The soundtrack behind 2011’s cult-hit Drive commands a presence just as important as Ryan Gosling’s unnamed character in the film. Curated and composed by Cliff Martinez (drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers in the 80’s, composer of TV and film soundtracks since the 90’s), the synth pop tunes don’t take a back seat like many movie scores. Cliff’s original, instrumental songs make up the bulk of the score, but it’s the guest appearances by electro pop/dance bands like Chromatics, Kavinsky, Desire, and College that really make the album shine.
Here’s a fun piece of memorabilia from AMC’s Season 5 premier of Mad Men – a limited 7″ single with music featured on the show. The A-side has actress Megan Draper’s (actress Jessica Paré) rendition of a 1960’s french song “Zou Bisou, Bisou”. On the reverse is the Mad Men theme song, the instrumental version of “A Beautiful Mine” by RJD2. The 7″ single comes housed in a very nice, thick gatefold cover. Pressing info has yet to be disclosed from the single’s distributor, Insound. I was very glad to see a little shock of black smoke pressed into my copy – just like the copy of Little Hell by City and Colour that I recently received.
I wish more TV shows or movies would embrace these sorts of releases – though it does go with the canon set forth by Mad Men. You can still purchase copies of the 7″ from Insound on red vinyl and black vinyl.