While, the audience reaction to 'Drive' has been mixed, the one thing that practically everyone has agreed on is the film's awesome music. For that, you can thank composer Cliff Martinez. While Martinez had nothing to do with writing the film's two most recognizable tracks -- 'A Real Hero' by College and 'Nightcall' by Kavinsky -- he did score the haunting instrumental tunes that played throughout the Nicolas Winding Refn-directed film. Martinez has already written music for movies such as 'Sex, Lies and Videotape,' 'Contagion' and 'Traffic,' but this is the first time he's received a large amount of attention for his work -- something that he's a bit "mystified" with.
In an interview with Spinner, Martinez said

It's totally weird. I'm gratified that the music is getting so much attention, but I'm mystified by it. It's a good film. I'd like to think that I've worked on a few good films before. I know the songs ['A Real Hero' and 'Night Call'] were very popular, but they were available long before the film came out. I know the score is good, but I'd like to think that I've written some good scores before, so the fact that it's getting all this attention is new and unexpected.

While Martinez is surprised at the response to the 'Drive' score, his entire career can more or less be categorized that way. After all, Martinez began as a drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Captain Beefhart before moving on to score movies. He admits that "it was kind of by accident." Said Martinez: "I'd like to think that I'm versatile, and can do anything from a Broadway musical to a tampon commercial, but in fact, I'm probably good at a very specific type of film score."

Weirdly enough, Martinez started composing films after director Steven Soderbergh heard the work he'd done on an episode of 'Pee Wee's Playhouse.'

Martinez also talked about his process recording the score for 'Drive,' and the work he's done on movies in the past such as 'Sex, Lies and Videotape.' You can read about it in the full interview on Spinner.

[via Spinner]

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