Soundtrack Review: Hired Gun

Soundtrack Review: Hired Gun

Hired Gun Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the documentary score Hired Gun by The Crystal Method & Tobias E Enhus.

At a glance:

Geek Score: 90.5
Total Minutes Of Excellence: 21.3
Album Excellence: 56.1%

How are the scores calculated and what does it mean?

Hired Gun is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Fran Stine and starring Kenny Aronoff, Phil Buckman & Phil Chen. Millions of fans have seen them and listened to them play the music of the famous stars who hired them. They are the "First Call, A-list" musicians, just 20 feet from stardom, yet rarely receive credit for their work. The ‘Hired Gun’ community lives and breathes music, and for the first time ever, they share their experiences with the highs and lows of touring life, the demands of session schedules, and the dedication required to play next to some of the world’s most iconic musicians. Hear incredible stories from Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel), Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), Rudy Szaro (Ozzy Osbourne), Steve Lukather (Michael Jackson), Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), Phil X (Bon Jovi), Eric Singer (KISS), Ray Parker Jr. (Ghostbusters), Justin Derrico (P!NK), and more! The score is composed by The Crystal Method & Tobias E Enhus.

As a fan of The Crystal Method back in the day, I couldn’t let this one pass me by. I know they have done some game, movie and TV work before, but I’ve never heard it apart from the main theme of Third Watch and Bones. I wonder if they and Tobias E Enhus bring that energy to this documentary. The opening stinger, all 13 seconds of it is bringing it, but with 13 seconds, I’m not sure what to do with that. However, ‘Not Getting Credit’ is the score proper, and the music is pretty great and energetic. A sort of mix of rock and electronica. Love that energy though. I want more of this. I’m less fan of the rock, more fan of the electronica currently which is why the next cue ‘NY Gang’ doesn’t quite fetch the same enthusiasm from me. But judging from the names they drop in the synopsis it would be weird not to have a go at the rock angle. They’re basically only rock names.

Some cues feature some of the musicians portrayed such as Justin Chancellor, Liberty Devitto, Brian West and Justin Derrico. They add their own flair to this score but personally I enjoy it the most when The Crystal Method can do their own thing and just play with it. Now I did say I wanted energy and parts of the score has that, but what a lovely minimalistic and calm music they present in parts of the score like ‘We Miss Doug’. I’m definitely on board with that. I hear a little bit of that old Crystal Method sound in ‘Filter Nails’, but needs a little bit more pace. Still cool. It may not be The Crystal Method as I remember them, but together with Enhus they have created a fun and interesting documentary score.

2. Not Getting Credit
5. Darker Weird Vibes
6. We Miss Doug
8. Liberty Loses His Gig
9. Rudy’s Peace With God
10. Filter Nails
14. Wake For Randy (Reprise)
15. We Miss Randy
16. Checks Stop Coming
18. Rudy’s Journey

GD Star Rating


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