'American Gigolo' on Showtime: How does the soundtrack for new series compare to original?
Jon Bernthal is starring in the reprised Showtime series version of 'American Gigolo' as Julian Kaye, a man trying to reinvent his life after being 15 years in prison for a wrongful conviction. The 1980 movie is notable for establishing Richard Gere as a leading man and was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to include frontal male nudity from its main star. It is also notable for its Golden Globe Award-nominated musical score, composed by Giorgio Moroder, and the number-one single 'Call Me' by Blondie. In 1981, the song was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal. Let's hope this crime drama series will keep its audience on the edge of their seats, while reviving memories of the original.
Showtime already released two official trailers, and in both cases, the song was an exciting part of the teaser. The song featured in the first official trailer of Showtime’s 'American Gigolo' series is 'Call Me' by Blondie, whereas the track in the second trailer is 'Burning' by Yeah Yeah Yeahs. 'Burning' is a brand new song, released on August 12. On the other hand, 'Call Me' is a famous pop song from 1980 that many still get nostalgic about. It was also the theme song of the original movie released in 1980.
Nothing more has been revealed yet about the new TV show's soundtrack, but the presence of these two essential songs reflect the mood the show creators want to evoke. Sounds like we'll soon have one banging new soundtrack to rock out to. While the names behind the music curation for the show have not been revealed, it is possible that contemporary artists have been roped in for some singles while other tracks will pay tribute to the original film. Wondering what songs were there in the OG film? Here is the list for you!
'Call Me' by Blondie is the lead song for the soundtrack and was played during the film's intro. The song 'Love and Passion' was written by director Paul Schrader and Moroder and was performed by Cheryl Barnes, and can be heard in the movie in the gay nightclub scene. The Giorgio Moroder instrumental 'The Seduction (Love Theme)' was also recorded by German bandleader James Last as a saxophone tune featuring David Sanborn. American Gigolo was one of two soundtrack albums to be written and produced by Moroder in 1980, the other being Foxes, which included Donna Summer's hit single 'On the Radio' as well as tracks by Janis Ian and Cher.
The movie broke many bounds and the songs were just as iconic as the movie, let's hope the Showtime series live up to people's expectation and so does the selected tracks on it. Stream the premiere on September 9, 2022, only on Showtime.
You can watch 'American Gigolo's official trailer below: