Basil Poledouris 21st August 1945 – 8th November 2006
After recently discovering what exactly the “genius” function was on my iPod nano I noticed something odd. Not only did it group my music by genre, album and artist but also by composer. Settling back on the train listing to a few classic movie themes I was surprised to discover my choices jumping from Conan the Barbarian, to Les Miserables and then back to Robocop.
After further investigation, or “Google” I think it’s more commonly known as, I discovered the wonderful composer of classic (and varied) movie themes, Basil Poledouris, an American music composer who wrote many memorable scores for movies and television shows.
Possibly not up there in the fame category with the likes of John Williams and Danny Elfman but never the less the man is a legend. It certainly inspired me to look a little further and to expand my knowledge of where our classic movie themes come from. Some of his most recognisable contributions to movie scores are Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), Robocop (1987), with some of his final work (sadly Basil passed away in 2006) includes The Touch (2002) and The Legend of Butch and Sundance (2004).
With a career spanning 4 decades Basil worked in many different styles, mediums and genres. Other popular movies Basil Poledouris composed include Starship Troopers, Lassie and Hot Shots Part Deux! It is a revealing and certainly an eclectic mix but, as with John Williams, I can now recognise that “shiver down the spine” familiarity of the score, the key signature of any great composer.
Some of his greatest scores have been compiled in this awesome YouTube video, for a taster visit Basil Poledouris – Greatest Hits.