Copyright 2001 & USA Today

[ April 18th 2001 ]

USA Today reports on the upcoming Tomb Raider movie soundtrack, specifically the increasing number of artists queuing to maximise motion picture exposure.

Because so many recording artists turn to video games to alleviate studio cabin fever, Elektra had no problem luring cutting-edge stars to the soundtrack for Tomb Raider, the hotly anticipated live-action film based on the big-selling (24 million copies worldwide) game featuring cyber-heroine Lara Croft. Directed by Simon West (Con Air) and due June 15, Tomb stars Angelina Jolie, who also appears in U2's upcoming video for the soundtrack's fresh mix of Elevation. Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor, a longtime video-game addict, screened several scenes before writing and performing Deep, slated for a mid-May release as the second single.

Also recorded specifically for the soundtrack, out June 5, are the Chemical Brothers' Bounce, Groove Armada's Edge Hill, BT's The Revolution Will Be Televised, Outkast's Speed Ballin' and Basement Jaxx's Where's Your Head @. Fatboy Slim revamped Illuminata, featuring Bootsy Collins, and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott radically recast current Get Ur Freak On with Nelly Furtado. "We needed songs that worked thematically and captured the high-intensity vibe and darkness," says soundtrack producer John Kirkpatrick of Elektra.

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