1992 was not only a banner year for movies, it was also a banner year for movie music – more than the Academy Award category for Best Song could adequately capture with only five nominations. They were:
“Beautiful Maria of My Soul” from The Mambo Kings – Music by Robert Kraft; Lyrics by Arne Glimcher
“Friend Like Me” from Aladdin – Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashman (posthumous nomination)
“I Have Nothing” from The Bodyguard – Music by David Foster; Lyrics by Linda Thompson
“Run to You” from The Bodyguard – Music by Jud Friedman; Lyrics by Allan Rich
“A Whole New World” from Aladdin – Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Tim Rice)
That’s all – five songs covering three movies from the year. What else could have been nominated? Below is one idea:
Francis Ford Coppola’s over-the-top Bram Stoker’s Dracula had plenty to offer, from gorgeous costumes to stunning visual effects. It also had a great song, written and performed one of the all-time greats, Annie Lennox: “Love Song For a Vampire.” A bigger hit abroad, “Love Song” is a haunting and romantic ballad that perfectly compliments the (sometimes maddening) gothic Grand Guignol of the film. (Eurythmics stalwart Sophie Muller, who won a a Grammy Award for Annie Lennox’s 1992 Diva video album and an MTV Video Music Award for Lennox’s song “Why,” directed the music video, going onto a prolific career helming videos for artists like Blur, Garbage, and No Doubt.)
Check the song out. Once you hear it, you’ll never forget it.
This is part of an ongoing series in which I look back at some of the forgotten movie music of 1992.