Today sees the latest film from director Wes Anderson, "Moonrise Kingdom," hit theaters, and consistent with the music-obsessed filmmaker's work, it's as much a treat for the ears as it is for the eyes. 'Moonrise' boasts another soundtrack of unexpected cuts assembled with the great music supervisor Randall Poster, including Francoise Hardy, Hank Williams, and for the first time, a significant amount of classical music including Benjamin Britten and Leonard Bernstein. And if that's not enough, there's also additional pieces by Alexandre Desplat and drum percussion by old musical cohort Mark Mothersbaugh.
But as is the case with most films, not everything's on the official soundtrack release, which is in stores now: the movie features three additional Hank Williams songs, and pieces by Mozart and Schubert that aren't included on the disc. Given that Anderson's films are so replete with music, the soundtracks have quite often left out key songs for licensing or other reasons, though nontheless providing an economic and enjoyable listening experience that doesn't go on forever. To celebrate the release of "Moonrise Kingdom," we've compiled a little playlist of the songs absent from Anderson's soundtracks through the years. You can find the tracklisting below, along with notes on the music of each of his films to date. And on the later pages, you'll find a Spotify playlist and YouTube videos of all the songs, but we'll provide some samples throughout.
The Missing Music Of Wes Anderson
1. "2000 Man" - The Rolling Stones (from "Bottle Rocket")
2. "7 And 7 Is" - Love (from "Bottle Rocket")
3. "Alone Again Or" - Love (from "Bottle Rocket")
4. "Préndeme La Vela" - Abelardo Vásquez (from "Bottle Rocket")
5. "Take Ten" - Paul Desmond (from "Rushmore")
6. "Jersey Thursday" - Donovan (from "Rushmore")
7. "I Am Waiting" - The Rolling Stones (from "Rushmore")
8. "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - Vince Guaraldi Trio (from "Rushmore")
9. "Manoir de Men Reves" - Django Reinhardt (from "Rushmore")
10. "Everyone" - Van Morrison (from "The Royal Tenenbaums")
11. "Gymnopedie No. 1" - Erik Satie (from "The Royal Tenenbaums")
12. "She Smiled Sweetly" - The Rolling Stones (from "The Royal Tenenbaums")
13.. "Ruby Tuesday" - The Rolling Stones (from "The Royal Tenenbaums")
14. "Billy" - Bob Dylan (from "The Royal Tenenbaums")
15. "Rock The Casbah" - The Clash (from "The Royal Tenenbaums")
16. "Staralfur" - Sigur Ros (from "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou")
17. "I Get Around" - The Beach Boys (from "Fantastic Mr. Fox")
"Bottle Rocket" (1996)
When Anthony and Dignan (Luke and Owen Wilson) rob Anthony's home, the scene is set to "7 And 7 Is" by psychedelic favorites Love. The band are featured again later when "Alone Or Again" is played as Anthony runs to Inez (Lumi Cavazos) after winning his friend's approval. Meanwhile, "2000 Man" by The Rolling Stones is played as Dignan is chased by the police. Aside from "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou," and now "Moonrise Kingdom," the Stones have featured in every Anderson film, but only started appearing on the soundtracks with "The Darjeeling Limited." Finally, Anthony falling for Inez is scored lightly by Paraguayan afro-cantador Alberto Vazquez, with his song "Prendeme La Vela," arguably the film's stand-out track if you're not a classic rocker or just prefer deep cuts.
The original short film version of "Bottle Rocket" had a very different soundtrack (a digital release came belatedly in 2008), but featured a few artists that Anderson would return to over the years. Vince Guaraldi has a couple of tracks, "Happiness Is" and "Skating," while Zoot Sims, who returned in "Rushmore," had "Jane-O." Also used are "Old Devil Moon" by Sonny Rollins, "The Route" by Chet Baker, and "Stevie" by Duke Ellington.