Sound

by daretobewild | created - 30 Jul 2011 | updated - 14 May 2019 | Public

1. Ennio Morricone

Composer | The Hateful Eight

A classmate of director Sergio Leone with whom he would form one of the great director/composer partnerships (right up there with Eisenstein & Prokofiev, Hitchcock & Herrmann, Fellini & Rota), Ennio Morricone studied at Rome's Santa Cecilia Conservatory, where he specialized in trumpet. His first ...

2. Hans Zimmer

Composer | Gladiator

German-born composer Hans Zimmer is recognized as one of Hollywood's most innovative musical talents. He featured in the music video for The Buggles' single "Video Killed the Radio Star", which became a worldwide hit and helped usher in a new era of global entertainment as the first music video to ...

3. Lou Reed

Soundtrack | V for Vendetta

He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental ...

4. John Williams

Composer | Star Wars

As one of the best known, awarded, and financially successful composers in US history, John Williams is as easy to recall as John Philip Sousa, Aaron Copland or Leonard Bernstein, illustrating why he is "America's composer" time and again. With a massive list of awards that includes over 41 Oscar ...

5. The Velvet Underground

Soundtrack | Men in Black 3

The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities (...

6. Klaus Badelt

Composer | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Composer Klaus Badelt started his musical career writing and producing music for dozens of highly successful movies and commercials in his native Germany. In 1998, Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer invited him to move his musical home to Media Ventures in Santa Monica, CA. Since then, Klaus has ...

7. Joy Division

Soundtrack | Donnie Darko

Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen Morris. Their debut album Unknown Pleasures was released in 1979. Curtis suffered from personal problems and ...

8. Olivier Messiaen

Soundtrack | The Revenant

Olivier Messiaen was born on December 10, 1908 in Avignon, Vaucluse, France as Olivier Eugène Prosper Charles Messiaen. He was married to Yvonne Loriod and Claire Delbos. He died on April 27, 1992 in Paris, France.

9. Armand Amar

Composer | Le concert

Armand Amar was born in 1953 in Jerusalem, Israel. He is a composer, known for The Concert (2009), Days of Glory (2006) and Amen. (2002).

10. Nick Cave

Soundtrack | The Proposition

Nick Cave is a man of many talents. Musician. Songwriter. Screenwriter. Novelist. Actor. The Australian was born in Warracknabeal, Victoria in 1957, and would go onto form the alternative rock band Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, who have since successfully released a string of hit albums.

In film, Nick ...

11. Philip Glass

Composer | The Illusionist

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Glass worked in his father's radio store and discovered music listening to the offbeat Western classical records customers didn't seem to want. He studied the violin and flute, and obtained early admission to the University of Chicago. After graduating in mathematics ...

12. Dead Can Dance

Soundtrack | The Mist

Dead Can Dance is a composer, known for The Mist (2007), Unfaithful (2002) and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010).

13. Iggy Pop

Soundtrack | Coffee and Cigarettes

Legendary Rock 'n' Roll wildman and substance abuser. Recorded a series of classic rock albums with The Stooges and later as a solo artist. Worked extensively with David Bowie.

14. Claude Debussy

Soundtrack | Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Claude Debussy was born in St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, France. His father was a salesman and kept a china shop. His mother was a seamstress. Some traumatizing events in his childhood caused him a depression and he never spoke about his early years. Later he could not compose without having his...

15. Johann Sebastian Bach

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Johann Sebastian Bach was born on March 21, 1685, in Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany, into a large and distinguished family of professional musicians. His father, named Johann Ambrosius Bach, was a violinist and trumpeter, employed by the city of Eisenach. His uncles were church organists, court ...

16. Patti Smith

Soundtrack | Noah

Patti Smith was born on December 30, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Patricia Lee Smith. She was previously married to Fred 'Sonic' Smith.

17. Igor Stravinsky

Soundtrack | Allied

Igor Stravinsky's father was a singer at the opera, and thus Stravinsky became a student of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov after a short stint as a law student. Very much influenced by Russian composers, only his sponsor Sergei Diaghilev in Paris was able to convince him to try new styles of ballet, e.g. ...

18. The Cure

Soundtrack | Ant-Man

Members have included Robert Smith, Perry Bamonte, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson, Boris Williams, Jason Cooper, Roger O'Donnell, Laurence Tolhurst, Andy Anderson, Phil Thornalley, Michael Dempsey, and Matthieu Hartley.

19. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Soundtrack | The Lobster

Members included leader Nick Cave.

