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ScoreKeeper Goes Insane Over Jerry Goldsmith's GREMLINS Score and Has Five Copies to Give Away!!!

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here beside myself brimmed with unbridled joy. I have been writing about film music for Ain't It Cool News for more than five years. During that span I have covered countless coveted film music titles released by a handful of labels into the hearts and homes of eager soundtrack collectors across the globe. I have waxed poetically the release of THE RIGHT STUFF (1983), COMMANDO (1985), THE KARATE KID (1984), PREDATOR (1987), AIRPLANE! (1980), SPACECAMP (1986), TWILIGHT ZONE: THE MOVIE (1983), THE BLACK HOLE (1979), CLASH OF THE TITANS (1981) and many many others too numerous to list.

All of these titles are personal "holy grails" which I have longed to acquire and add to my personal collection; however, none of them match the excitement I felt when Film Score Monthly announced their latest release on Retrograde Records.

It took twenty-seven years but Jerry Goldsmith's seminal score for GREMLINS (1984) has finally been released on CD!



I can't think of too many titles I have pined over as badly as GREMLINS. For years I thought it would never happen. With labels dishing out soundtrack goodies every week, I assumed they all tried to get GREMLINS but ran into snags along the way preventing its release.

I've been listening to the score all week and it's more amazing than I ever could have hoped. Goldsmith's signature amalgam of synthesizers and orchestral textures maintain the perfect balance between creepiness and comicalness. Even for a man as melodic as Goldsmith was, GREMLINS showcases two of the best themes he ever composed: the beautiful theme for Gizmo and the spot-on perfect "Gremlins Rag" for Stripe and his gang of mischievous cohorts…and I never realized Goldsmith peppered his score with so many "cat wails." What a damn cool score ingredient!

I usually let labels approach me with contest and giveaway ideas but with GREMLINS I wanted to share the opportunity to own this magnificent and long-coveted score for yourself. I called Lukas at FSM and asked if he'd be interested in doing a GREMLINS CD giveaway on AICN. His response was an immediate "yes!"

I now have in my possession five copies of Jerry Goldsmith's complete score for GREMLINS courtesy of Retrograde Records and Screen Archives Entertainment. If you would like to try to win a copy for yourself, here's what you have to do.

Just send me an email to using the subject: I LOVE GOLDSMITH'S GIZMO! and include your name, mailing address, a valid email address, your most coveted "holy grail" soundtrack release and a brief sentence or two about what GREMLINS (the film, the score, whatever) means to you. I'll gather up all the entries, shine them in the light, get them plenty wet and then feed them all after midnight. The five random entries that turn into Gremlins will receive a copy of GREMLINS on CD. The deadline for submission is Sunday, November 27th, at 11:59pm EST. Only one entry per person. International entries will be accepted. Duplicates will be discarded.

That's it. Get your entries in today and have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Soundtrack fans have a lot to be thankful for...GREMLINS is definitely one of them!

For more information including a complete track listing and audio samples check out Screen Archives Entertainment.




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  • Nov. 17, 2011, 9:45 p.m. CST

    two album set? Really?

    by SmokingRobot

    I'm pretty tired of these multi-disc soundtrack sets. I'm not made out of money, you know. Anything over twenty bucks is hard to justify.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 9:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah. No real excuse for 2 cd's other than moola.

    by SmokingRobot

    Sure, I'd like to have a copy. But I've been looking at the track listings and listening to the same. LOTS of redundancies. This just didn't need to be a 2-cd set.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    whats with the Gremlins 2 Gizmo on the back?

    by Bouncy X

    don't they have any shots from the actual movie they are trying to promote? even the dvd and blu-ray covers use the Part 2 version of him....odd.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 9:57 p.m. CST

    wow, its the exact same Part 2 shot

    by Bouncy X

    just checked my dvd and the blu-ray cover online and not only is it Gizmo from Part 2, but its the exact same shot thats used on the, so not only can they not find a proper photo, they always use the same wrong one. :P

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Friggin' amazing. And isn't HOOK already avaialble?

    by Proman1984

    Or are you talking about a more complete version? In any case, a great movie and a great score!

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 10:41 p.m. CST

    Gremlins 2 Gizmo is the one they always use...

    by Emperor_was_a_jerk

    Gremlins 2 Gizmo is the one they always use for promo stuff. And usually that same shot. I prefer the look of the Chris Walas Gizmo from the original Gremlins. It was a bit more crude than the Rick Baker one in "2" but It has a charm to it for me. Likely because it was the original.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    I too could have done without a two-disc set

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    The only stuff on the second disc are a bunch of 80's songs I will never listen to and a 16-minute suite of music that's already on the first disc. Sadly, too many soundtrack labels do this these days...forcing you to re-buy a condensed LP sequence of the score on a second disc in order to have the complete version on the first disc. Hey, if I wanted to listen to the LP sequence, I wouldn't have bought this expanded reissue!

