David Fichner’s adaptation of the Chuck Palahniuk book Fight Club hit theaters in 1999. It captured audiences because at the time there was a lot of uncertainty about what was going to happen with computers and people started to see how the digital era was slowly pulling them further in. One of the things that brought the movie to life was the soundtrack. Before the movie, The Dust Brothers were most notable for their work on Paul’s Boutique by the Beastie Boys and several of Beck’s albums. One of the reasons they were asked to do this soundtrack is a number one single from the Howard Stern movie Private Parts. According to Collider, Fight Club reached cult fame because of all the extra’s on the DVD and the intense subject matter that pulls audiences in. This is a ranking of all the songs from the Fight Club Soundtrack.
16. Commissioner Castration – The Dust Brothers
There is a strong amount of testosterone running through the members of the Fight Clubs, so it’s only natural if someone betrayed another member they would want to seek the ultimate revenge and strip them of their masculinity. The insidious nature of the instrumentation conveys the extreme torture nearly performed in this scene.
15. Marla – The Dust Brothers
I saw this movie when it first came out in theatres and aside from the crunching of bone on pavement, I can still remember the first encounter the narrator has with the Marla. Although The Dust Brothers’ music style may not work with every type of movie, their style is one of the only ones that could properly convey the dark subject matter.
14. Psycho Boy Jack – The Dust Brothers
As with many songs in the movie, they are shorter than what you would expect and this song falls neatly into that category. Even though the song is less than three minutes long it communicates the overall feel of the movie and the quiet rage many of us feel.
13. Who Is Tyler Durden – The Dust Brothers
Much like the haunting line in The Usual Suspects, this is a prevalent question throughout the movie. By the end, you realize he is the narrator’s split personality. Even though it may seem far-fetched that drastic split represents an extreme version of what can happen if we allow the stressors of life to push us too far.
12. Space Monkeys – The Dust Brothers
When this movie hit theatres club music was on the rise so it’s only natural the soundtrack for this movie would reflect that. For this song, listeners get another dose of The Dust Brothers’ signature song, an edge of the future electronic jolt to the senses.
11. Finding The Bomb – The Dust Brothers
One of Tyler’s darker plans is to bomb the city while the narrator runs around trying to stop the full-scale mayhem he wants to inflict on the city.
10. Medula Obolongata – The Dust Brothers
The title of this song plays off from a series of books the narrator is reading after he moves in with Tyler. At just over six minutes long there is a lot of musical space to explore a full-throttle sound. Throughout the song, it sounds airy with Eastern influences.
9. Stealing Fat – The Dust Brothers
One of the stranger things that Tyler Durden does to make money is to sell soap. Perhaps, it’s only fitting that the movie posters display this product prominently because the song where this scene plays is one of the most disturbing in the film.
8. Corporate World – The Dust Brothers
There is a serious nod to the iconic furniture company Ikea in the movie. One of the scenes in the movie finds the narrator thumbing through one of their catalogs, curious about how his furniture choices define him.
7. Homework – The Dust Brothers
One of the ways Tyler Durden challenges the fighters between sessions is to go out into the world and make use of their newly found rage. This song is during the montage scene when you see the characters engaging in many different socially unacceptable activities including spraying a priest with water in hopes that he will start a fight to accomplish the assignment Tyler Durden gave.
6. Jack’s Smirking Revenge – The Dust Brothers
Let’s face it, we’ve all wanted to seek some sort of revenge on the boss that makes our work weeks absolutely terrible. However, most people wouldn’t go to the lengths the narrator does in this scene. As this song plays, he gets into a fight; with himself.
5. Hessel, Raymond K. – The Dust Brothers
Another challenge in the movie was to capture rawness without turning it into parody. In this scene, the narrator and Tyler Durden pull a gun on a convenience store clerk. Invariably, the message is live each day like it’s your last because you never know when it may be the last one you have.
4. Single Serving Jack – The Dust Brothers
One of the narrator’s clever phrases is “single serving friends,” because much like the items he sees most often; they are meant to be used once and then discarded. After all, he is constantly on the road which leads to his total mental breakdown. As the narrator has little to no time for meaningful relationships, he views meeting people much like he does the single-serving items he receives each trip.
3. Chemical Burn-The Dust Brothers
One of the most pivotal scenes in the movie is when the narrator sustains a severe burn from what we later learn is himself. During the scene, he tries to block the pain at all costs but is prompted by Tyler Durden not to block it out and instead embrace it.
2. What Is Fight Club? – The Dust Brothers
The rules of the club are simple but the underground fight ring taps into the more primal nature of society. Using the skillful industrial intros and outros the group can capture the portions of the characters’ lives that led them to need a club like this.
1. This is Your Life – The Dust Brothers Featuring Tyler Durden
This movie came out when the world was in the midst of the uncertainty of Y2K. The slow electronic beats throughout the soundtrack reflect the transition of music to the aughts. One of the things that makes this song such a standout is Durden’s monologue. Despite the over the top nature of this movie, it does give us a chilling perspective of how corporations are taking over and the way we feel the acquisition of material things will make us whole.