5 soundtrack songs that were replaced at the last minute (Vol. IX)

5 soundtrack songs that were replaced at the last minute (Vol. IX) RETROIST

Previously on Geeknifty, we have shown eight volumes (One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight) of songs from movie soundtracks that had to be taken out for one of many reasons. We looked at five more movies to see what was cut, and we found everything from “Good, but a little too bittersweet” to “This song inspired legends”. And....well, you can find out the rest for yourself, starting with...


Like Michael Jordan's first time retiring in 1993, You Only Live Twice was Sean Connery's first of three official times of leaving a franchise. For his farewell Frank Sinatra's daughter Nancy sang him out on the slow and Japanese-tinged title track that she took up after her dad couldn't do it:

Nancy wasn't always the first choice (Well, second choice with Frank saying no). Little-known Lorraine Chandler originally had the track sang out at one point:

And the Beach Boys of all bands gave their own go, coming up with the instrumental “Run James Run”:

Nancy was chosen over them, but “Run James Run” was soon renamed “Pet Sounds” and helped inspire the album of the same name, now widely regarded as one of the best albums ever made.


The first Disney movie after The Lion King, Pocahontas started downhill after the Disney renaissance peak. And although reviews started slipping, catchy songs did not, with Pocahontas's singer, Judy Kuhn, making a many new earworms like “Just Around the Riverbend”:

Like with most Disney movies, there was just too much going in, and some of these songs had to be cut. While there were several being decided, the song of Pocahontas and John Smith singing about how they wouldn't have been in danger if they hadn't met each other, “If I Never Knew You” was chosen.

With a downer song out, the bittersweet ending became a bit more bearable, and Pocahontas was ready for theaters.


One of the few movies ever where people paid to go see another movie just to see it's trailer, the 1989 version of Batman had rich soundtrack to help create a feel for the Batman world, with Danny Elfman orchestrating most of the songs (including the iconic theme):

Also making the film were a few Prince songs, like scandalous, which were remnants of what was supposed to be an all Prince soundtrack:

As it turns out, Tim Burton had used Prince songs as placeholders. Those worked out so well that Burton and the studio asked him to make an entire movies worth of music. While the studio was happy, Burton was not, and he decided to keep most of Elfman's work, although Prince did get to release his all-Batman album, which included songs like “Dance With the Devil”:

The album hit Billboard number One, which, with Elfman's score, created a Batman symbiosis which set the down for most of the rest of 1989.


Miami Vice. Even saying that brings back memories of pastels, legwarmers, Reagan and amazing synthesizer openings as played by Jan Hammer:

For the 2006 movie version of the series, they decided to go in a whole different direction. Jan Hammer was rejected for a more modern take by Organized Noize:

The Farrell-Foxx joint nearly wasn't the same though music wise. RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan originally had a closer to the original version:

But, the much more Miami-ish, 80's techno version by RZA was turned down in favor of the modern version, and only part of the replaced main theme survives today.


After Freaks but before The Room showed up, The Rocky Horror Picture Show was THE midnight movie. A cult smash that is still incredibly popular today, the gothy, mixed-genre, transvestite, Tim Curry-filled film hit many buttons and included many great songs, like "Timewarp":

Much like other movies, time was an issue and two songs needed to be cut. One near the end, “Superheroes” had to go:

As did a song that occurred in between two many songs in a stretch of the movie, “Once in a While”:

Despite them being cut (and being on certain select prints of the movie) the film still worked and became the mega-popular film it is still today.

While some of these songs went straight to the cutting room floor, others inspired entirely new great works of art. If they had made it in, who knows what they would have done to the movies. Would they be so much better, or would pacing get thrown off? We may never know, but at the very least we got some excellent music out of it.

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