From the Vault: Running Up that Hill with The Chocolate War
The Chocolate War was released 20 years ago this week. “What’s The Chocolate War?” you are probably asking. I don’t remember whether the movie was popular or not. I missed it completely the first time around. But about two months ago, I was talking about soundtracks (as I am apt to do) and a newly made friend asked me if I had ever seen The Chocolate War. Nope.
Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and Yaz. That’s all he had to say. So top of the list it went. And the following weekend, I snurled on the couch and watched the movie. It’s about the politics of high school, but in a darker, not really funny non-Breakfast Club kind of way. In fact, it’s probably the anti-John Hughes . In which case, John Glover, the head Catholic schoolmaster would be playing the role of Principle Vernon. Instead of handing out detentions, Glover manipulates the student body into selling copious numbers of chocolate bars to fund his pet projects/vices.
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It flashed me back to Kate Bush’s original that was a haunting presence in The Chocolate War
And if that weren’t enough. The score of the movie is essentially sliced up segments of Peter Gabriel’s We Do What We’re Told (Milgram’s 37). Peter Gabriel rarely contributes music to movies. There was The Passion of the Christ soundtrack which he recorded and then was summarily scrubbed from the film, but other than that, his music is rarely used. He gave special permission for the use of his music in The Chocolate War because of the movie’s theme about human rights. (See info about the obedience experiments run by Professor Milgram and his 37 students).
Here’s Peter Gabriel’s haunting video for We Do What We’re Told: