Wes Craven’s Scream 2: Music from the Dimension Motion Picture (1997)

Today’s post is dedicated to one of the greatest movie makers in the horror genre: maestro Wes Craven. Wesley Earl Craven, known for his masterpieces Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, among many other fantastic movies, died on August 30, 2015, at the age of 76.

To remember one of my favourite movies from his catalogue, I spent the day listening to the soundtrack of Scream 2. The soundtrack combines bands and their respective songs from genres such as R&B, rap, and rock. Scream 2: Music from the Dimension Motion Picture was released on November 18, 1997, through Capitol Records and includes 15 songs over a duration of 62 minutes.

The soundtrack is well balanced in terms of musical diversity. It starts off with a couple of hip hop songs by Master P, Silkk The Shocker, and Kottonmouth Kings to introduce a ‘cool’ mood, before introducing a raw grunge song by Sugar Ray. Now the soundtrack gets my attention and makes me wanna move! She’s Always in My Hair by D’Angelo, a song written by Prince, does the perfect job in combining the grunge mood of the previous Sugar Ray song with the groove of track 1 and 2 and adding glamour and style to it. The best song thus far.

Help Myself by Dave Matthews Band leaves not much to the imagination – which in this case is a good thing, because the DMB name stands for a great composition and creative performance. Another highlight on this album that introduces a beautifully emotional Collective Soul song: She Said, which in the band’s typical manner transports the listener away from the dark and scary Scream world to a more colourful place.

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, then, brings us back to a more urban destination with rough riffs and analogue break beats. Once there, Dave Grohl’s early-days Foo Fighters serenade the listener with a smooth rock-ballade eloquently entitled Dear Lover. Tonic, continue the rock mood with a typical 90s rock song characterised by emotional melodies and heart-breaking guitar riffs: Eyes of Sand – another favourite of mine on this album.

And just when this listener thought that it couldn’t get any better, Everclear rocks my headphones with The Swing. Looking back, this song gave clues already in 1997 that Mr Art Alexakis would soon write and produce two of the most legendary albums in American rock history – click here to discover one of them.

The next song by Less Than Jake is a good bridge between Everclear and another legendary song that found its way onto this soundtrack: Your Lucky Day in Hell by Eels. The song is scary and hopeful, sinister and happy, dark but funny, and all of that at the same time. I especially enjoy the carefully placed and occasional dissonant notes. Definitely a masterpiece of 1990s pop music.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds continue with Red Right Hand, a rather psychedelic and moody song. Kelly, then, unleashes some sexy beats and melodies onto the lister with One More Chance. A welcomed change after Nick Cave’s 8-and-a-half-minute scary treatment. Ear2000 closes the soundtrack with The Race, a song characterised by spoken words and a repeating riff. A good song to end the album.

Sebastiano Mereu

YouTuber + host of the #FHTZ online music show with co-producer @simonkurt + marketing & digital content producer + university lecturer