Scarface 1983 Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Scarface Soundtrack

December 9, 1983 
Disco, post-disco, synthrock

Scarface: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is the soundtrack album featured on the 1983 American film, Scarface, which was directed by Brian De Palma. Composed by Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder, it was released on December 9 of the same year through MCA Records. The album features music created by Moroder, who wrote and produced all of the tracks. Scarface counts with the collaboration of multiple singers, including Paul Engemann in the track "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)", Debbie Harry in "Rush Rush", and Amy Holland in "She's on Fire" and "Turn Out the Night", among other artists. The soundtrack received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Original Score at the 41st Golden Globe Awards. In 2003, Scarface was remastered and re-released through Universal Records. According to De Palma, Universal wanted to change the original soundtrack for a rap score. After its re-release, the soundtrack debuted in the French Album Chart at number 98. In 2006, the soundtrack was featured in the game Scarface: The World Is Yours, which is based on the film. Diverse songs from hip hop artists sampled songs from the soundtrack. Also, they were featured on the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto III (2001), on its fictional Flashback 95.6 radio station.

Background and compositionEdit

Scarface is an American film which relates the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who goes to Miami in 1980 with the Mariel boatlift, and there he becomes a drug cartel kingpin. Scarface was created as the original soundtrack. Its songs were written and produced by Giorgio Moroder, an Italian record producer, along with other musicians. Former frontwoman of the band Blondie, Debbie Harry, co-wrote "Rush Rush". The song's title is a reference to cocaine, and it was based upon Moroder's soundtrack American Gigolo (1980). Robbin Daw considered its lyrics "fit the overall druggy feel" of the film, and Harry commented about it is as far as the films' themes and the lyrics [she] wrote, they were pretty much up to [her]." The song also became Harry's debut single as solo artist after Blondie's breakup.[6] Moroder worked with Pete Bellotte, with whom he co-wrote "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)", "She's on Fire" and "Turn Out the Night". The first song features vocals of Paul Engemann, while in the other two Amy Holland sang. Arthur Barrow co-wrote "Shake It Up" and "I'm Hot Tonight", in which Elizabeth Daily performed, and "Dance Dance Dance", with Beth Anderson vocals. María Conchita Alonso appeared in the song "Vamos a Bailar". The soundtrack includes two instrumental songs, "Tony's Theme" and "Gina's and Elvira's Theme". The soundtrack incorporates elements of disco, post-disco and synthrock.[3] According to John Richardson, Claudia Gorbman and Carol Vernallis, in their book The Oxford Handbook of New Audiovisual Aesthetics (2013), Moroder employed music as "material to conduct performances, experiences, and energies whose symbolic function and textural weight are elucidated by the aural materiality of its soundtrack", as in the 1965 American film Vinyl

Track ListEdit

  1. "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)"  
  2. "Rush Rush"
  3. "Turn Out the Night" (misprinted as "Turn Out the Light")
  4. "Vamos a Bailar" 
  5. "Tony's Theme"  
  6. "She's on Fire"  
  7. "Shake It Up"  
  8. "Dance Dance Dance"  
  9. "I'm Hot Tonight"  
  10. "Gina's and Elvira's Theme" 

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