Well, it’s been a hell of a year. For all of us.
First of all, wow. This is the first time in a few years where I’ve genuinely had to have a serious whittle down of my favourite scores of the year to create a decent top ten. The results will be published in the new year with our 2014 post-mortem, but let’s just go through some of the great music that’s come to us this year. Deep breath – Under The Skin, Gone Girl, The Monuments Men, Noah, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Fury, Birdman, The Theory of Everything, Godzilla, Inherent Vice, The Hobbit 3, Maleficent, The Imitation Game, Nightcrawler, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay 1, The Homesman, Interstellar – and tons more. Vinyl has continued it’s boom, and we’ve seen the colour gimmick pushed to the hilt with stuff like blood-filled LPs, but some amazing consistency and great achievements. One massive deal was Mondo acquiring Spencer and Death Waltz – that’ll no doubt birth something great in the new year.
But what else will 2015 bring? Well, there are a ton of blockbusters heading our way – I’ll let you decide whether or not that’s a good thing, but we’ll have some massive new scores by Brian Tyler (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World), and John Williams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens). On that last note, 2014 did see the first bit of original Star Wars music in almost ten years with the launch of that amazing trailer for Episode VII, itself scored specifically by Williams.
2015 will also see a few changes here as well, as we have a little spring clean and see what we can do to bring you more of the content you deserve. We’ll be shortening some of our reviews as standard, and will be looking to spend more time on articles and regular features, as well as much more of a focus on vinyl – after all, we are called Films On Wax. But I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard for us this year to get us to where we are – that’s Karol Krok, Becky Grace Lea, Stuart Barr, Nick Spacek, Nuts4R2, Moxie McMurder, Jim Ware, Tony Sower, Dan Mills, Mikko Ojala – and a big shout out to the various record labels and PR companies who have provided stuff for us to review.
Finally, our thanks to you, the reader. It’s not easy to try and make a splash in such a niche area where there are already some pretty damn good sites out there, but we seem to have established ourselves okay, and that’s down to all of you. So raise a glass to yourselves during whatever you find yourself doing tomorrow, and keep safe. We’ll be on our twitter account over the holiday period, so give us a shout if you want, and we’ll be back fighting fit in the new year.
After a bloody long nap.