hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks of All Time: Blade
The film adaptation of Marvel Comic’s vampire hunter Blade.
So what’s the film about?
Wesley Snipes stars as the titular Blade, the ‘Daywalker’ who is half-man, half vampire after his mother was bitten while pregnant with him. Which means he has all the supernatural powers of a vampire, but still able to take pleasant walks in the sunshine. Now, with the help of his mentor Whistler (Kris Kristofferson), he seeks to rid the planet of them, hunting down the suckers one by one.
The Blade film sees him attempting to take down the vampire lord Deacon Frost (Stephen Dorff), who plans to enslave humanity by awakening La Magraan, an ancient monster from vampire lore. But in order for the ritual to work, he needs the blood of the Daywalker…
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It’s a soundtrack.
So who’s on it? Anyone I might know?
It brings together various then-contemporary rappers and dance artists from the late 90s. On the hip-hop side, we have the likes of Mystikal, Gang Starr, M.O.P. and Mobb Deep, with the dance music being represented by Roger Sanchez, DJ Krush and Junkie XL.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
Roger Sanchez and Soulson’s ‘Wrek Tha Discotek’ was released as a single and was a hit on the Billboard Dance chart. Elsewhere, there’s some good hardcore hip-hop on here, including ‘1 2 & 1 2’ by Gang Starr and M.O.P, ‘Blade’ by KRS One and ‘Deadly Zone’ teaming Mobb Deep with dancehall artist Bounty Killer
What’s the best moment?
Pump Panel’s pounding remix of New Order’s ‘Confusion’, which is blaring in the vampire club during the opening scenes. It’s perfect throbbing music for the techno-goth vibe – especially when it starts raining blood on the dance floor from the sprinklers!
Has it stood the test of time?
Some of the tracks on here are a bit forgettable, to be honest, but it’s a fun enough listen. Plus, it’s always handy to have something ready if you ever end up at a vampire rave…