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Make Your Own Mixtape: 17 Songs From Wes Anderson's Films That Are Not On The Official Soundtracks

Photo of Rodrigo Perez By Rodrigo Perez | The Playlist May 25, 2012 at 1:34PM

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.
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Rushmore

"Rushmore" (1998)
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Anderson's original plan was that the film would be scored entirely by The Kinks, saying in the soundtrack liner notes: "I thought this made sense because the Kinks played loud, angry teenage rock and they wore blazers and ties; and our movie is about a teenager who is loud and angry and is almost never seen without a blazer and tie." In the end, they ended up using a selection mostly from other British Invasion bands, inspired by "School Movie Music" mixtapes that Anderson and co-writer Owen Wilson made and played on set. Not everything made it into the soundtrack release, however: Paul Desmond's "Take Ten," Donovan's "Jersey Thursday, The Rolling Stones' "I Am Waiting" and The Vince Guaraldi Trio's "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" are all absent, as is Django Reinhardt's "Manoir de Mes Reves." And if we're being pedantic, the film uses the live version of The Who's "He's A Quick One While He's Away" from The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus TV show & soundtrack, while the soundtrack cut comes from the band's Live At Leeds. A quibble, but a crucial difference. Why? "Rock and Roll Circus" was shot in 1968, but only released as a film in 1996 and the DVD didn't arrive until 2004. The reason for the delay? Well, The Who had been touring non-stop, so by the time they played the Rock And Roll Circus concert (which featured acts like Marianne Faithfull, John Lennon, The Stones and Jethro Tull), they were a lightning-hot fire of live action. They essentially usurped the Stones at their own show and the Stones knew it, burying the release for years because of it. Watch one of the most furious, raucous live performances ever below (and then listen to the album version and Live At Leeds to compare how more awesome this version is; it's no wonder Anderson and Poster picked this version).

The Royal Tenenbaums

"The Royal Tenenbaums" (2001)
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The initial soundtrack release, in 2001, actually had a lot missing, including Paul Simon's "Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," John Lennon's "Look at Me" (the Anthology version) and The Mutato Muzika Orchestra's version of The Beatles' "Hey Jude." These were restored in a 2002 re-issue, but that still missed a number of other tracks included in the film: the back-to-back Rolling Stones tracks, "She Smiled Sweetly" and "Ruby Tuesday," Erik Satie's "Gymnopédie no. 1," Van Morrison's "Everyone," The Clash's "Rock The Casbah" (The Clash being a recurring motif for Owen Wilson's character Eli) and Bob Dylan's "Billy" taken from the "Pat Garett & Billy The Kid" soundtrack that Dylan scored in 1973 (a track that Anderson originally wanted for the end of "Bottle Rocket").

There were also various other tracks present in earlier cuts that never made it into the film. We saw a very early screening of 'Tenenbaums' in L.A. in 2001, where the film opened with The Beatles' version of "Hey Jude," and the ending scored to the band's "I'm Looking Through You" (the Anthology 3 version; very different from the Rubber Soul cut). The rights couldn't be attained, and Anderson asked Elliot Smith to record a "Hey Jude" cover, but the musician was deep in the midst of drugs and depression. Anderson told EW in 2004 "He was in a bad state and just wasn't able to" (though eyewitness accounts say an Elliott Smith version was heard at certain screenings, but then was scrapped). Instead, Mark Mothersbaugh re-recorded a new version with his Mutato Muzika Orchestra (Mothersbaugh's full score has still never been released, although there was a CD sent out to Oscar voters at the end of 2001 that's pretty easy to find online). The director also tried the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B" for the conclusion before the Van Morrison track that's in the final cut was selected.

This article is related to: Wes Anderson, Moonrise Kingdom, Features, Soundtrack


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