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Comments about the soundtrack for Conan the Barbarian (Tyler Bates/Various)

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• Posted by: Edmund Meinerts   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at 8:22 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: You have (Pablo)

> Typical elitist thing to say, but its OK. You're forgiven.

That sounds more like an elitist response. Taken your hypocrisy pills lately?

> I dont care for Conan, or Basil Poledouris. The man not only did such
> great and awesome best picture noms such as: Under Seige 2, Starship
> Troopers, Lassie, On Deadly Ground, and Conan The Destroyer, but his
> entire CV is fairly nondescript (aside from Robocop and dare I say Quigley
> Down Under, but nto by much because that movie didnt become that memorable
> a film). His resume is utterly bereft of memorable motion pictures. The
> man DID rape Crocodile Dundee from Peter Best...that something that also
> got me to notice him, but that's another story.

If you think that a composer's quality is based on the quality of the movies he gets, then there is no helping you.

> Now he may have a cult following, as you might say Tyler Bates has a cult
> following, but by NO means are both of these composers great by popular
> opinion. Therefore, they are highly and utterly comparable based on the
> projects they undertake, if at all.

Other than Hans Zimmer and a handful of James Horner and John Williams scores/themes, I don't think there are any composers who are considered great by popular opinion. Poledouris has the respect of about 99% of the film scoring community, Bates does not. I know of plenty of non-score fans who think Conan the Barbarian has some of the most awesome music in a movie that they know of. Hell, even the Nostalgia Critic even says that at some point, and he's a fairly significant proponent of "popular opinion". And it cuts both ways: other than 300 there isn't a single movie scored by Bates which has been embraced by the mainstream (Watchmen wasn't really, and most people seem to have ignored the Conan and Day the Earth Stood Still) remakes.

> And of coruse, all of this PALES in light of the utter obvious that Mr.
> Poledouris is DEAD and Bates lives on to further his scoring career.
> NOW...What REALLY bemoans me, however, isn't the quality of either - but
> the sheer FACT that back in (your hero) Mr. Poledouris' day? He didn't
> have so many critics dogpiling his works in an open forum to cramp his
> style; as Bates now has, and easily so.

Oh, so if a composer dies, he is no longer relevant? Huh. I guess Jerry Goldsmith doesn't matter anymore then, and once John Williams kicks the bucket you don't have to care about the Star Wars themes anymore, and I guess the entire world of classical, baroque and romantic music is pretty much irrelevant too.

You, sir, are an idiot. Do yourself a favor and shut up.

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