I THOUGHT THE SOUNDTRACK FOR THE GREAT GATSBY WAS CLEVER, AND HEAR ME OUT ON THIS.
I am seeing loads of people who didn’t like the soundtrack for Gatsby. I can see why you wouldn’t like it, its set in the twenties and would probably have twenties music. I actually thought it was incredibly clever to use hip-hop and rap and modern music as the soundtrack. Hear me out on this. So, in the 20’s, jazz music was considered the work of the devil, the root of evil, and generally a bad thing. In Chicago(the musical) there’s that line “Stay away from Jazz and liquor”. So Gatsby’s parties were incredibly edgy with his booze and burlesque dancers and people from all walks of life and his scary, new-fangled music.
So when you consider what the popular opinion of Hip-hop and Rap music among conservatives and stuffy people, it makes a great deal of sense. People think of that music as a bit edgy. If the music at Gatsby’s party and in general had been contemporary jazz, we wouldn’t have gotten the same feelings that we got from the modern music.Don’t get me wrong, I am an enormous fan of old jazz, its like three quarters of my iTunes Library, but it would have come across as vintage, quaint, or even boring to some people. But with the rap and the hip hop and the pop music, we see how crazy his parties were on a scale we understand. We comprehend through the zeitgeist.