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Nicolas Winding Refnd’s Drive is a brilliant neon-lit noir tale of a getaway driver. It is soundtracked to perfection by Cliff Martinez’s score and a host of neo-retro ’80s synthesizer electronica. Ryan Gosling’s character doesn’t say much throughout the film so a lot of the time, it’s left up to the music to say it for him. Here are some of my highlights from it:

‘A Real Hero’ bookends the emotional arc of the story, its driven (no pun intended) nostalgic synths adds style to an already considerably stylish film, while reinforcing the motives of the main character played by Gosling.
College feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero by College

I always thought this song would work wonderfully in a film and in Drive, it’s used as the soundtrack to the opening credits. It’s both light and dark. CSS’s Lovefoxxx offers the light while speaking about Gosling’s character (“There’s something inside you. It’s hard to explain.”) while Kavinsky’s vocodered vocals suggest a dark side.
Nightcall (feat. Lovefoxxx) by Kavinsky

The original ‘Tick Of The Clock’ from italo disco revivalists Chromatics’ has a running time of 15 minutes but it’s a mood piece that heightens the cinematic tension of the driving scenes.
Chromatics – Tick Of the Clock by Italians Do it Better

From the same label as Chromatics, Italians Do It Better comes this melodramatic obsession synth song by Desire.
Desire – Under Your Spell by Italians Do it Better

A distinctly dramatic operatic Italian composition from Riz Ortolani who is much loved by Tarantino:
Riz Ortolani – Oh My Love (feat. Katyna Ranieri) by Green Alex

You can get the soundtrack from iTunes.

An interview with Johnny Jewel of Chromatics and Desire about the soundtrack and how a lot of unused music will be released at a later date.

Drive Soundtrack Tracklisting

01.Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx – Nightcall
02. Desire – Under Your Spell
03. College feat. Electric Youth – A Real Hero
04. Riz Ortolani feat. Katyna Ranieri – Oh My Love
05. Chromatics – Tick Of The Clock
06. Cliff Martinez – Rubber Head
07. Cliff Martinez – I Drive
08. Cliff Martinez – He Had A Good Time
09.Cliff Martinez – They Broke His Pelvis
10. Cliff Martinez – Kick Your Teeth
11. Cliff Martinez – Where’s The Deluxe Version?
12. Cliff Martinez – See You In Four
13. Cliff Martinez – After The Chase
14. Cliff Martinez – Hammer
15. Cliff Martinez – Wrong Floor
16. Cliff Martinez – Skull Crushing
17. Cliff Martinez – My Name On A Car
18. Cliff Martinez – On The Beach
19. Cliff Martinez – Bride Of Deluxe


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11 Responses to “Listen to songs from the soundtrack to Drive”

  1. Exchangingpleasantries

    Gracias!

    While we’re on the subject of humans and synthy jams. http://wp.me/pPfcV-dY

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  2. Jimmymcnulty1

    real cutting edge post here.. bringing the “undiscovered” soundtrack of a hollywood film to everyone… but at least the music is actually good in this film unlike some of the other pantsy electronica that is promoted on this blog. Although on second thoughts the waveforms in some of the songs on the soundtrack to drive look a little too compressed, so after all i’m not sure about it. I actually suspected as much on listening .

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  3. Misk

    Wow. You’re the type of person who, instead of just changing the channel on the TV, insists on subjecting themselves to something they know they don’t like, gets annoyed about it and writes a letter about the annoying foreigners and teenagers on RTÉ / at the end of their road / bothering their 17 cats.

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  4. Bhoffmann

    and no mention of the fact that they used samples from Trent Reznor 7 Atticus Ross Social Network Soundtrack?

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    • Nialler9

      Can you confirm that? That interview says the temp soundtrack was from The Social Network but there’s none in the film as far as I’m aware.

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  5. bebrasha

    awesome. thanks for circumventing the man to get these tunes to my ears. i just watched the movie..woah. nice.

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