I was thinking it would be fun to do a version of Star Wars Skywalker Saga movies without the traditional score by John Williams, but rather with a music soundtrack from bands of the general time the films were released (or prior).
I got this idea from the drama behind the film of 1984, where the studio replaced the orchestral score with music by the Eurythmics behind the Director’s and Producer’s backs.
We’d still use John Williams’ score to connect scenes where it doesn’t make sense to have a song, but the goal would be to make Star Wars more like Guardians of the Galaxy with an emphasis on popular songs.
I want to stick to music that could have been used when the film was released, but I understand this is a difficult task even without sticking to period. I want to get creative. I’m pretty sure I can get them all integrated into the film, with sound effects and dialogue intact.
Let me know if you have any music ideas, I’ll post samples of scenes as I work on it.
Here are some of the scenes redone with songs rather than Williams’ score:
The Phantom Menace
Qui Gon and Obi-Wan fighting their way out of the Trade Federation trap set to “Kiss With a Fist” by Florence + The Machine.
Obi-Wan vs Maul set to “One Way or Another” by Blondie.
Attack of the Clones
Hunt for Sam Wesell set to “Intergalactic” by The Beastie Boys.
Anakin setting off to find his mother set to the beat of “Pain” by 2Pac.
Revenge of the Sith
Anakin and Padmé reflecting while the Jedi Council goes to confront Supreme Chancellor Palpatine set to “The King Must Die” by Elton John.
Order 66 Montage set to “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People.
A New Hope
- Escaping from the Death Star after Ben’s sacrifice set to “Trouble” by Cat Stevens
The Empire Strikes Back
Battle of Hoth set to the “Immigrant Song” cover by Karen O, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross.
Luke entering the cave on Dagobah set to “Lazarus” by David Bowie.
Return of the Jedi
Luke vs the Rancor set to “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell.
Celebrations across the Galaxy set to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang.
The Force Awakens
- Finn & Poe’s escape set to “Make Me Feel” by Janelle Monáe.
(Blocked in Iran, Syria, Cuba, and North Korea)
The Last Jedi
Rey watching Luke’s routine set to “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.
Finn and Rose’s arrival on Canto Bight set to Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People”.
Rey & Kylo vs the Praetorian Guards set to BONES UK’s “Filthy Freaks”.
The Rise of Skywalker
Ben arriving to help Rey and the Civilian Fleet arriving to help the Resistance set to “Holding Out for a Hero”. I used three different versions of the song, Bonnie Tyler’s original as well as Jennifer Saunders’ and Frou Frou’s covers made for Shrek 2.
Rey on Tatooine set to “There She Goes” by The La’s.