Album of the Day
Full Metal Jacket
Stanley Kubrick movies are noted for their brilliant visuals, but their soundtracks are equally distinctive; case in point: FULL METAL JACKET. For the harrowing tale of fresh recruits transformed into killing machines during the Vietnam war, the legendary director combed through the Billboard singles charts of the mid-1960s to come up with such period classics as “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'” and “Surfin' Bird.” Along with a terrific version of “The Marines Hymn,” the film features dark and atmospheric music scored on the Fairlight CMI synthesizer by “Abigail Mead” - a pseudonym for Kubrick's daughter Vivian. The 1987 film brilliantly juxtaposes the horror and absurdity of war, and the FULL METAL JACKET ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK shows both of those sides to striking effect.