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The 20 Soundtracks That Defined The 2000s
The sounds of a dark knight, a mischievous Parisian, a troubled family and one flying house

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Donnie Darko – Michael Andrews (2002)

 


Donnie Darko
Composer: Michael Andrews
Eighties classics vie with a haunting original score in the musical accompaniment to Richard Kelly’s strange parallel universe fable. The songs – Joy Division, INXS, Pantera, Echo And The Bunnymen, Tears For Fears – ground us in the period setting, while the film’s more ethereal bent is addressed by composer Michael Andrews. Andrews was forbidden by Kelly to use guitars or drums, so stuck to the likes of the piano, marimba and xylophone (and played them all himself, since the budget was so low he couldn’t afford to hire anyone else). He entirely reinvented Tears For Fears’ Mad World for a new generation in the process. Kinda funny and kinda sad.

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