20. Nina Hagen

Soundtrack | Beowulf

Has performed throughout the world for over forty years. Born March 11, 1955 in the former East Berlin, East Germany, to Hans and Eva-Maria Hagen. At the age of four began to study ballet and at an early age was considered to be an "opera prodigy". In 1979, appeared with Herman Brood, and Lene ...

21. Maria Callas

Soundtrack | Ghost in the Shell

This volatile opera diva was born Sophie Cecilia Kalos in New York City to Greek émigrés on December 2, 1923. Her father set up a pharmacy and changed the family name from Kalogeropoulos to Callas. As a child Maria studied the piano. When her parents separated (she was 14 at the time), her mother ...

22. Eugene Hutz

Actor | Everything Is Illuminated

Eugene Hutz was born on September 6, 1972 in Boyarka, Kiev Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Yevhen Hudz.

23. Diamanda Galás

Soundtrack | Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Raised in San Diego, California, Galás was born to Greek Orthodox parents, who always encouraged her gift for piano. Galás studied a wide range of musical forms, as well as visual-art performance, and then moved to to Europe where she made her performance debut at the Festival d'Avignon in France ...

24. Kraftwerk

Soundtrack | Control

Kraftwerk is a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered as innovators and pioneers of electronic music, they were among the first successful acts to popularize the genre. The group began as part of West Germany's experimental krautrock scene ...

25. Alice in Chains

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Alice in Chains is an American rock band from Seattle, Washington, formed in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums. Their debut album, Facelift, featuring the hit single "Man In The Box", was released ...

27. Depeche Mode

Soundtrack | Atomic Blonde

Depeche Mode is an English electronic band formed in Basildon, Essex in 1980. The group consists of founders David Gahan (lead vocals, co-songwriting), Martin Gore (keyboards, guitar, chief songwriting), and Andrew Fletcher (keyboards). Depeche Mode have had 50 songs in the UK Singles Chart and ...

28. Nico

Actress | Vergeef me

Nico is an actress, known for Forgive Me (2001).

29. PJ Harvey

Soundtrack | Strange Days

Polly Jean Harvey was born in England on October 9th 1969. The daughter of a quarryman father and an artist mother, Polly Jean, or PJ as she is more commonly known, was raised on a sheep farm in Yeovil, Somerset. She learned to play a number of instruments as a child (including guitar, saxophone, ...

30. The Breeders

Soundtrack | Her

Richard Presley Jr. is guitarist of the band from 2001-2003.

32. The Doors

Soundtrack | The Doors

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and John Densmore on drums. The band got its name, at Morrison's suggestion from the title of Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception. They were ...

33. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

34. Frank Zappa

Soundtrack | Baby Snakes

Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an ...

35. Jefferson Airplane

Soundtrack | Four Brothers

Jefferson Airplane, a rock band based in San Francisco, California, was one of the pioneering bands of psychedelic rock. Formed in 1965, the group defined the San Francisco Sound and was the first from the Bay Area to achieve international commercial success. They were headliners at the three most ...

36. Nina Simone

Soundtrack | Repo Men

Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, USA as Eunice Kathleen Waymon. She was married to Andrew Stroud and Donald Ross. She died on April 21, 2003 in Carry-le-Rouet, Bouches-du-Rhône, France.

37. Ella Fitzgerald

Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...

On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...

38. Billie Holiday

Soundtrack | Minority Report

Billie Holiday was a true artist of her day and rose as a social phenomenon in the 1950s. Her soulful, unique singing voice and her ability to boldly turn any material that she confronted into her own music made her a superstar of her time. Today, Holiday is remembered for her masterpieces, ...

39. Guns N' Roses

Soundtrack | Body of Lies

Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1985. The lineup, when first signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Guns N' Roses has ...

40. Nirvana

Soundtrack | Shoot 'Em Up

Nirvana was an American rock band formed by lead singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Despite releasing only three ...

41. AC/DC

Soundtrack | Iron Man

AC/DC is a legendary rock band from Australia, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States ...

42. Creedence Clearwater Revival

Soundtrack | Battleship

Members have included John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, Doug Clifford

43. Elliott Smith

Soundtrack | Good Will Hunting

Elliott Smith was born on August 6, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Steven Paul Smith. He died on October 21, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

44. Syd Barrett

Soundtrack | Doctor Strange

Syd Barrett was born on January 6, 1946 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Roger Keith Barrett. He died on July 7, 2006 in Cambridge.

45. Rowland S. Howard

Soundtrack | Gegen die Wand

Rowland S. Howard was born on October 24, 1959 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He died on December 30, 2009 in Heidelberg, Victoria.

