Pete Townshend Reveals He Turned Down Writing ‘Blade Runner’ Soundtrack

Pete Townshend has revealed that he turned down an offer to write the soundtrack for the 1982 classic science fiction film, Blade Runner.

“I worked on the music with (director) Ken Russell for his adaptation of Tommy. And when I finished, after sort of six months of working with him, I took him aside and I said I would never ever ever work on a movie ever again, this is the worst thing that’s ever happened to me, and I don’t even really like the film! But I love Ken Russell, he’s fantastic,” Townshend said in an interview with

The Who guitarist recalls that it was then that editor Terry Rawlings gave him the script of Blade Runner to look at, but he rejected it as he was so exhausted from scoring the 1975 film version of Tommy.

“He said, ‘You must read this, mate, you must read this, it’s fantastic it’s by a guy called Ridley Scott,” Townshend recalled. “And I said, ‘I’m not doing any more films!’ and I read the script, and I thought ‘this is rubbish,’ and I said to him ‘it’s rubbish, and I’m not doing any more films for you,’ and it was… ‘Blade Runner.'”

Source: RTT Music News

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