Australian musician whose signature style is a dark blend of electronics and orchestra. To date he has completed only one album, 2002's Furious Angels
, which includes his most famous calling card "Clubbed To Death" together with a load of other tracks you definitely will
have heard in the background of TV and film. Apart from the album, he hasn't done a lot else under his own name (one original track on The Matrix Reloaded
soundtrack and an uncharacteristic hard house style early single "Hard Times").
Tropes seen in Rob Dougan's work:
- Album Intro Track: The literally-named "Prelude".
- Drunken Song: "Drinking Song"
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Prelude" is a prelude; "Instrumental" is an instrumental (specifically, it's a strings-only version of "One And The Same"); "Pause" is a silent pause between actual songs.
- Executive Meddling: Averted. One of the reasons that Furious Angels took so long to make was that Rob decided he didn't want to deal with this and so made - and funded - it himself without label backing. And those orchestras don't come cheap.
- Gratuitous Japanese: "Clubbed To Death (kuryamino variation)". It means "belonging to darkness".
- Gratuitous Panning: "Prelude" is deliberately mixed like this in order to have a disconcerting effect.
- Harmless Musician, Scary Music
- Harsh Vocals
- Hitless Hit Album: Furious Angels was this when it came out. A couple of years later, a reissue of "Clubbed to Death" hobbled into the top 30, but it was never a huge hit single.
- Left for Dead: "Left Me For Dead"
- Not Good With Rejection: The narrator of the song "Furious Angels".
- One Album Artist: Subject to revision of course, but Furious Angels came out in 2002 and there's still no sign of a follow-up.
- Reclusive Artist
- Recycled Trailer Music: And how! Who needs to release singles or play live to promote an album, when producers and editors love the music so much they plaster it over everything?
- The Shelf of Music Languishment: One of the few things Rob is known to have done since Furious Angels is a remix of Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" (complete with newly-recorded orchestra). However, the Sinatra remix project for which was commissioned was abandoned and the track has never seen the light of day.
- Stalker with a Crush: "There's Only Me"
- Standard Snippet: "Clubbed To Death" was used so much as tension music on TV, it became a cliche. "Furious Angels" is almost as bad, being called upon whenever someone wants a track with the feel of "Clubbed To Death" without actually being "Clubbed To Death".
- Surprisingly Gentle Song: "Drinking Song". It's also the one proper track on the album that *doesn't* get constantly recycled as background music.
- Taking You with Me: "Left Me For Dead"
- Vocal Dissonance: Looks like he could be the "hard" one in a boy band. Actually has a grizzly growly singing voice the merits of which divide the fans.