Soundtrack Review: The Philly Kid (2012)


The Philly Kid Soundtrack Review: This is a review of the film score The Philly Kid by Ian Honeyman.

“Now it might lack real standout cues, but the real-ness of this score, it just hits you and that’s something you can’t say about most scores.”

A Former NCAA champion wrestler is paroled after 10 years in prison. Now, to save a friend’s life, in a series of cage fights he must agree to do the impossible – lose. It’s directed by Jason Connery and starring Wes Chatham, Devon Sawa and Sarah butler. The score is composed by Ian Honeyman.

Track List

4. Fighting Gangsters 100
5. I Own You 80
6. Ace 80
7. The Kid Is Back 80
8. First Fight 80
11. Driving to LA Jim 80
12. Something Different 80
13. Dinner Love 100
14. Stabbing 80
15. Second Fight 80
17. Hit That F’n Thing 80
18. My Past Not Yours 80
19. Titov Round One 80
20. Two Hundred Thousand 60
21. I’d Be Dead 80
22. You Should Win 80
24. Titan Fight 80
25. Win 80
26. Cash In 60
27. Fight! 100

Some of you might know the name Ian Honeyman from his collaborations with Klaus Badelt. He has written music for dozens of feature films, short films and TV shows. The Philly Kid is a rough film about morality with the subtext of fighting. The score itself is a very dark and gritty score that goes to the heart of the film itself. I don’t know exactly what it is, but I love the overall sound of this score. It’s just something different, something you don’t hear much of in Hollywood. It feels real and authentic and that’s rare.

The opening score cue ‘Fighting Gangsters’ is as real as you get and it just might surprise you. It sets the tone of the score with some heavy hitting rhythms and synth bites. Great stuff! You also cues like ‘The Kid Is Back’ with some very southern bluesy sound to it which is a great addition to an already very interesting score.


Now it might lack real standout cues, but the real-ness of this score, it just hits you and that’s something you can’t say about most scores. It doesn’t feel like a factory-produced piece of Hollywood, but rather a score with soul and heart. If you feel like it, have a listen to the other parts of the soundtrack as well with artists such as Chucky Preston, Mark Bates, South Six and Daniel Rojas. It’s highly recommended and a great addition to the score by Ian Honeyman.


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Soundtrack Review: The Philly Kid (2012), 9.0 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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  • Chris E

    Not bad, currently listening to some of his other material on his website, and ‘Jock of the Bushveld’ is pretty good if you haven’t tried it yet.

    • soundtrackgeek

      Yep, Jock is pretty good.

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