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Also, are the winners chosen at random?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    If not, then why even bother with having some personalized content included in the body of the e-mail? A lot of effort for no reason.

  • Shirley Walker was THE composer of nineties television soundtracks.

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Shirley Walker was indeed awesome...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    ...and it's a shame she could only get work scoring TV shows due to her gender. I'm *still* waiting for more volumes of Batman: TAS on CD (and throw Superman: TAS on the wish list as well).

  • Nov. 17, 2011, 11:26 p.m. CST

    More praise for Walker and more disgust for this being a 2CD set

    by David_Denmans_Beard

    First - Shirley Walker was fantastic. Love Goldsmith, Zimmer, etc. as you will but I'd trade all of them in for a chance to have more work from Walker. I'd trade in a few of the hacks more than gladly if it meant having Walker still alive and composing for ANYTHING. Second - couldn't agree more about the second disc being a really shameless way at squeezing the wallet. Waiting this long for a proper release of this score and of course FSM couldn't pass up the chance of padding their pockets a little on it.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, midnight CST

    Soundtrack I really want to see

    by Keith

    Amazingly, there has never been an official soundtrack released for "Highlander". You can get a bootleg Kamen score and most of the songs are on Queen's "A Kind Of Magic" (albeit not all the same versions), but there's no proper soundtrack album. For a film where the music is so integral, that seems terribly wrong.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    In defense of the extra *original LP sequence* discs:

    by justmyluck

    I understand why some find these useless, but for others who *learned* the soundtrack way back when in that original sequence (even with the pop songs), it's sort of vital. This is why the boutique movie score businesses seem to throw in the extra disc more often now. What you grow up listening to, in a particular arrangement (almost like attending a particular concert over and over), is what burns into your psyche, I'm afraid! For instance, I usually prefer listening to the SW score in the sequence John Williams arranged for the Fox/RSO product on the old West German 2CD release, instead of the Sony SW SE CD release, which actually has more music. So, yeah, giving soundtrack collectors both the expanded and original configurations seems to be the way to go, and keep 'em coming as far as I'm concerned.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST

    ummmm.... I've had this for a couple YEARS now.

    by ShiftyEyedDog

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:51 a.m. CST

    Silvestri is King

    by boyalien

    Flight of The Navigator FTW

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:47 a.m. CST

    " seminal "

    by DickBallsworth

    As in semen. You know it. I know it.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:58 a.m. CST

    People who listen to movie soundtracks...

    by James

    I don't mean to be judgmental, but what the fuck? Are you sitting around in your room listening to the Gremlins soundtrack? You should cut that shit out.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:12 a.m. CST


    by James

    You don't have to give up and sit around alone listening to the Gremlins soundtrack, is all I'm saying, with Cheetos dust and butt lint on your fingers.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:30 a.m. CST

    @aremisslake: ah, so you were just being a troll. Carry on.

    by justmyluck

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:35 a.m. CST

    I love the Gremlins poster art

    by DonLogan

    Hated the version with the Gremlin bursting through the 'page' with 'We're Here' scrawled on it.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 4:39 a.m. CST

    @justmyluck: kinda yes and kinda no ;)

    by James

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 5:15 a.m. CST

    My top 5 scores of the many I own...

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    5. Robin Hood Prince of Thieves - Kamen is a god... too bad about Brian Adams. 4. Conan the Barbarian - Basil Poledouris creates the beefiest man soundtrack ever. 3. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - man... the tank chase track is fucking mindblowing. 2. Bladerunner - do I really need to put it into words. 1. Without a doubt the greatest soundtrack I own is a vinyl of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom purchased for $2 from a flea market in perfect fucking condition. Apart from the wonderful score you also have Anything Goes. Hard to fuckin beat that.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 5:16 a.m. CST

    also ChopChop is correctamundo...

    by Nomoredirtyanything

    The BURBS is easily Goldsmiths best of the eighties.... ummmm FACT! is that how it's done CTM?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 5:41 a.m. CST

    It even has Michael Sambello's "Mega Madness"

    by Shut the Fuck up Donny

    That alone may be worth the purchase. I get such a kick out of that bar scene.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 6:41 a.m. CST


    by Judge Dredds Dirty Undies

    You're coming on to a geek film site and accusing people who listen to film scores of being sad. WTF is wrong with you.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    judge dredds dirty undies

    by James

    I picture the Gremlins soundtrack playing in the background as you pound your indignant post into your keyboard. It's ok, you know...not having any friends, or a girlfriend or whatever. At least you can fart whenever you want...

