Fight Club has grown to become one of the most formative movies in many a millennial's life. It's a film which has enough intelligence, pace, style and wit to capture youthful attention without slowing down to give the viewer time to ask any major questions about its sincerity. For many, it's a certified (cult) classic despite its age. The impact of Fight Club on film cannot be ignored and its soundtrack featured some particularly glittering moments of brilliance.

Fight Club is a watershed film; for many, including myself, it was a case of life Before Fight Club and life After Fight Club. The angry, angsty plot and 'fuck the system' mentality places the film in a revered position for a generation who were raised on gangster movies and hollow Hollywood blockbusters. It's tailor-made for teenage boy obsession and this is a big reason why it ranks so highly in the IMDB Top 250 despite its mixed reviews by critics.

To see Fight Club as nothing more than a 'fuck the system' film is just a surface reading. To look at the fight scenes and the actions of Project Mayhem as anything virtuous is to misread the genius of Fight Club. It's a complete parody of anarchy and of kneejerk theories proclaimed to right the wrongs of an incredibly entitled generation. It's with a wry smile that I recall my own impassioned teenage reaction to Brad Pitt's grand speech:

"Man, I see in Fight Club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables - slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."

According to the DVD commentary, director David Fincher had pursued Radiohead to score the film - a possibility which we can only dream of in hindsight. He ended up choosing to work with LA-based producers The Dust Brothers. As a duo, they produced Beck's Odelay and Hanson's 'MMMBop' which is as bizarre a pairing as you could muster. Separately, E.Z. Mike/ Michael Simpson had scored Freddie Got Fingered and Road Trip, and his partner King Kizmo/ John King's most notable score came in the Tenacious D film, The Pick of Destiny. They hardly have the highest pedigree but their murky, electronic-inspired score to Fight Club worked a treat.

The Dust Brothers' aggressive electronic beats match the brooding tone of the movie. The opening scene depicts the synapses of the brain firing off when panic sets in. The harsh drum beat and dark snarling synthesisers mix with background effects that sound like alarms and moans of pain. The beat's intensity is a powerful intro to the film - setting up for an action-heavy sequence but in reality opening with a man seated in a chair (albeit with a pistol lodged in his mouth.)

It's pretty straightforward to pick out the influences in the music of The Dust Brothers - a pinch of Portishead, a cup of Chemical Brothers and a pail of Nine Inch Nails. It's easy to see why Fincher lapped up their score and also why he later chose to work alongside NIN's Trent Reznor for many of his later films. The unsettling nature of Reznor's music was perfect for Fight Club but he wasn't at a point to offer his services in such a way. The Dust Brothers also had a knack of producing music which parodied and mashed up the typical American shopping mall music of the '80s and '90s. The kind of music that is supposed to empower shoppers and make them feel in control - and by extension buy more stuff. This ends up sounding like what one reviewer called 'Badalamenti-on-acid' and is showcased nicely on the track 'Marla.'

As good as The Dust Brothers' original compositions were, the iconic soundtrack moment in Fight Club comes as The Pixies' 'Where is My Mind?' creeps in to score the final emotional climax of the film. It's one of cinema's perfect endings and this high praise is in no small part down to the masterful timing of the song's introduction - the introductory chords strum quietly and build into the main riff which hits as the first building collapses. As the buildings fall and Project Mayhem's directionless chaos comes to an end, Edward Norton's Tyler realises he has changed and his early mid-life crisis was a little OTT to say the least. The question 'where is my(/his) mind?' lingers and is answered with one of the most bittersweetly comic final film lines of dialogue: "You met me at a very strange time in my life."