Sounds of a Decade: Music of the Film
With their collaborations on blockbusters from
The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons to more
intimate projects such as Frost/Nixon, Howard and
Hans Zimmer, a Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy
Award winner, once again joined forces for the sounds
of Rush. Indeed, Zimmer composed 19 of the 24 songs
for this spectacular big-screen re-creation of the F1
world of 1976.
In describing what he hoped Zimmer would
accomplish through his music, Howard comments:
"From the beginning I knew Rush would be a
deceptively complex score. Hans so often finds creative
impetus by closely examining the central characters,
not only as written and directed but also as performed.
He understood all the paradoxes in the characters, and
the Rush score is another very impressive creation by
With songs from David Bowie ("Fame"), Steve
Winwood ("Gimme Some Lovin'") and Dave Edmunds
("I Hear You Knocking") to pieces from Mud ("Dyna-
Mite") and Thin Lizzy ("The Rocker"), the Rush
soundtrack reminds the audience of the signature
sounds that accompanied the era, and why it was such
a time of reinvention and revolution.
Balancing the racers' simple desires with their
frenetic-yet-controlled behavior on the track was a
challenge for Howard and Zimmer as they created
the soundtrack to the film. Whether in the intimate
moments in which James finds himself alone with
his pet budgies and Niki first meets Marlene or
James' loose-cannon tantrums and the raging inferno
at Nurburgring that forever changed Lauda's life,
Zimmer captured the spirit of the world in which they
lived and raced.
Zimmer's work had another fan on the production.
"When I was watching the movie with the Formula 1
community, I realized what a fantastic job Hans has
done," says Lauda. "I was simply blown away. Part of
the standing ovations go to him."
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