Song of the Day: East Hastings (by Godspeed You! Black Emperor)

We’re now halfway through the week-long horror-themed “Song of the Day” feature and the first three days has been all Italian composers. Two of them were known for working in the grindhouse film scene while the other has been more well-renowned for having worked in spaghetti westerns and more mainstream, albeit very artful, film projects. The fourth selection in this fourth day of the series is the epic song “East Hastings” by the Montreal-based eclectic band Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

“East Hastings” was chosen because of not just its apocalyptic sound and tone, but also how it was used in an excellent way to highlight the desolation in Danny Boyle’s “zombie-faux” film, 28 Days Later.

The song begins after a brief prologue and shows Cilliam Murphy’s character walk the deserted and silent streets of London after waking up from a coma. His lost and dazed travel through the empty streets and by-ways of England’s capital was quite haunting and the song by GY!BE just added to the tension building up on the screen. If there ever was a song that typified the British viewpoint about how the world ends it would be “East Hastings”.

With the length of the track just under 18 minutes I’ve posted the YouTube postings which have been divided into two.

10 Best Film Scores/Soundtracks of the Past Decade

Listed below in no particular order of importance are the film soundtracks I consider as being the best of the 2000’s. All of these soundtracks have the distinction of not just great pieces of music in their own right, but also adding another layer to the film they’re scoring. Most are orchestral soundtracks with a couple a mixture of both orchestral work and licensed songs. For franchises which contain repeating music cues and motifs I’ve decided to combine as one entry.

I’ve added a video link of a favorite track from each soundtrack.

1. O, Brother Where Art Thou?

2. Almost Famous

3. Gladiator

4. Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2

5. Requiem for a Dream

6. 28 Days Later

7. Pan’s Labyrinth

8. Batman Begins/The Dark Knight

9. The Fountain

10. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy