The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

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The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Crow soundtrack album cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedMarch 29, 1994
Genre Alternative rock, alternative metal, industrial rock, gothic rock, groove metal
Label Atlantic
Producer Various
The Crow soundtrack chronology
Fear and Bullets
The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Crow: Original Motion Picture Score
Singles from The Crow: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  1. "Big Empty"
    Released: May 22, 1994
Professional ratings
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The soundtrack to the movie The Crow was released in 1994. [2]


Album information

The album featured covers, including Nine Inch Nails who covered Joy Division's "Dead Souls", Pantera who covered Poison Idea's "The Badge", and Rollins Band who covered Suicide's "Ghost Rider", which is about a Marvel Comics character. Rage Against the Machine re-recorded their 1991 B-side "Darkness of Greed" and renamed it "Darkness" for this soundtrack. The Cure also wrote the song "Burn" for the movie. Stone Temple Pilots originally intended to re-record a song off their Mighty Joe Young demo, titled "Only Dying", but was never able to when Brandon Lee had died during production. Medicine re-recorded their song "Time Baby II" for the film's soundtrack album as "Time Baby III", which featured guest vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins, although the original version is performed by Medicine in the film. "It Can't Rain All the Time" was co-written by Jane Siberry and the film's composer Graeme Revell, performed by Siberry. An orchestral version of "It Can't Rain All the Time" can be heard in the film multiple times.

The inclusion of songs written by The Cure and Joy Division are notable because the influences of both bands are present in the original comic book. James O'Barr, the creator of The Crow , reprinted the lyrics to the song "The Hanging Garden" by The Cure on an entire page, and some chapters of the comic book are named after Joy Division songs – "Atmosphere" and "Atrocity Exhibition", for example. In one panel, Eric even quotes a lyric from the song "Disorder" from the album Unknown Pleasures . O'Barr was a big fan of both bands when he was creating the comic book.

The other music in the film which is not included in the soundtrack is instead on The Crow: Original Motion Picture Score of original, mostly orchestral music, with some electronic and guitar elements, written for the film by Graeme Revell.

Peaking at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, the album has sold 3.8 million copies in the United States, and has been certified 3x-Platinum by RIAA. [3] [4]

Track listing

1."Burn" The Cure 6:39
2."Golgotha Tenement Blues" Machines of Loving Grace 4:01
3."Big Empty" Stone Temple Pilots 4:56
4."Dead Souls" (Joy Division cover) Nine Inch Nails 4:52
5."Darkness" (Also known as "Darkness Of Greed") Rage Against the Machine 3:42
6."Color Me Once" Violent Femmes 4:10
7."Ghostrider" (Suicide cover) Rollins Band 5:46
8."Milktoast" (Also known as "Milquetoast") Helmet 3:59
9."The Badge" (Poison Idea cover) Pantera 3:54
10."Slip Slide Melting" For Love Not Lisa 5:48
11."After the Flesh" My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult 3:00
12."Snakedriver" The Jesus and Mary Chain 3:43
13."Time Baby III" Medicine 3:52
14."It Can't Rain All the Time" Jane Siberry 5:31
Total length:63:50


Chart positions

1994The Billboard 2001 [5]

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  1. Allmusic review
  2. "As 'The Crow' Flies". The Los Angeles Times. May 29, 1994. Retrieved 2010-12-04.