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Soundtrack review: Kung Fury (various artists – 2015)

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I didn’t know who David Sandberg was but I he is the coolest guy ever. I am sure we grew up in the same period because he just revived the childhood of my entire generation. All of us who grew up in the 80s and fed on the martial arts and police action films of the period have just gotten the greatest and most ridiculous gift ever: the 31 minutes long “Kung Fury”, the most wonderful homage to our earliest years. Yes it is the most ludicrous movie ever but it’s also the best movie ever because of that. I watched it and laughed and jumped for joy and then watched it again and remembered and dreamed and sent a nod to the childhood me to tell him that there will once come a hero who will come back in time and send him a message from me. Or something. Anyway, keep watching!

The visual part of the 80s was just half of the excitement and awesomeness. The other half was the sound. That precious, divine and magical synth sound is still my favorite and every time a score brings a glimpse of it I travel back in time and have a hard time returning to the present. Naturally David Sandberg channeled legends of 80s synth like Mitch Murder and Lost Years to make the “Kung Fury” experience even more unforgettable. This is THE SOUND. This is part of me, it’s in my blood and my skin and as precious to me as any of my favorite childhood memories. I close my eyes and see all the silver screen heroes that made me dream and get motivated and put posters on the wall.

And to make this even more ridiculous, we have the big man David Hasselhoff himself, the master of self-parody, the genius who manages to keep his cult legend alive, performing “True survivor”, the vocal theme of the movie. Have you ever heard anything as awesome as this? You didn’t, I tell you. Asian musical inserts and all included. I rarely include vocal songs in my reviews but how could I exclude this homage to every single 1980 power theme? Stan Bush, Journey, everyone gather around and rejoice. I could list here everything the score for “King Fury” reminds me of but the list would never end. Anyway I would just list every 1980s movie and score ever. Can I listen to this score forever and not listen to anything else? I don’t need anything else, there’s so much joy and nostalgia and fun in this score that it should play in the background of everything I do.

When it comes to the precious nostalgia of childhood memories I usually carefully take out small doses and enjoy them so the feeling would last. This score took me in that attic, locked the door and then took an axe to my treasure chest of childhood memories. It burst it right open and now the high of this overdose is making me forget about anything else. See you later!

Oh, yeah, in case it wasn’t clear, this is the best score of the year. I will amend this comment if I ever press the pause button of course, but let me have this moment. If I had to choose my favorite cue it would be “Enter the fury”. “Phoenix Rising” would make Vince DiCola proud and could very well sit on the Rocky IV score. If you grew up on martial arts and action movies and even computer games in the 1980s, you will never take this score of your phone, iPod, station, car or whatever device you are using. You will go to bed on in and wake up on it and dress in it and go to work on it and eat from it. It’s got jazzy melancholy and metallic action and moody inserts and all the range of over the top feelings and sounds that made that period so magical.

Cue rating: 100 / 100

Total minutes of excellence: 46 / 46

Album excellence: 100%

Highlights:

Kung Fury

True Survivor

West Side Lane

Redlining 6th

Face Puncher

The Final Stretch

Careful Shouting

Enter The Fury

Power Move

Phoenix Rising

From The Future

Barbarianna

Nuclear

About the author

Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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