hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks Of All Time: Back To The Future
With some great in-store offers starting this week on films and on film soundtracks as part our 'Decades' series, every day we'll be picking the best soundtrack, one for every year, starting with 1950 right through to the present day. Today we're up to 1985 and we're firing up the DeLorean to look back at the soundtrack from Back To The Future.
Back To The Future, the classic time travel comedy.
So what’s the film about?
Marty McFly (Michael J Fox) is your average 80s teenager – apart from the fact that he’s friends with eccentric local scientist Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd). Brown claims he’s invented a time machine, built into a nifty DeLorean sports car, but the only way to power it is with plutonium - which he’s had to steal from some Libyan terrorists. When the angry terrorist come around wanting back, they gun down Doc, and Marty escapes in the DeLoren – which sends him back to 1955.
Stuck in the past, Marty bumps into his (teenage) parents, and manages to stop them from ever meeting each other – thus meaning he will never be born. With the help of the 1955 Doc Brown, he faces a race against time to get his parents back together and somehow make his way back to the future.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It’s a soundtrack of songs from the film, with a couple of sections of from Alan Silvestri’s score included as well.
So who’s on it? Anyone I might know?
It’s split between contemporary artists, including Huey Lewis And The News, Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham; and musicians from the 50s, including Etta James and Marty Berry and The Starlighters, the fiction band from the high school dance.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
The biggest hits were Huey Lewis And The News’ two contributions, ‘The Power Of Love’ and ‘Back In Time’, which are two classics or 80s pop-rock. Alan Silvestri’s main them is also pretty recognisable.
What’s the best moment?
Marty McFly accompanying Marty Berry and The Starlighters to perform ‘Johnny B Goode’, with Berry on the phone to his cousin Marvin.
Has it stood the test of time?
We’re as far away now from the film’s original release as Marty McFly was from the 50s, but the good natured attitude of the film and the clash of decades on the soundtrack still delight audiences today. You can pick it up here in our digital store.