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by SminkyPinky

    I listen to movie scores when I'm writing, when I walk my dogs, when I'm driving, when I'm walking, when I'm just plain wasting time. Just like how I listen to metal. And even my wife tolerates it. So shut your offensive, little gob and don't be a generalising, presumptious shit to people whom you wouldn't dare speak to in that manner in real life.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by James

    You say that I'm presumptuous, and then you claim that I 'wouldn't dare speak in that manner in real life'. I would indeed. Who is the presumptuous one, you jackanapes? Shame on you. Shame on you, Sminkypinky.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    I Enjoy Listening to Soundtracks While Programming


    I think the Gremlins soundtrack will be extra awesome for that purpose. I used to have the soundtrack, on vinyl, and would listen to it while programming in Microsoft BASIC on my TRS-80 Color Computer. If it's available on iTunes, I think I will add it. I've really enjoyed the Tron: Legacy soundtrack. The ET soundtrack is gorgeous. There's some really nice soundtracks out there. Love the Back to the Future score. And great to listen to while developing databases and making a lot more money that aremisslake. ;)

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:13 a.m. CST

    More money *than . . .


    Dang, typos screwed my stinger *again*.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:41 a.m. CST


    by James

    'Is this your attempt at a diatribe stating that scores only belong in the film in which they are written?' Yes, it is. Most of it DOES NOT WORK OUT OF CONTEXT. The Gremlins soundtrack is not 'Peter and the Wolf'. Here, lemme cue it up on, sorry. Needs visuals. I AM NOT CHOPPED!!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Hey aremisslake, screw you

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    I listen to NOTHING but soundtracks. Have done so for nearly 20 years now. I don't give a crap about whatever "the kids" are listening to these days (stopped listening to "real music" by the end of the 80's). A great film score is great music, PERIOD. Some scores don't work seperated on a CD, but a lot of them DO. Why even bother trolling on a site DEVOTED TO MOVIES just to denegrate people who actually enjoy this stuff?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 9:58 a.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by James

    I think it's a shame that you stopped listening to 'real music' by the end of the 80's. There's been a lot of fantastic 'non-film score music' made since then. I almost envy you, you have a lot to discover once you step outside of your own little personal world.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:08 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    But you've shot your own argument in the foot there. The pieces from "Peter and the Wolf" are routinely played without narration, removing their original context and leaving just the music, which, of course, works perfectly well. Also, many works from the romantic period are based around well-known literary works or folk tales, so you can make an argument that they are the soundtracks of their day: music designed to augment a narrative, and very much populist. And movie soundtracks are the successors to this kind of music (romantic period rather than baroque or classical, although incorporating a lot of Prokofiev-style dissonance as well) as opposed to the works of abstract contemporary composers (especially movements such as serialism). Your argument might carry more force if you were suggesting that it was bizarre and pointless listening to a soundtrack from a movie *that you'd never seen*, so you had no context to help build the meaning for any given cue. But almost everybody who listens to a film soundtrack will have seen the movie already, so they already have the context in their minds. It may be that you have poor visual memory, so movie soundtracks don't work for you. You might also be rather young, and have experienced movies made mainly in the last ten to fifteen years, where chromatic pieces have faded away in their use, as has leitmotif and strong melody, leaving soundtracks as more rhythmical diatonic pieces that are designed primarily to accent and infuse the movie when it's playing but often do not stand up as interesting works in their own right.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST


    by James

    You can bring up 'works from the Romantic period' all you want, it's not relevant today. And I don't think I need great visual memory to listen to the soundtrack of a movie that I have the DVD of laying right there. This music was made to go along with the visuals of the film and does not hold up to standalone listening. Sounds like meandering bullshit out of context.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    I'd estimate about 50% of my soundtrack collection is from movies I've never seen

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    And I still like listening to them. Go figure.

  • For me it's one of his lesser efforts. Yes, he did made a very recognizable theme for the gremlins, but it doesn't rock me boat. He made much better work. He was a genious, that's beside question.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11 a.m. CST


    by James

    Shut up, Conan the Barbarian is an exception to the rule, and I think you know that full well. I AM NOT CHOPPED! I'M NOT!

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Yes, Poulidoris score for CONAN is that great. It helps convince us that the movie presents a full world of it's own. Compare and contrast with score made for the recent Conan movie, which is as bland as that movie itself.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:21 a.m. CST

    for fucks sake

    by MacReady452

    Otter whistles Peter and the Wolf in Animal House and it is instantly recognizable without visuals. You fucking played yourself. This must be so embarrassing for you.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Was Hillary Swank ever brought up for FF?

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    As Zack Norman said in Romancing The Stone, "Look at those snappers!"

