – "Checkpoint Charlie" and "Violation of Expectation"
  19. Dr. Dre  – "The Day the Niggaz Took Over"
  20. Juliette Lewis  – "Born Bad"
    song and lyrics written by Cissie Cobb.
  21. Sergio Cervetti – "Fall of the Rebel Angels" (Edit)
  22. Lard  – "Forkboy"
  23. "Batonga In Batongaville"
    contains excerpts of The Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra – "A Night on Bare Mountain"
  24. Nine Inch Nails  – "A Warm Place" (Edit)
  25. "Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar"
    contains excerpts of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan & Party – "Allah, Mohammed, Char, Yaar" and Diamanda Galás – "Judgement Day"
  26. Leonard Cohen – "The Future" (Edit)
  27. Tha Dogg Pound  – "What Would U Do?"

The film also contains "Bombtrack" and "Take the Power Back" by Rage Against the Machine, "Cyclops" by Marilyn Manson, "Anthem" by Leonard Cohen, "The Heat" and "In Doubt" by Peter Gabriel, "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man" by Cowboy Junkies, "The Way I Walk" cover by Robert Gordon, and "Ghost Town" by The Specials, but these tracks are not included on the soundtrack album. Also includes samples of "Leader of the Pack" by The Shangri-Las, and Steven "Jesse" Bernstein's "No No Man-Part 1".

Bombtrack 1993 single by Rage Against the Machine

"Bombtrack" is a song by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine that opens their self-titled debut album. Like most of Rage Against the Machine's songs, the song's lyrics discuss social inequality, proclaiming that "landlords and power whores" were going to "burn". The riffs were composed by Rage Against the Machine bassist Tim Commerford. The song is one of three on the album in the key of F along with "Know Your Enemy" and "Fistful of Steel". Impressed by their song, Rage Against the Machine named it Bombtrack in reference to hip hop terminology where the word 'bomb' means 'the greatest', making the song title literally mean 'the greatest track'.

Rage Against the Machine American rock band

Rage Against the Machine is an American rock band from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 1991, the group consists of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, bassist and backing vocalist Tim Commerford, guitarist Tom Morello, and drummer Brad Wilk. Their songs express revolutionary political views. As of 2010, they had sold over 16 million records worldwide.

Marilyn Manson (band) American rock band

Marilyn Manson is an American rock band formed by namesake lead singer Marilyn Manson and guitarist Daisy Berkowitz in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in 1989. Originally named Marilyn Manson & the Spooky Kids, they gained a local cult following in South Florida in the early 1990s with their theatrical live performances. In 1993, they were the first act signed to Trent Reznor's Nothing Records label. Until 1996, the name of each member was created by combining the first name of a female sex symbol and the last name of a serial killer, for example Marilyn Monroe and Charles Manson. Their lineup has changed between many of their album releases; the current members of Marilyn Manson are the eponymous lead singer.

Tracks 9, 10, 13, 18, 21, 23 and 25 are assembled from various recordings and dialogue from the film.

Dialogue is a written or spoken conversational exchange between two or more people, and a literary and theatrical form that depicts such an exchange. As a narrative, philosophical or didactic device, it is chiefly associated in the West with the Socratic dialogue as developed by Plato, but antecedents are also found in other traditions including Indian literature.

The bathroom scene of this film contains a non-credited selection from the Melvins' Houdini; more specifically the surrealist percussion track titled "Spread Eagle Beagle". Various colloquial rumors surround the genesis of this track, including one that it was done by Kurt Cobain.

Melvins band from the United States

Melvins are an American rock band whose early work was key to the development of both grunge and sludge metal. The band formed in 1983 in Montesano, Washington. They have mostly performed as a trio, as well as a quartet with either two drummers/bassists in recent years. Since 1984, vocalist and guitarist Buzz Osborne and drummer Dale Crover have been constant members. The band was named after a supervisor at a Thriftway in Montesano, Washington, where Osborne also worked as a clerk. "Melvin" was disliked by other employees, and the band's members felt it to be an appropriately ridiculous name.

<i>Houdini</i> (album) 1993 studio album by Melvins

Houdini is the fifth studio album by the Melvins, released in 1993 on Atlantic Records. The album was the band's major label debut after releasing their previous albums on the independent label Boner Records.

Kurt Cobain American singer, composer, and musician

Kurt Donald Cobain was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the guitarist and frontman of the rock band Nirvana. He is remembered as one of the most iconic and influential rock musicians in the history of alternative music.

In the scene which depicts Mickey and Mallory's first meeting as a sitcom parody entitled "I Love Mallory", the following pieces of music are also heard: "Happy-Go-Lively" by Laurie Johnson, "Happy Families" by Sam Fonteyn, "Pizzicato Playtime" by Sam Fonteyn, and "Domestic Fun" by Ernest Tomlinson.


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"Bernard Herrmann's phenomenally eerie Vertigo score, Vangelis's groundbreaking synth-based ambience for Blade Runner , Nino Rota's timeless Godfather suite – any self-appointed buff of the soundtrack genre might blanch at the notion of making shelf-room alongside these classics for a furious miscellaneous music compilation…" wrote Andrew Collins in Q , "but, hey, as Mickey says, 'This is the 1990s,' and, if you were a soundtrack album, you'd be Natural Born Killers." [6]

Chart positions

Chart (1994)Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart [7] 14
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart [8] 14
US Billboard 200 [9] 19


RegionCertification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA) [10] Gold500,000^
^ shipment figures based on certification alone.

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