Muscle Music: A Schwarzenegger Soundtrack Retrospective

Categories: movies

Guns 'N' Roses - "You Could Be Mine" 1992
From Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Schwarzenegger and Axl Rose have had an interesting relationship. When it came time for James Cameron and company to sit down with the band and negotiate including the first single from their Use Your Illusion album in Terminator 2, Arnold invited the entire band to his home to work out the deal. As a result, not only did we get one of the greatest sci-fi/action films ever made full of Guns 'n' Roses references and one of the all time memorable movie-music cross-promotional videos, but a lifelong bond was formed. Schwarzenegger would go on to refer to the band, albeit in a MUCH different form, as his "good buddies" on MTV's "TRL" years later when promoting the soundtrack to his 1999 film End of Days that featured G'N'R's "Oh My God", which would remain the group's only officially released new song in a 14 year span.

AC/DC - "Big Gun" 1993
from Last Action Hero
If you have any positive memory from the mis-marketed satire Last Action Hero, chances are it's the soundtrack's lead single "Big Gun." Considered one of the best AC/DC b-sides, the video features the unforgettable imagery of Schwarzenegger carrying guitarist Angus Young on his shoulders. While the movie has become something of a cult classic, the soundtrack's become something of a rite of passage for crate digging metalheads looking for some exclusive gems that have gone under-appreciated for far too long.

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