Music in The Stand

I was watching some of Stephen King’s 1994 miniseries The Stand last night, and I was a little disappointed with my VHS tape of the first half. The picture is fine, but the sound gets loud, then soft, then loud again. I wouldn’t mind either sound quality, as long as the sound stayed the same!

I’m posting here two of my favorite parts from the movie so I can access them anytime I want.

1. The Stand, intro (Don’t fear the reaper)

This is from the opening scene of the whole miniseries, and it is powerful for three reasons. First, although I don’t believe in suicide, I like the song “Don’t Fear the Reaper”–in terms of the music, not the words. Second, the scene really hits home the effects of the “Captain Tripps” virus. Here were ordinary people who died in the midst of their day-to-day routine, and in great numbers, too. It was sad, and yet, in a sense, some of them had brought it upon themselves, since they were part of the government facility that had created the virus. And, third, I liked watching the list of actors. Some were established veteran actors in their own right (Ray Walston, Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis). Some were becoming famous at the time (Gary Sinise for Forrest Gump). Some were famous for a role that they had played in the past (Molly Ringwald in The Breakfast Club, Max Wright in ALF). And some would become famous sometime after The Stand (Laura San Giacoma for Just Shoot Me, Rob Lowe for The West Wing).

2. Stephen King’s The Stand ~ Crowded House

This is from the opening scene for Part II, “The Dreams.” Fran’s father had just passed away, and Harold Lauder came to comfort her. Harold had always had a crush on Fran, but she had gently rejected him because he was a nerd–she preferred the rough, motorcycle-riding type! Now, Harold and Fran are the only two survivors in their town, the rest of which was wiped out by the plague. As the Crowded House song plays, Fran lays her head on Harold, who doesn’t quite know what to do. He hesitates to put his hand on her. Then, the scene surveys the effects of the plague on a broader scale.

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. I study the History of Biblical Interpretation at Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio, as part of its Ph.D. program. I have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting.
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2 Responses to Music in The Stand

  1. Kathe says:

    These two songs from The Stand are haunting. Every time I hear them, a feeling comes over me that is what I felt when watching those scenes. I was trying to find a list of the songs from that miniseries, but most listed the instrumental soundtrack. I’m so glad I stumbled upon your site.

    The Youtube link for the Crowded House song is no longer available though.

    Thanks for “rambling” about the music. Will have to read some of your other ramblings…

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  2. jamesbradfordpate says:

    Yeah, that link is dead! But, if you’re interested in the song, it’s called “Don’t Dream It’s Over.”

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