47. António Variações

Music_department | Variações

António Variações was born on December 3, 1944 in Lugar de Pilar, Amares, Portugal as António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro. He died on June 13, 1984 in Lisbon, Portugal.

48. Paulo Bragança

Actor | Tráfico

Paulo Bragança is an actor, known for Tráfico (1998), Henry & Sunny (2009) and Grande Noite (1990).

49. Cazuza

Soundtrack | Closer

Cazuza was born on April 4, 1958 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Agenor de Miranda Araújo Neto. He died on July 9, 1990 in Rio de Janeiro.

50. Hole

Soundtrack | Tank Girl

Former bassist Kristen Pfaff brought the lines "I made my bed I'll lie in it, I made my bed I'll cry in it, I made my bed I'll lie in it, I made my bed I'll die in it " for "Live Through This" song "Miss World" from her song "Limited Edition", of her previous band, Janitor Joe ("You made this bed ...

52. Fiona Apple

Soundtrack | Pleasantville

Daughter of former singer Diane McAfee and actor Brandon Maggart. She was classically trained as a pianist as a child and began composing songs when she was eight years old. She crafted a demo tape while in Los Angeles finishing High School. When she returned home to New York for Christmas one of ...

53. Babes In Toyland

Soundtrack | All Over Me

Members have included Kat Bjelland (lead vocals and guitar 1987-2001, 2014-present), Lori Barbero (drums and vocals 1987-2001, 2014-present), Maureen Herman (bass and vocals 1991-1996, 2014-present), Michelle Leon (bass 1987-1991, 1997), Jessie Farmer (bass 1997-2001), Dana Cochrane (bass 1996-1997...

54. Le Tigre

Soundtrack | Prime

Le Tigre is a post-punk band formed in New York City, United States, in 1998. Its line-up consisted by former Bikini Kill singer and frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, Johanna Fateman and Sadie Benning. In 2000, Benning left the band and Jocelyn Samson (best known as JD Samson) fulfills her position.

Le ...

56. Black Sabbath

Soundtrack | Iron Man

Black Sabbath were an English rock band, formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, drummer Bill Ward and singer Ozzy Osbourne. Black Sabbath are often cited as pioneers of heavy metal music. The band helped define the genre ...

57. Pixies

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

(As of 2017) American alternative rock band composed of Frank Black (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Paz Lenchantin (bass, vocals) and David Lovering (drums).

58. Frank Black

Soundtrack | Unbreakable

Frank Black was born on April 6, 1965 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Charles Michael Kitridge Thompson IV. He has been married to Violet Clark since 2003. They have two children. He was previously married to Jean Black.

59. Suzanne Vega

Soundtrack | Closer

Suzanne Vega was born on July 11, 1959 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Suzanne Nadine Vega. She has been married to Paul Mills since February 11, 2006. She was previously married to Mitchell Froom.

62. Bif Naked

Soundtrack | The Boys Club

Bif Naked was born on June 15, 1971 in New Delhi, India as Beth Torbert.

63. Brigitte Fontaine

Soundtrack | Kiss of the Damned

Brigitte Fontaine was born on June 24, 1939 in Morlaix, Finistère, France. She is an actress, known for Kiss of the Damned (2012), Mords-les (2020) and The Surrounded (1967).

64. Catherine Ribeiro

Actress | Les carabiniers

Catherine Ribeiro was born on September 22, 1941 in Lyon, France. She is known for her work on Les Carabiniers (1963), We Are All Naked (1966) and Happening (1968).

65. Fela Kuti

Soundtrack | Run Fatboy Run

Fela Kuti was born on October 15, 1938 in Abeokuta, Nigeria as Olufela Olusegum Oludotun Ransome-Kuti. He died on August 2, 1997 in Lagos, Nigeria.

67. Roisin Murphy

Soundtrack | Batman & Robin

Roisin Murphy was born on July 5, 1973 in Arklow, County Wicklow, Ireland.

69. Front 242

Soundtrack | Single White Female

Front 242 is a Belgian electronic music group that came into prominence during the 1980s. Pioneering the style they called electronic body music, they were a profound influence on the electronic and industrial music genres. In 1997, Billboard Encyclopaedia featured Front 242 in their "Top 500 Best ...

71. Lydia Lunch

Actress | Flood Stains

Born in Rochester, NY as Lydia Anne Koch, Lunch is best known - not as an actress - but as an American singer, poet, and writer. A founding member of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Lunch remains heavily identified with New York's no wave scene. Given the name "Lydia Lunch" by Willy DeVille, because ...

