Gram Parsons, Betty Davis, and Neu! punctured the bloat of 1973

To commemorate 60 years of the Billboard Hot 100, Off The Charts revisits each year since it was established to spotlight songs and artists that didn’t make the cut, yet still made a significant impact. Years are chosen randomly and—to make it even harder on ourselves—rules for inclusion are that neither the songs nor…

Beats, rhymes, and replicants: El-P, Gary Numan, and more on Blade Runner’s musical influence

According to WhoSampled, that endlessly useful resource for determining which artists should probably be sued, bits of Blade Runner have been paid homage to—and straight-up pilfered—more than 80 times in the past 35 years, turning up in works from everyone from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Sigue Sigue Sputnik. Rutger Hauer’s…

Here’s how Vangelis made Blade Runner’s haunting score

The opening seconds of the latest trailer for Blade Runner 2049 sent out a clarion call to fans of the original with a single melancholy synthesizer pulse. The sounds of Vangelis’ legendary soundtrack for the original are inextricable from the movie’s appeal. The sequel promises, more than anything else, a return to a…