The soundtrack boasts five original David Bowie songs that have long held a special place in the hearts of Bowie fans of a certain generation. Bowie’s turn in the film came smack bang in the middle of a decade during which he made a concerted effort to reach a new, mainstream audience – and he duly accomplished that mission with his performance as Jareth The Goblin King.
“I was pretty well hooked from the beginning,” Bowie told Movieline magazine in 1986, recalling his first meeting with creator Jim Henson. “I’d always wanted to be involved in the music-writing aspect of a movie that would appeal to children of all ages, as well as everyone else,” he said, adding that Jim Henson gave him “a completely free hand” with the music.
The results included the widescreen balladry of ‘As The World Falls Down’, the haunting ‘Underground’ and the high-camp cult classic ‘Magic Dance’, which was performed in the film by Bowie, surrounded by some of Jim Henson’s finest puppet creations.
Nestled alongside Bowie’s original songs, the synth instrumentals created by South African composer Trevor Jones (who also composed the score for Jim Henson’s equally beloved movie The Dark Crystal, along with the 80s noir of Angel Heart) struck the perfect tone for the fantasy movie. Now remastered at Capitol Studios.