The Stars At Dawn – Hans Zimmer

“Amid the chaos of that day, when all I could hear was the thunder of gunshots, and all I could smell was the violence in the air, I look back and am amazed that my thoughts were so clear and true, that three words went through my mind endlessly, repeating themselves like a broken record: you’re so cool, you’re so cool, you’re so cool.”

From the Quentin Tarantino penned and Tony Scott directed lightning rod of a movie that is True Romance comes this piece of 80’s inflected action movie music. The entire track is over in 2 minutes, all LA guitars and clattering drums. It lures you in with the famous True Romance condor bones at the start. Played mournful and slow before ripping off into basically a mid 80’s sunset strip guitar solo looking for a song to attach itself to.

“Well, he ain’t so much a good guy as he is just a bad mother fucker”

The main theme from True Romance has been ripped off an re-appropriated countless times since the films initial release. Hans Zimmer has gone on to much bigger, bolder and more critically acclaimed work on tent pole movies that have spanned the last 2-3 decades. I love this little two minute thrash through hairspray and fake tan almost as much as I love that movie.

“And sometimes Clarence asks me what I would have done if he had died, if that bullet had been two inches more to the left. To this, I always smile, as if I’m not going to satisfy him with a response. But I always do. I tell him of how I would want to die, but that the anguish and the want of death would fade like the stars at dawn, and that things would be much as they are now. Perhaps. Except maybe I wouldn’t have named our son Elvis.”

2 thoughts on “The Stars At Dawn – Hans Zimmer

  1. Such an amazing movie, and often overlooked by people who don’t know that Quentin wrote it. This measures up to Reservoir and Pulp well. I need to watch it again. In fact, it’s one of a few movies that I always feel as if I need to watch again. This Zimmer piece has such a Miami Vice vibe to it for me, and that’s only fitting. Thanks for putting these pleasant thoughts in my head.

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