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Bad Boys
(1995)
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Co-Composed and Produced by:

Co-Composed and Conducted by:
Nick Glennie-Smith

Orchestrated by:
Bruce Fowler
Yvonne Moriarty
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
La-La Land Records
(September 17th, 2007)
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Specialty release limited to 3,000 copies at an initial $20 price, though available through the label two years later for $10. Some resellers at major outlets attempted to get $50 or more for the album during this time.
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Buy it... if you appreciated the driving energy of Mark Mancina's score for Speed and seek a natural, more orchestral evolution of that sound (along with some genuinely spirited reggae personality for the two leads).

Avoid it... if you detest what filmmakers Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay have done to the intellectual expectations of blockbuster film music, in which case Bad Boys serves as a frustrating marker of origin for that sound.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,649
WRITTEN 12/28/09
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Bad Boys: (Mark Mancina/Nick Glennie-Smith) And so, the blockbuster of the late 1990's and 2000's was born. The Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay phenomenon's origins date back to 1995's Bad Boys, a production low on cash that compensated for its shortcomings in budget and script by relying upon all the same MTV-Bay techniques that eventually became voluntary. Without any worthwhile story whatsoever, Bad Boys required flashy shooting angles and rapid cuts, as well as comedic banter between its two stars, and these necessities eventually became the standard of excellence for a series of Bruckheimer and Bay films to follow (all of which gaining only marginal critical acceptance but, more importantly, grossing enough from dumb audiences to keep such films in the pipeline). Much of Bad Boys owes to previous buddy cop films, Lethal Weapon primarily, and it started as strictly a Disney comedy. Upon moving to Sony, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence were plucked from their sitcoms, along with fellow small screen favorite Tea Leoni, and Bad Boys suddenly became not only ethnically diverse, but also a bigger action extravaganza. Unfortunately, despite all of Bay's clever techniques (and Leoni's outfits), Bad Boys had too many slow scenes and thus allowed audiences too many interludes during which to engage the logical parts of their brains. A sequel in 2003 (featuring most of the original players) eventually teased some more grosses out of the concept, though. Eventually stepping away from the sequel for artistic reasons was composer Mark Mancina, for whom Bad Boys was his second summer blockbuster in two years. It's undoubtedly ironic that Mancina contributed so much to the invention of the "Bruckheimer musical sound" (aided by his mentor, Hans Zimmer) and yet grew so tired of the generic nature of that sound that he ultimately wouldn't continue to reduce it for Bad Boys II. His hiring for the 1995 film resulted from Bruckheimer's noticing of Mancina's Speed from the previous year, a score that was tracked significantly into Bad Boys. Despite Bay's desire for a continuation of that sound (going with Trevor Rabin for the sequel), Mancina, with the help of Nick Glennie-Smith, was determined to give Bad Boys its own personality. The resulting reggae influence on the work does distinguish it from Con Air and the plethora of similar imitators that followed. Unfortunately, Bad Boys is still likely so rooted in the comfort zone of the Media Ventures convention that only collectors of that style of late 90's bombast will appreciate it out of context.



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141 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.86 Stars
***** 22 5 Stars
**** 28 4 Stars
*** 32 3 Stars
** 27 2 Stars
* 32 1 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 70:18
• 1. Prologue - The Car Jacking (4:34)
• 2. Bad Boys - Main Title*/Heist (6:09)
• 3. Funky Brothers to PD (0:36)
• 4. Air Conditioning Inspection* (1:10)
• 5. Jojo, What You Know? (0:41)
• 6. Dead Guy (4:57)
• 7. He's the Person I'd Call* (0:54)
• 8. Killing Max (4:18)
• 9. The Boys Find Max (2:31)
• 10. Into Lois' Apartment (0:52)
• 11. Escape From Julie's (2:49)
• 12. You're Going to Leave Me Alone? (0:52)
• 13. Don't Honey Me Baby! (1:04)
• 14. My Bologna Has a First Name?* (4:04)
• 15. Julie's Got a Gun (0:55)
• 16. Escape From Club Hell*/Ether Chase* (4:35)
• 17. We Don't Want to Lose You (0:41)
• 18. I Mean Like Funny (2:02)
• 19. Interrogation (0:42)
• 20. Stake Out (0:56)
• 21. Tailing Lab Tech/Blown Cover (1:38)
• 22. Busted* (0:54)
• 23. Footchase (4:25)
• 24. Pouchet Calling* (0:34)
• 25. Hanger Shootout* (9:16)
• 26. Cobra Chase/Pouchet's Death (4:44)

Bonus Track:
• 27. Bad Boys: Main Title (Edited Film Version) (3:37)
* co-composed by Mark Mancina and Nick-Glennie Smith

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes extensive notes about the score and film. Interestingly, it contains no photos of the film's two lead stars, possibly due to a licensing quirk.
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Upon witnessing Tea Leoni in a mini-skirt throughout this film, David Duchovny's sex addiction makes a bit more sense.
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