It’s not too uncommon for movie soundtracks to get the parental advisory label, as they’re usually comprised of songs that can exist separate from a particular film. But musical scores, which are typically wordless, have never received any such label — until now. The score for Deadpool 2 just became the first musical composition for a film to receive the parental advisory label for explicit language that is not suitable for children. That seems right given the track titles “Pity Dick” and “Make the Whole World Our Bitch.”
The parental advisory label was first introduced by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1985 and was printed onto the physical copies of albums or singles that use explicit language or adult themes. While you may feel like you see fewer of them than you did in the 1990s or early aughts, the label is still used on certain digital releases, which are more common in 2018. The original Deadpool score did not receive a warning, but after the success of the first film, the filmmakers doubled down. Deadpool 2, which has been generally well received, is incredibly violent and profane. The score too.
The track “You Can’t Stop This Mother Fucker,” for example, has all the trappings of a heart-pounding, brass-heavy, operatic score that one would expect to hear in a Christopher Nolan movie, but the lyrics seem a little undercooked. A massive chorus of people simply sing the words, “You can’t stop him/You can’t stop this mother fucker/Holy shit balls/ Oh holy shit.”
According to the composer Tyler Bates, the score came together “very spontaneously” and was often not planned until about an hour before they were to be recorded. That sounds right.