Loving “I Hate You”

Why would the soundtrack to “Star Trek IV” be in the news again? After all, the movie came out in 1986.

We can thank an expanded edition of the soundtrack released by Intrada a few months ago.

I always loved this album. Composer Leonard Rosenman (“Rebel Without A Cause,” “Fantastic Voyage”) brought a new sound to “Star Trek” to match the wit and humour of the script. The music was just as refreshing as the story itself.

The new disc has a lot going for it. Alternate cues. Unreleased takes. New material. But why this re-release put such a big smile on my face is the inclusion of a track entitled “I Hate You.” It was heard during one of the movie’s many lighter moments. You will remember it well. A “punk on the bus” refuses to turn down his loud and obnoxious music, so Spock takes matters into his own hands – literally – by giving him a Vulcan neck pinch. He wins a round of applause from fellow bus riders, including Captain Kirk.

This track includes such memorable lyrics as:

The sins of all our fathers, being dumped on us the sons.

The only choice we’re given is how many megatons?

And I eschew you! And I say, screw you!

Like many others, I tried to learn more about this song by scrutinizing the film’s end credits, which state the composer as “Edge of Etiquette.” But that was a dead end. Indeed, the brains behind it was “Star Trek IV” associate producer Kirk Thatcher, who not only wrote the lyrics – he played the punk as well!

The song appears for the first time on this re-released soundtrack, and if you want to laugh like you did the first time you saw this movie, I suggest you pick up this disc. It’s the best 20 bucks I’ve spent in 2012.


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