I saw the movie tonight and it was incredible. I saw it in a ScreenX theater. That alone turns up the greatness knob on any movie going experience. ScreenX is a revolutionary, multi-projection theatre experience that extends the screen to the auditorium walls. This immersive format takes traditional moviegoing a step further, by surrounding the audience with a 270-degree panoramic visual and putting them in the center of the action. Fly to the farthest reaches of space or explore the depths of the ocean with this incredible technology, and experience.
The Soundtrack took a great movie and brought it to the next level.
Captain Marvel’s soundtrack was one of the best parts of the movie. And, as I have already said, the movie is incredible. It rarely happens in cinema that people in the audience all together start jamming to the music well being into the movie itself at the same time. While Guardians of the Galaxy mixed ’70s and ’80s tunes, the soundtrack for the MCU’s latest addition, Captain Marvel opts for ’90s nostalgia instead.
Featuring many greats from the era (R.E.M, Nirvana, TLC, No Doubt), there’s loads for ’90s nostalgists to enjoy, and plenty for the younger viewers/listeners to discover too. Here are some of the best tracks that pop up during the film.
Here are my favorite songs from Captain Marvel.
Hole – ‘Celebrity Skin’
This was 100% my favorite song on the movie because they placed it just perfectly.
Celebrity Skin is from the album of the same title and is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Hole, released worldwide on September 8, 1998 on Geffen Records and one day later in the United States on DGC Records.
Salt-N-Pepa – ‘Whatta Man’
Borrowing from a little-known cratedigger’s gem of the same name by 60s soul singer Linda Lyndell, hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa teamed up with En Vogue to turn the track into a big hit in 1993. The lyrics preach the virtues of a “mighty mighty good man,” or as one critic put it: “a celebration of strong men who stay home and care for kids”.
Elastica – ‘Connection’
The Britpop outfit’s most famous track, lifted from their acclaimed ‘95 self-titled debut (the band’s follow-up didn’t fare so well), ‘Connection’ borrows a little from 70s post-punks Wire, sees jagged guitars going head-to-head with a earworm of a synth part while boasting a whole load of poignant-yet-cryptic lyrics, including: “I don’t understand how a heart is a spade, but somehow the vital connection is made.”
Garbage – ‘Only Happy When It Rains’
“I only listen to the sad, sad songs, I’m only happy when it rains.” The second single from Garbage’s debut album became an angsty anthem, despite the lyrics actually being quite self-aware and tongue-in-cheek.
TLC – ‘Waterfalls’
‘Waterfalls’ is so ubiquitous that it’s easy to miss the very important messages within the lyrics: the song tackles topics like drug abuse and sexually transmitted diseases. The group’s singer Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas later explained: “Anything that’s self-destructive, that’s chasing a waterfall. We wanted to make a song with a strong message – about unprotected sex, being promiscuous, and hanging out in the wrong crowd. The messages in ‘Waterfalls’ hit home. I think that’s why it’s our biggest hit to date.”
Nirvana – ‘Come As You Are’
Obviously you know this one. It may not have had as big a seismic shift on culture as ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’, but the murky sound of ‘Come As You Are’ went on to have massive influence on the post-grunge sound of the late-’90s and early-’00s. The song was so synonymous with not only Nirvana, but alternative music as a whole, that its lyrics are even itched into the welcome sign in Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington.
No Doubt – ‘Just A Girl’
‘Just A Girl’ was the first song that Gwen Stefani penned without the input of brother Eric and it’s apt, then, that its a retort to sexism and misogyny, as Stefani sarcastically sneers: “I’m just a girl, all pretty and petite / So don’t let me have any rights”.
How ’90s is it? Combining the punk ethos of riot grrl with a more chart-friendly sound and pop peppiness, ‘Just A Girl’ is the perfect coming together of several key ’90s elements. That’s not even mentioning the ska influence: that’s very damn ’90s.
R.E.M – ‘Man On The Moon’
The band’s second single from 1992’s ‘Automatic for the People,’ ‘Man On The Moon’ was inspired by comedian-come-performance artist Andy Kaufman, who’s rumoured to have faked his own death. In the track, Michael Stipe ponders many of life’s big conspiracy theories, while in the video he wears a rather fetching cowboy hat.