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 Posted:   Nov 25, 2013 - 5:08 PM   
 By:   Senn555   (Member)

INTRADA Announces:



SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER
Music Composed and Conducted by BRUCE BROUGHTON
INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 258


The 1993 Columbia film So I Married an Axe Murderer is a comedy with an axe murderer on the loose. It is a romance with suspense. It is riddled with jokes, visual gags and plenty of fun. And it required almost wall-to-wall music, via numerous songs and source music, literally from start to finish. Composer Bruce Broughton had the task of filling in the gaps, tying up loose ends, bridging the jokes and keeping a brisk pace. He also had the additional challenge of making the action-packed finale as exciting as possible. He wrote a score that was initially tuneful and flavored with humor, then ushered in suspense and climaxed with over-the-top action. He skillfully kept everything cohesive by fashioning a winding, flexible melodic idea with hints of mischief and danger that could be used in guises from hip to suspenseful, from gentle to exciting. It was just the unifying musical approach the picture needed.

For this premiere presentation of Bruce Broughton’s score, Intrada had access to the complete digital two-track stereo session DATs made by Armin Steiner, Broughton’s frequent scoring mixer, allowing for not only a presentation of his score as heard in the film but also the alternate versions of cues as well as the unused sequences that were replaced by material from other artists. The results are an album full of easy-to-digest tunes, smoky suspense cues, original source numbers and, ultimately, some genuine orchestral fireworks.

So I Married An Axe Murderer stars Mike Myers as a poet who is unlucky in love. And when it comes to butcher Harriet Michaels (Nancy Travis)—whom he falls in love, plans to wed and then suspects is the notorious Mrs. Axe, on the lam for whacking off her last three husbands—he's really unlucky.


INTRADA Special Collection Vol. 258
Retail Price: $19.99
Available Now
For track listing and sound samples, please visit
http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.8316/.f

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 5:08 AM   
 By:   tarasis   (Member)

Cheers. I do like Broughton so will pick this up for sure. Just not yet.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 11:44 AM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

This isn't a favourite, most wanted unreleased Broughton for me, but it does have a lovely track/theme early on (the bit in the film where Myers is romancing the girl at night).
Hopefully, some of the unused stuff will be cool too!
Overall though, I remember it being a bit too broad/manic/comedy OTT for my personal tastes.
But Broughton is too good a composer to not have a score that would be anything but interesting to me. I'm looking forward to having my mind changed.
Thanks Intrada.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 26, 2013 - 12:42 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

One of my favorite comedies (and easily one of Mike Meyers' best films), and I've always enjoyed the score. Especially the action-suspense material at the end.

Curious what the "Main Title" is, though, because in the film a song plays over the opening credits. Maybe it's a piece Broughton originally composed that was replaced by the song.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2013 - 9:49 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

One of my favorite comedies (and easily one of Mike Meyers' best films), and I've always enjoyed the score. Especially the action-suspense material at the end.

Curious what the "Main Title" is, though, because in the film a song plays over the opening credits. Maybe it's a piece Broughton originally composed that was replaced by the song.


Well, it starts like it sounds something like Andrew Lloyd Webber could have composed.

 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2013 - 10:53 AM   
 By:   Joe Sikoryak   (Member)

One of my favorite comedies (and easily one of Mike Meyers' best films), and I've always enjoyed the score. Especially the action-suspense material at the end.

Curious what the "Main Title" is, though, because in the film a song plays over the opening credits. Maybe it's a piece Broughton originally composed that was replaced by the song.


Well, it starts like it sounds something like Andrew Lloyd Webber could have composed.


The score is a much more enjoyable experience apart from the film, where the axe was definitely at play behind the scenes. Bruce describes his (mostly positive) experience on the film in the booklet.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2013 - 11:41 AM   
 By:   CindyLover   (Member)

The score is a much more enjoyable experience apart from the film, where the axe was definitely at play behind the scenes.

A Mike Myers live-action movie with trouble behind the scenes? Colour me surprised. Not.

 
 
 Posted:   Nov 27, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Tobias   (Member)

A Mike Myers live-action movie with trouble behind the scenes? Colour me surprised. Not.

LMAO. A reply that certainly made my day, thanks. LOL.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 21, 2013 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

This is waaaay better than I expected it to be.
It's also one of Broughton's most eclectic scores, as he tries to cover all the various styles on offer in the film.
There's a light hearted touch to the comedy scenes, some lovely, low-key, quite spare romantic scoring, a bit of jazz and pop and towards the end, some dynamic thriller/action scoring that recalls his work on Monster Squad.
Not all of it works and the temp songs can be heard being aped at times, but it's a fascinating listen into the trials and tribulations of a talented composer trying to fix a troubled Hollywood production and some of it is really great. (Russian Stroll is the track which, when I first saw the film, had me grinning at it's sheer Broughton-ness. It was already available on his promo CD, but it's nice to hear it within the body of the score).
If you like your scores a bit broad, comedic and varied, you should try this one out, it's pretty cool.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Turbo   (Member)

This score was actually one of my grails. I really have enjoyed it. It's true the cues that were written to sound like the source music are a very interesting take.

I agree that the Russian Stroll won me over from when I originally saw the film. Some other favorites are Forever Wet, The Bath and She's Guilty. Honestly, I love the entire score but those were nice to hear in such great quality.

I actually ripped the Mike Meyer's versions of the "Woman, Woman, Woman" poems and included them in the set to have a complete film version, but it's also nice to hear just Broughton's cues alone. I have revisited this several times since getting it and it always brings a smile to my face.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 2:09 PM   
 By:   Kev McGann   (Member)

I remember when I first saw the film (in a cinema), the bit when we first meet Myers' Scottish parents actually hurt my stomach, cos I was laughing so hard.
The constant abuse of the wee lad with the huge heed (head) nearly gave me cardiac arrest. One of the funniest sequences I've experienced in a cinema (the burglars attacking the house in Home Alone is another memorable 'ohhh, my stomach hurts' moment for me at the flicks).
The Myers poetry bits are also funny/entertaining and that Broughton Russian Stroll is the 'lovely' hightlight of the CD.
Your thoughts sound very similar to mine, Turbo, about this film and it's music smile

 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 7:15 PM   
 By:   JoshOz   (Member)

Kev,
Have to agree about the scene you mentioned. Whenever I watch the movie I laugh at that scene the most. I like when the father (Mike Myers) says, "he'll be crying himself to sleep tonight on his huge pillow". Completes the scene nicely. As for the score - I was in two minds about buying it. I do like Broughton but seeing as a lot of scenes were accompanied by pop songs I thought the score might not be worth the purchase. Well, I was wrong. Glad I bought it. It's a shame the score got replaced in certain scenes, but I think the songs worked well. It really is refreshing to see scores like this getting a release. Thanks Intrada.

Happy listening over Christmas!

 
 Posted:   Dec 22, 2013 - 8:23 PM   
 By:   DeviantMan   (Member)

For me this was an easy must have...
As I've had the song CD for 2 decades now.
Wow!!
1993 was 20 years ago.
It was worth the wait to be sure...

I feel old now.

 
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