- Alan Parker initially wanted to use existing songs by Vangelis for the soundtrack of “Midnight Express”
- Peter Gruber insisted on him to consider using a original score by disco producer Giorgio Moroder, which would be less expensive
- Moroder was signed to Casablanca Records. Casablanca Pictures was producing the film.
- Moroder was eager to enter the movie soundtrack business.
- This was the first soundtrack made with synthesizers – much cheaper than a full orchestra
- Columbia Pictures were initially opposed to use a “disco” track for the chase scene.
- Vangelind wound up making the soundtrack of Charriots of Fire
- In the end it worked. Moroder got an Oscar and the film got a memorable soundtrack.
All this come from the bonus features in the blu-ray edition of Midnight Express.