Judgement Night Soundtrack

Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: Judgement Night Soundtrack

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

September 26, 2019

Every Thursday morning Jensen brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

This week Jensen gets us up on a movie soundtrack from the 1993 film, Judgement Night. This is one incredibly forgettable movie, but the soundtrack is not. This movie stared Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary, Stephen Dorff, Jeremy Piven, and Everlast. The cast sounds like it would be good, but the film is chunks of garbage. Do not get up on that - stay away from it. However, over the past 25 years, the soundtrack has proven to be one of the best ever released.

It is predated only by novelty hits like “Walk this way,” by RUN DMC and Aerosmith or “Bring The Noise,” by Anthrax and Public Enemy, which KROQ still plays every once in a while during a rock of the 90’s weekend. But THIS soundtrack is truly the birth of the Rock and Rap hybrid sound. It was the result of Nirvana’s success that year, as well as a new band called Rage Against The Machine. This album paired up 10 prominent rappers and 11 rock bands to produce collaborations we have never heard before, or since. So for kids like Jensen who grew up listening to rap, but also loving stations like KROQ, this soundtrack was a dream come true.

It was born from the mind of a music manager named Happy Walters, Everlast from House of Pain and DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill. It included credible current rock bands from the time. The collaboration of popular rappers and extremely credible rock bands, in Jensen’s opinion, has never been duplicated since.

The first song he played includied Helmet and House Of Pain called “Just Another Victim."

A few other pairings that you will hear include:

Living Colour and RUN DMC

Biohazard and Onyx.

Slayer and Ice T (who was already experimenting with rock music with Body Count), Teenage Fanclub and De La Soul, Faith No More and the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E., Cypress Hill, and Sonic Youth, there are a ton of other great artists that team up to make great music on this soundtrack.

In recent oral histories about the soundtrack, it was revealed that Tool and Rage Against The Machine teamed up for a song as well, but neither band approved the song for the album (but it CAN be heard as a bootleg online).

The way these artists worked together is better than what we have seen in modern-day music because these musicians went into the studio to actually work on something together. This all took place before the Pro Tools revolution, where people couldn't just send each other the files and work on music separately. This is one of the only CD’s that Jensen still owns a physical copy of, that’s how much he likes it. Soundtracks are an art form long gone, but Judgment Night is a perfect melding of the rock and rap worlds. You can download or stream it anywhere you get music today. Revisit the Judgement Night soundtrack album or listen to it for the first time.