list and songwriting credits for the Bad Eggs soundtrack CD
1: descent into the mall (Moore)
2: clublock (Moore)
3: shortsleeves (Moore)
4: exactly as you left it (Graney/ Moore)
5: bens theme (Graney)
6: mr wicks (Moore)
7: 1989 ( Graney / Moore)
8: a brand new force ( Graney / Moore)
9: remember our system? ( Graney)
10: 3 gun vendetta ( Graney / Moore)
11: XL9000 (Graney / Moore)
12: lets do it ladies (Graney /Moore)
13: million dollar question (Moore)
14: not going anywhere ( Graney)
15: the man in beige (Graney)
16: bad eggs theme (Moore)
17: el finito (Graney)
18: boogie with benjamin (Graney)
19: Im gonna release your soul ( Graney)
20: bain marie (Graney)
Clare wrote about a third, I wrote about a third
and we collaborated on the rest. The idea of releasing a CD came about
quite late in the piece and we were able to restore some tracks (specifically
the title theme) to their full length. (It had to be cut and used in several
places in the film). The love theme ("remember our system?")
was expanded to let the full act take place. The long XL9000 computer
room scene was edited and compressed to a more manageable length. "Million
dollar question took a lot of work from Clare, only to be buried under
some other music and a whole buncha dialogue, restored here to its full
, garish glory.
|A WORD FROM
David and Clare, in their various incarnations, have been belting us round the ears with great music for some twenty odd years now, but remarkably no-one has ever asked them to do a movie score. I suspect the reason is this: Its just way too long a drive to their studio pad on the outskirts of Melbourne. The Ponderosa, as its known, is approximately 38 Tatts Pokies venues from the city centre. Fancy film producer types like to work within walking distance of joints promising "Latte and Foccacia", not "Bait and Ammo".
But, as this CD reveals, the drives were well worth it. Bad Eggs takes the comedy movie and the crime thriller and stacks them into each other, head-on. Fortunately jumping the fence between genres is a Graney-Moore specialty and the end result is amusing without being parodic and serious without being leaden. I like to imagine someone listening to this soundtrack, whilst knowing nothing whatsoever about the movie it was designed to accompany. What the hell kinda film must Bad Eggs be?
I love this score. Its Euro one minute, Frankston the next. The CD also contains a few snatches of dialogue from the movie and the song that plays under the end credits, Dave and Clares 1994 classic with the Coral Snakes "Im Gonna Release Your Soul". Oh and if you whack it in your computer you will either a: Enjoy some fetching audio-visual
material, or b: Cause it to crash, resulting in much swearing and violence. Good luck to you.
One of Australias top live TV shows refuses to have David and Clare on as guests, because their music is "too weird". I can think of no greater compliment. Long may the weirdness continue!
|A word from
It turned out to be a smooth trip making the music for the film. Tony made it easy . He explained what he wanted so well . A visit to the set showed that he was good at keeping everybody involved.
We started out by watching a ton of modern thrillers and keeping it broody and tasteful. Tony ummed and ahhed. Clare then cooked up the opening theme and threw all the ideas of muted taste and subtle keyboard pads out the window. Tony gave us a very bright green light and we were away! It turned out that we had been hired to make a soundtrack like all those lurid cop tv shows and films wed studied for so many years without knowing! We were to do what we were good at! Make it bold and vivid and loaded with colour.
Of course, we had an engineer in Adam Rhodes who helped us get it onto the digital tape and also guided us through the different processes. (Hed been there before). He kept a lid on it, as they say in the sports pages.
So much music and so tightly welded to the plot and the characters. It helped in the initial stages to have TM selling / telling us the story. Hes a performer of course and would naturally get up and bounce around the studio, mimicing sounds and grooves and moods and impersonating each character. In some cases, we just followed his crazy shaped big band mouth jive! It was hard to catch it. Clare sat , taking wild, spidery notes and I sat in the background, noodling on an unplugged guitar. Later, wed improvise around our memories of his dancing moves. It seemed he moved so much and so fast, his shadows were still passing over the walls.
So, heres the CD. It works well as a story in itself. I hope you can imagine Tony pacing around us and talking a mile a minute as we try to log it all.
Adam Rhodes, (engineer), Tony Martin and Clare Moore, outside of the studio on the final day of audio mixing.Early Autumn, 2003.