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Peter and the Wolf

    by James

    Kinda different from modern movie soundtracks, homeboy. Be willfully obtuse, that'll help. Always has, hasn't it?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    Fudgepack Friday

    by James

    Today's subject is Julia Roberts, and you're a giant fucking douchebag, lol.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Great to have a lively soundtrack discussion

    by Pat

    For me there must be that emotional attachment to the movie and hence a great score for me to listen to the soundtrack. I don't necessarily conjur up images of the movie but rather equate the cues to whatever fantasy I am concocting in my head. This is what I did some 20 some odd years ago when I started listening to scores and though I listen less these days, it's still what I do. Gremlins is a movie I enjoyed as a kid and I still remember the Gremlins theme (playing in my head now) but it is not something I can purchase as I can't really relate. The last soundtrack(s) that really got my fantasy and emotional brain going were the "Lost" series. I still pull out my classics though, too numerous to name.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:22 p.m. CST

    Didn't you guys see the troll advisory I put way up there...sheesh.

    by justmyluck

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:24 p.m. CST


    by James

    I feel unimpressed by any post you make in my direction unless you hold 'enter' for a minute and go CHOPPED! meh...

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 12:47 p.m. CST


    by James

    My wife told me to stop responding. I'm p-whipped, so what? I love you, though.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Bromance in Scorekeeper's realm

    by Pat

    Nice. My holy grail is "The Last Boyscout" by Kamen. I know there's a boot out there but it's just not the same. Anyone know any different?

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2 p.m. CST

    Gotta sneak in this last post...

    by James

    You guys can do better music-wise than the soundtrack to Gremlins, or the soundtrack to Hook. There's brilliant music out there that's been made the past 20 years for you. Just sayin'...

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    aremisslake, so, by your logic...

    by Jaka

    ...we should all stop listening to music? Weird, dude. Weird.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST


    by James

    what the fuck? No...

  • ...orchestral, choral or classical music? How is it different than listening to ambient or experimental electronic music? How is it different than listening to certain types of jazz or improvised music? I listen to all of those and I often find correlating sounds in movie scores. I guess I just don't understand how anyone sitting around listening to their favorite movie scores is worthy of insult. Personally, I find the Conan The Barbarian and Lord Of The Rings scores to be some great music, no matter what their source. As has been discussed in MANY a talkback, the Conan The Barbarian soundtrack is a great piece of music, period. Worthy of being re-listened to infinitely.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:36 p.m. CST


    by James

    It is my belief that if you listen to the Gremlins soundtrack for musical pleasure, then you're a fucking moron. I won't go on about my own personal musical preferences, sorry. I don't find value in film scores outside of their original context. I think that if you do find value in film scores outside of their original context, then you're probably a fuckwit. This is my position. Blow me.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    CHOPPAH, the full HOOK score is my Holy Grail too

    by D.Vader

    That's what I mentioned to the email to Scorekeeper last night.

  • Nov. 18, 2011, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Mirror, aremisslake. aremisslake, mirror.

    by Jaka

    Fuckwit indeed.

  • and i doon't rate his woirk in GREMLINS as among his best. In fact, i would say it's otherwise. however, a Goldsmith's lul moment was better then most other's at the top of their game. Goldsmith was a genious. If i can be flippant about his work on Gremlins is because he mad such and so many masterpieces that it pales in comparison.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 6:53 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    you are not going to use that Giacchino cunt ass hack fuck as an example of god film scoring, are you? he's today's james horner, a fucking unimaginative plagiarist with very good publicity, and who never had the benefit of Horner in that he had a good moment in his career when he was genuinaly good (the 80s). Giacchino only had the plagiarist phase and nothing else, which he's still living in.

  • One of those film scores that work in and out of the movie. Recent example is THE SOCIAL NETWORK. In fact, that score might work even better heard without the movie. It's my favorite driving music.

  • Nov. 19, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I never understood the love for John Williams' work for HOOK.

    by AsimovLives

    I think it's Williams at his most derivative. It's Willias doing his usual stuff, being Williamsesque. Williams showed his true colours and quality when he made the score for SCHINDLER'S LIST. That's the score which,i think, we all should be praising Williams for instead of the super-derivative HOOK. At least with Schindler's list Williams got out of his confort zone and made one very impressive score that showed he's more then just the guy who makes scores for adventure movies.

  • Nov. 20, 2011, 10:50 p.m. CST

    Listening to Soundtracks?

    by ScoreKeeper

    aremisslake, If you think I sit around listening to soundtracks all day, you're sorely mistaken. I do much more than that. Aside from listening to film music almost exclusively, I pretty much devote my entire professional and personal life to the craft. I write film music every day and write about film music almost every day. I study it, lecture about it, research it, teach it, and broadcast it. Hell, I even have a college degree in it. It's pretty much the all-encompassing passion of my life. What's your passion in life?

  • Nov. 25, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Has Dave Grusin's score for "The Goonies" ever been released?

    by Elgyn6655321

    Come on!!

  • I wore two copies of the cassette out when I was in junior high because of this song!