Oldies/Song I heard in "Robocop 2".
I have a question that I hope you'll be able to help with. Recently, I was watching the movie "Robocop 2" and there's a scene in the movie where I heard a guy performing a violin version of Steppenwolf's song "Born To Be Wild" and even though it was a violin version I, surprisingly, liked it, in fact, I liked it better than the original version. So far, I tried finding this on itunes a few times already but it looks like they don't have it. I was wondering three things; 1)Is there a soundtrack for the movie "Robocop 2"? 2)If so, does it have the violin version of "Born To Be Wild"? 3)And, if it does, does it say who did this version of the song, or was it made just strictly for the movie?
I found the clip from Robocop 2 that you're referencing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6-Ak7fk9l8 The performer is Yogi Baird, a contortionist fiddler who became famous after appearing on the TV show That's Incredible in 1983 and then later featured in The National Inquirer tabloid. Here is a link to a bio: http://www.yogibaird.com/biography.php
Regarding your questions, there was a soundtrack to Robocop 2 released by the Varese Sarabande label, but it did not include this performance. It only contains the musical score for the movie. So, my guess is that the song was just done for the movie.
I don't know whether Yogi Baird has released his version of "Born To Be Wild" elsewhere. The bio/webpage references his third album which does not include the song. I can't locate information on the two previous albums. These were likely self-produced or produced by a small independent label and not distributed on a large scale.
I've asked Yogi directly (through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yogi.baird.52) whether his recording of "Born To Be Wild" is available anywhere. I haven't heard back yet, but if I get a response, I'll update this answer.