Listen to Johnny Jewel’s DRIVE-Like Score to Preview His Work with Nicolas Winding Refn on LOGAN’S RUN

     December 23, 2011


Cliff Martinez ended up as the chief author of the great score that propelled Drive.  There were 5 other songs on the soundtrack, including one each by Desire and the Chromatics, two acts associated with producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel.  Jewel later revealed that he had created an entire score for Drive that was not used.  There are no hard feelings with director Nicolas Winding Refn, though.  Refn has talked to Jewel about working on the score for Refn’s upcoming remake of Logan’s Run once that project starts to come together.

In case there was any doubt about Jewel’s qualifications to score movies after the two tracks on the Drive soundtrack, Jewel has released the two-and-a-half hour Symmetry: Themes For An Imaginary Film.  As “Imaginary” indicates, this is reportedly not Jewel’s discarded Drive score, but it sure sounds like it could be.  Hit the jump to listen.

Streamed on Jewel’s Sound Cloud [via The Playlist]

Disc 1 Disc 2
1. Introduction
2. City Of Dreams
3. Over The Edge
4. The Nightshift
5. Paper Chase
6. Outside Looking In
7. Midnight Sun
8. Behind The Wheel
9. Thicker Than Blood
10. A Sort Of Homecoming
11. Winner Take All
12. Death Mask
13. Jackie’s Eyes
14. The Fading Faces
15. Mind Games
16. The Maze
17. Threshold
18. Flashback
1. Blood Sport
2. Survival Instinct
3. Hall Of Mirrors
4. Eulogy
5. The Messenger
6. Love Theme
7. Through The Gauntlet
8. Ghost Town
9. Cruise Control
10. Wave Goodbye
11. Magic Gardens
12. An Eye For An Eye
13. The Point Of No Return
14. Cremation
15. The Nightshift Reprise
16. Memories Are Forever
17. Echoes Of The Mind
18. Streets Of Fire

Jewel spoke about his approach to scoring movies to around the release of Drive:


“I actually will say that I probably will almost never write for a movie. It has to be something really, really good. Nick talked to me a little bit about Logan’s Run. He mentioned it and was just trying to feel out if I was interested, and I was telling him about how on my 30th birthday, I had a party and I had a blinking stone in my hand, because I was super into that movie and obsessed with the idea of turning 30 or whatever. So that’s something I’ve been doing. So in 2013, they’re doing a script for it. They’re working on a screenplay next year, after they do Only God Forgives.[But] I’m not out there trying to apply for jobs or work for movies. It’s hard, and I mean, if you have taste, it’s really hard. That’s something you take seriously.

It’s really, really difficult to make something that’s worth hearing on film in my opinion, to do the picture justice. If you’re writing for a movie that’s worth doing in the first place, it’s hard to live up to – you know, to not just shit all over it. So because of that, I’m not going to work on 99.9% of movies. I’ve been asked to do some stuff before and I turned it down because I wasn’t feeling the project.”



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