Kung Fury [OST]
Universal Music AB
The 30-minute parody/tribute-film Kung Fury was big, dumb, silly fun. I liked it. But a big part of its success for me, and perhaps this is just me, was the film’s soundtrack. As over the top as the film is, it’s held down (in a relative sense) by a po-faced score. As a soundtrack album there are some nearly comic elements – the David Hasselhoff title song/80s throwback True Survivor might play for laughs but the Jorgen Elofsson/Johan Bengtsson composed score meets all the right moments as it hums along in John Carpenter/Giorgio Moroder territory.
There are synth workouts galore, and as the short clips of drum-machine powered cues (Face Puncher) roll along and remind of any Karate Kid/They Live moments there are also the longer “song”-styled cues (The Final Stretch) which so proudly evoke the 80s VHS era of cartoons and live-action kung-fu/horror/sci-fi vibes. Moroder again. Carpenter again and again. Also Vince DiCola is clearly a touchstone.
I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the blatant silliness of Kung Fury half as much without this score. And have found it to be a thoroughly worthwhile listening experience as a stand-alone album; Careful Shouting’s Blade Runner-meets-Careless Whispers waft, Enter The Fury’s Tron-like pulse, Phoenix Rising’s slight nod to Starman…all of it magical really. Daft? Absolutely. But not played for laughs as such, played straight, sincere. And so totally in my wheelhouse.