Following in the steps of a living legend like John Williams can be a tough gig, but Rogue One composer Michael Giacchino seems to have handled the pressure just fine, and he used some humorous titles to help…
Giacchino, best known for the soundtracks to the recent Star Trek films as well as Jurassic World, appears to either have shrugged off the pressure or attempted to make his work so unique that it would avoid any comparison to Williams’ work. Case in point? In the liner notes for Rogue One, Giacchino presents the alternate titles for each bit of music from the soundtrack. Behold!Image Credit: Dork Side library screenshot
Official song titles like “Cargo Shuttle SW-0608” morph into the hilarious pun, “World’s Worst Vacation Destination.” Likewise Baze Malbus’ scramble from the approaching AT-ACT’s changes from “AT-ACT Assault” to “Bazed and Confused.” And showing off Giacchino’s love of all things pop culture, the crew’s arrival on Jedha changes from the bland “Jedha Arrival,” to the much funnier “Jedha Call Saw.”
Giacchino himself notes that Williams was a huge inspiration upon the Rogue One composer, but apparently that did not pertain to his song titles. And while most of the alternate song titles are humorous, some of them are a bit more on the somber side. For instance, Jyn Erso’s rousing speech to the Rebellion council goes from “Rebellions Are Built on Hope” to “Erso In Vain.” Sad face.Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
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Back to the funnies. Using a bit of dad joke humor, the simple “Rogue One” track switches to “Takes One to Rogue One.” And last but not least, perhaps taking a cue from the Deadpool soundtrack, “Confrontation on Eadu” mutates into “Go Do, That Eadu, That You Do, So Well.” Well played Giacchino, well played.
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