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 Posted:   Jan 26, 2023 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Just because you didn't care for it, personally, didn't mean that it wasn't a big gateway for new fans, Oldsmith. Clearly, we have very different experiences and memories here. If time allows, I'll see if I can find some old thread goodies in the forum's past to highlight it. It's a weird thing to have to "prove" -- I was always under the assumption this was as evident as STAR WARS being a gateway for new film music fans back in the 70s.

Ah but my opinion of the score has nothing to do with whether or not it was the world wide mega success you say it was. I didn't like Horner's Titanic all that much but that was a massive popular hit (thanks to Celine Dion mostly). Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders...all were huge scores and/or themes that people who never listened to film scores talked about. The Rock? Not here. Not in the states. I can't imagine that I am well aware of how popular Star Wars, Jaws, Raiders, Close Encounters, Batman, Gladiator and Titanic were but I just simply forgot The Rock? It didn't even have a good CD release. Or a "more Music from The Rock" second volume that was common to do back then, interspersed with dialog snatches and more pop songs.

Message boards? Sorry, Thor, but those really are populated by film score and film enthusiasts, not average people. I absolutely will accept that outside the states the score may very well have been a huge popular hit. I cannot argue that at all.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2023 - 6:37 PM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Only speaking from my personal perspective on this, but The Rock was a touchstone score for me and my small collective of friends (in real life) who were burgeoning film score fans. I was about 10 years old when it came out. I had no idea what FSM was at that point of my life. I'm sure many will now bemoan that I was 10 years old and allowed to watch an R-rated Action movie (please save your puritanical opinions to yourself). Not only did we listen to the CD regularly, staging GI Joe battles to it mostly, but we would also hum parts of it amongst one another like a personal statement of our shared affection. And to this day we still do that together. Most users here forget that music is, more than not, personal. It is about our personal experience with it.

I'm totally on board with that. Every film score enthusiast has those scores that turned them onto film music. Mine was Logan's Run. But I don't say that LR's score was a huge worldwide smasheroo.

Any score is a candidate for getting someone into movie music. I'm sure more than one person happened across Fernando Velazquez's 70 Binladens and got inspired to look deeper.

 
 Posted:   Jan 26, 2023 - 8:17 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

The word "smasheroo" needs to be used more often.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 1:42 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Only speaking from my personal perspective on this, but The Rock was a touchstone score for me and my small collective of friends (in real life) who were burgeoning film score fans. I was about 10 years old when it came out. I had no idea what FSM was at that point of my life. I'm sure many will now bemoan that I was 10 years old and allowed to watch an R-rated Action movie (please save your puritanical opinions to yourself). Not only did we listen to the CD regularly, staging GI Joe battles to it mostly, but we would also hum parts of it amongst one another like a personal statement of our shared affection. And to this day we still do that together. Most users here forget that music is, more than not, personal. It is about our personal experience with it.

See, THAT's the kind of story I remember there being loads of back in the day. I was about 18-19 years old when the film came out, so a bit older than you and already a big soundtrack fan, but I remember being amazed by the power this score held in making people aware of film music, even those who had no prior connection to it. Either much younger than me (like yourself) or people my age.

 
 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 4:39 AM   
 By:   Randy Watson   (Member)

Only speaking from my personal perspective on this, but The Rock was a touchstone score for me and my small collective of friends (in real life) who were burgeoning film score fans. I was about 10 years old when it came out. I had no idea what FSM was at that point of my life. I'm sure many will now bemoan that I was 10 years old and allowed to watch an R-rated Action movie (please save your puritanical opinions to yourself). Not only did we listen to the CD regularly, staging GI Joe battles to it mostly, but we would also hum parts of it amongst one another like a personal statement of our shared affection. And to this day we still do that together. Most users here forget that music is, more than not, personal. It is about our personal experience with it.

I was 15 when I saw that film, had just gotten into film music, and thought The Rock was the most bad ass thing I heard at that time.

 
 Posted:   Jan 27, 2023 - 6:45 AM   
 By:   nuts_score   (Member)

I think it still is. It's a score I listen to every few months. Coming into 27 years of my life with that score. It still Rocks, pun intended.

 
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