Aren’t you excited for the big cultural film event happening in New York City from April 30 to May 6? Of course, I’m talking about “Spider-Man Week in NYC.” The city will play host to a bunch of crazy Spidey-related events around town in honor of the national release for Spider-Man 3. And, while there is plenty of marketing juice going into this ten-ton event (Spidey rap battles at the Apollo? I wish I was joking), it just warms us up for the overall marketing blitz that is Spider-Man 3 centric. So, while the indie-minded film fan out there is bemoaning the avalanche of sponsored promo events, remember the music.
The soundtrack for Spider-Man 3, actually might not suck. Now, perhaps it’s just the latest notch in my whole “Wal-Martization of indie rock” rant, but it’s still a fairly brave collection of new songs tapped for the release. The 15-track disc will feature brand-new tunes from Snow Patrol, The Walkmen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rogue Wave, Black Mountain, Flaming Lips, Wolfmother, and more. Not bad for a film series that has brought us such abominable songs as “Vindicated” by Dashboard Confessional (from Spider-Man 2) and “Hero” by Chad Kroeger and Josey Scott (from the first film).
But, the cynic in me realizes that each soundtrack has had a “genre theme” to better sell records and identify the film with what’s currently popular for young music fans. In the case of the first soundtrack (released in 2002), it was nu-metal acts like Default, Injected, Alien Ant Farm, Corey Taylor, and Sum 41. For the second soundtrack (released in 2004), it was emocore/pop-punk acts like Midtown, The Ataris, Yellowcard, and Taking Back Sunday. So, while Spider-Man 3 may have a really great selection of indie-minded bands for its soundtrack, don’t think it’s not still an attempt to be popular.
Visit the soundtrack’s MySpace page to hear snippets from the Walkmen and Snow Patrol songs, as well as the full-length version of the new Yeah Yeah Yeahs tune, which is actually really great.