Music fans assemble! On the 10th of November, Zavvi is launching the first edition of our Secret Soundtrack subscription plan. Each month we’ll be releasing an exclusive, coloured vinyl pressing of a film soundtrack or score that has never been out before- and there’s only 500 copies available for each! The soundtrack that you get will remain a secret until the joyous day you’ll find it in your mailbox. Expect some unique gems that range from niche cult releases to famous classics with an Academy Award nomination to their name.
As big music fans ourselves, we’re delighted to hear about your favourite film soundtracks or scores! We’ve asked the biggest music nerds in the Zavvi team which soundtrack has left a big impression on them. Let us know in the comments below what soundtracks you love! Here are some of our favorite sounds:
Never has the harmony between music and film been so apt as in The Graduate, the 1967 film by Mike Nichols. From the moment we see the pensive Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman) arrive at the airport of his hometown to the fading grin on his face in the iconic end scene, Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘The Sound of Silence’ serves as a melancholic motive throughout the film, quietly reminding you of Benjamin’s continual anxiety and disaffection – a feeling which, in hindsight, was so typical of the youth in the 1960s.
Nichols’ choice to solely include Simon & Garfunkel songs in the film wasn’t initially intended (using pre-existing pop songs was a bold move at the time), but the songs and the scenes are so well-aligned that you just can’t imagine the swimming pool scene without the wistful chords of ‘Sound of Silence’ or the steal-the-bride scene without the fragmented ‘Mrs. Robinson’ hammering in revolt. If it wasn’t for the musical and comical brilliance of The Graduate, it’s equally hard to imagine the success of film directors like Wes Anderson, and, of course, the recurring ‘hello darkness my old friend’ joke in Arrested Development!