Hear This: Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill loosened up the Judgment Night soundtrack

In Hear This, A.V. Club writers sing the praises of songs they know well. This week, we’re picking our favorite unlikely collaborations.

So much of the 1993 thriller Judgment Night has had the same staying power as Jeremy Piven’s natural hairline—everything that is, save for the soundtrack. Like the film, it’s a story of clashing cultures: Emilio Estevez’s gang of suburban dads battling Denis Leary’s gang of criminal stereotypes on screen; “alternative” rockers backing hip-hop artists on tape. But far more people took notice of the album, with the team-ups between Onyx and Biohazard, Helmet and House Of Pain, et al. presaging the sort of pummeling, puffed-up rap-rock that would dominate radio for the rest of the decade. Even today, the Judgment Night soundtrack remains a fascinating, fondly remembered artifact of mid-’90s America—far more so than Stephen Dorff.

While pairing Onyx …

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