Has the new Ghostbusters theme been recorded?

It’s been a long time since we dusted off the old blog page for a news item, but then, this is a bit more than the average Facebook or Twitter entry can handle. Here we go;

Does the new Ghostbusters film have a theme already recorded? Has a soundtrack composer been chosen?

Well, we know, or knew rather, two things – firstly, session guitarist extraordinaire (and Paul Feig favorite) Phil X tweeted in July that he was doing some recording for Ghostbusters. That didn’t tell us much, other than work had begun on the film’s music, at least to some degree. Around the same time, filming had begun on a Heavy Metal concert scene in the film, so it was conceivable that he was working on music for the fictional Beasts of Mayhem band.

Then music mixer and sound engineer Chris Fogel was listed as part of the production. Again, not indicative of much, other than he might be working on the film in general, or had specifically been involved in the same recording as Phil X, which still didn’t add up to any particular piece of music.

But now we have a third name – Henry Jackman has two tracks named “Ghostbusters” registered with ASCAP (Work ID: 370265053 ISWC: T9150249459 & Work ID: 372214390 ISWC: T0106641499). Jackman has an incredible CV of movie soundtracks, including Captain America: Winter Soldier, Big Hero 6, all the way back to the Elmer Bernstein-esque Monsters Versus Aliens. It would be something if he were doing the soundtrack to the new Ghostbusters film, but currently that would just be a guess. He’s also (as was pointed out to me by the very clever Ghostbusters HQ) currently working on Marvel’s Civil War, which comes out next year – not a lot of time to be doing two Summer blockbusters, though not impossible.

He also has a background in covers and remixes. A bit of a classical prodigy, he discovered, like most UK teens in the 80s, dance music. With two titles named Ghostbusters registered with the Music House (International) Ltd label, it seems a fair bet he’s working on something with a modern flair.

Music House is associated with EMI who in turn is owned by… Sony. So, it appears we have a new theme. But it also begs a lot of questions until we find out more; Are Phil X, Fogel, and Jackman working together or on different parts of the film? Perhaps Fogel is working with both separately. Is it even the final theme or something in the running, or perhaps just for promotional purposes? And what can we expect to hear – a cover/homage/remix of Ray Parker Jr.? Something new in a similar vein? A modern fusion cover?

No idea! But this just keeps getting more and more exciting!

Ghostbusters soundtrack used by military in psyche warfare?

Presented with the unusual situation of wanting to arrest Panamanian dictator, Manuel Noriega, but not being able to actually attack the consulate he was seeking refuge in (a Vatican consulate, no less), the US military turned to psychological warfare – in this case, blasting music at the compound so he could not sleep. It worked – he did give up.

Then, while listening to this week’s episode of The Caustic Soda Podcast – all about bizarre music stories – I found out that Cleaning Up The Town by The Bus Boys (from the Ghostbusters soundtrack), was on the approved playlist the military used.

As crazy and dark as this is, you have to admit – it’s not a song designed to let you sleep.

Gitmo’s Boombox: Does an official “Music Torture” song list actually exist? | Darren Garnick’s Culture Schlock.

The BCASA – Don’t Cross the Streams (we need more GB punk-alternative rock) NSFW

Stumbled into this one quite by accident. Kind of The Strokes-esque. Mixed with The Snitches (ah, The BCASA are from Montreal. That would explain it then.) I dig it at any rate. You can get it thru Amazon, iTunes, and Legal Sounds. There are some mofos in there, so don’t play this around the kids… or grandma.

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Vancouver hip-hop group shouts out to Bill Murray with new track

The Sweatshop Union, who tromp around the same streets I do, here in Vancouver, have released a new EP – The Bill Murray EP. The title track, as you may have guessed, Bill Murray, in which the group covers the life and times of Bill F’in Murray.

What struck me right away is that the video, in grim and gritty black and white, looks the part of New York, but is actually filmed here in Vancouver. The Murray Hotel is for reals! But wait, there’s more – while putting the video together, director Stuey Kubrick reached out to Ghostbusters fans, looking for a Proton Pack to borrow or rent. When it was discovered the Ghostbusters of British Columbia were in the same city, problem solved – and GBBC honcho Todd Whalen ended up appearing in the video; that Ghostbuster Bill is him!

Check out the video and you can buy the track through iTunes and BandCamp


This would be the second* musical love-letter to a GB cast member, with John Smith campaigning for replacing “MILF” with the classier and more referential “Dana Barrett“.

*or third, if you want to count my co-opting of Duck Sauce’s Barbra Streisand.

[Nods to GBMania and GBNews]