72. Röyksopp

Soundtrack | Medium

Norwegian group founded by Svein Berge and Torbjörn Brundtland, originally as Aadena Cycle.

73. The Jesus Lizard

Soundtrack | Clerks

The Jesus Lizard is an American rock band formed in 1987 in Austin, Texas and based in Chicago, Illinois. Despite releasing a split single with leading alt-rockers Nirvana and signing to Capitol Records, the band failed to find commercial success amid the alternative rock explosion of the 1990s and...

74. Sleater-Kinney

Soundtrack | The Horse Whisperer

Sleater-Kinney is a rock band formed in 1994 in Olympia, Washington. Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker play guitar and do vocals. Janet Weiss plays drums. The band has released 8 studio albums -- Sleater-Kinney (1995), Call the Doctor (1996), Dig Me Out (1997), The Hot Rock (1999), All Hands on ...

75. Kristin Hersh

Soundtrack | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Kristin Hersh was born on August 7, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Martha Kristin Hersh. She is married to Billy O'Connell. They have three children.

77. Marianne Faithfull

Actress | Marie Antoinette

Daughter of Eva, the Baroness Erisso, and Major Glynn Faithfull, a WWII British spy. Recorded the first song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "As Tears Go By" (1964). Involved in a major drug scandal with Jagger, Richards and others, which ultimately turned public opinion favorably ...

78. Jeff Buckley

Soundtrack | Vanilla Sky

Jeff Buckley was born on November 17, 1966 in Anaheim, California, USA as Jeffrey Scott Buckley. He died on May 29, 1997 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.

79. Rozz Williams

Composer | Pig

Rozz Williams was born on November 6, 1963 in Pomona, California, USA as Roger Alan Painter. He was married to Eva O. He died on April 1, 1998 in West Hollywood, California.

81. Hurts

Soundtrack | Kokowääh

Hailing from Manchester, Hurts are a synthesizer-based duo featuring vocalist Theo Hutchcraft and keyboardist/guitarist Adam Anderson. Known for their arty and striking self-produced videos, Hurts make epic, dramatic pop music that takes inspiration from a finely curated mix of influences including...

82. Boyd Rice

Soundtrack | Pearls Before Swine

Staff writer for Modern Drunkard Magazine.

83. Bauhaus

Soundtrack | The Butterfly Effect

Bauhaus were an English goth rock band, formed in Northampton, England in 1978. The group consisted of Daniel Ash (guitar, saxophone), Peter Murphy (vocals, occasional instruments), Kevin Haskins (drums) and David J (bass). The band was originally named Bauhaus 1919 in reference to the first ...

85. Brian Eno

Soundtrack | The Lovely Bones

Regarded as one of the best producers and musicians in rock history, Eno started his career in 1971 with Roxy Music. The band released two albums, "Roxy Music" and "For Your Pleasure", with the two Brians in the lineup (the other one was, of course, lead singer Bryan Ferry); a conflict between the ...

86. The Clash

Soundtrack | RoboCop

The Clash were an English rock band formed in London in 1976 as a key player in the original wave of British punk rock. The Clash achieved commercial success in the United Kingdom with the release of their self-titled debut album, The Clash, in 1977. Their third album, London Calling, released in ...

87. The Smiths

Soundtrack | (500) Days of Summer

The Smiths frequently issued songs as singles only. Consequently, they are one of the rare artists with more compilation albums than studio albums. Many of these compilations were released after the band had split.

88. Morrissey

Soundtrack | Shaun of the Dead

Steven Patrick Morrissey was born in Davyhulme, Manchester, England, UK. At a very early age, he took an interest in writing. His top priority was poetry, though he would have his biography on James Dean, "James Dean Is Not Dead", published by his early 20s. His literary influences ranged from ...

89. Dead Kennedys

Soundtrack | The Social Network

Dead Kennedys are an American punk rock band that formed in San Francisco, California, in 1978. The band was one of the first American hardcore bands to make a significant impact in the United Kingdom. Dead Kennedys' lyrics were usually political in nature, satirizing establishment political ...

90. Sigur Rós

Soundtrack | Vanilla Sky

Winner of the 2007 Q Innovation in Sound Award.

91. Unkle

Soundtrack | The Beach

92. Rowland S. Howard

Soundtrack | Gegen die Wand

Rowland S. Howard was born on October 24, 1959 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He died on December 30, 2009 in Heidelberg, Victoria.



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