Incredible Soundtrack #17: Back to the Future (Silvestri)

The music attached to a film creates the environment, I believe, moreso than the literal environment depicted through the visuals…


This week I will try and release a few of these posts – but there will be a twist. In the first instance, the majority of the soundtracks will not rely on the scores to provide exposure or discussion on the film itself. Though Alan Silvestri composed the score for Back to the Future, it is the [easily accessible] soundtrack with some classic iconic 80’s tracks.

1. The Power of Love (Huey Lewis and the News) – Interestingly, this song, through scoring the number one spot on the billboard charts marked the first worldwide success for Huey Lewis and the News. Even Huey Lewis himself managed to nab a cameo in the film – judging Marty McFly’s band at the school when they play an instrumental ‘rock’ version of the song. Forever associated with the 80’s, this song with never lose its ties with Back to the Future.

3. Back to the Future – There are only two tracks on the album from the score, this track and an 8-minute overture. I have chosen this one as it has no filler spot – throwing us straight into the theme and for 4-minutes filling us with heroic gusto. Alan Silvestri at his best and, dare I say it, creating a forever iconic theme to stand alongside John Williams unforgettable 80’s themes such as E.T. and Indiana Jones.

10. Johnny B. Goode (Marty McFly and the Starlighters) – On the soundtrack, this song is credited to the ficiotnal characters of the film, when in fact the artists are Harry Waters Jr (as Marvin Berry), Mark Campbell (as Marty McFly) and Tim May (performing the guitar solo). Following on from the film, I can imagine many young teenagers finding a new love for 50’s music. Unlike Mr Sandman (by The Four Aces), at least Johnny B Goode is on the soundtrack!

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