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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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The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou

"The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou" (2004)
Notes:
"The Life Aquatic" had the most complete soundtrack-to-film ratio of any of the director's films to date -- thanks to Seu Jorge's extra David Bowie covers being released on the 2005 record The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge. However, Sigur Ros's "Staralfur," which scores the emotional climax, has never been included on any release.

The trailer for the film was scored in part by New Order's "Ceremony," but the track doesn't feature in the film. As for the music of Sven Libaek, the director was introduced to the composer by actor Noah Taylor (Libaek had written the music for a 1974 oceanographic film called "Inner Space" narrated by William Shatner). Anderson and music supervisor Randall Poster picked up the rights to Libaek's entire body of work, and used them as some of Taylor's character's compositions in the film-within-the-film (Mark Mothersbaugh contributed the rest).  

"The Darjeeling Limited" (2007)
Notes:
The first Wes Anderson film to go without a score, instead mostly utilizing songs found in the films of the great Indian filmmaking auteur Satyajit Ray (with many of the cuts composed by the multi-talented Ray himself). Almost every bit of music from the film was included on the soundtrack for "The Darjeeling Limited." Key missing tracks include Debussy's wonderfully melancholy "Clair de Lune (Suite Bergamasque),"  Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7 in A, Op. 92" (used in the flashback on-the-way-to-the-funeral scene), and a few Ravi Shankar tracks. It's not 100% clear what they are, but it apppears to be the title music recycled from Ray's "Aparajito" and "Apur Sansar." It also marks the first time that Mark Mothersbaugh didn't work on one of Anderson's films (the composer returns to the fold with a contribution to "Moonrise Kingdom"), and the first time that The Rolling Stones actually ended up on the soundtrack.


"Fantastic Mr. Fox" (2009)
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Again the music of "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is well represented, in part because Alexandre Desplat's score got a separate release on a second disc after the initial soundtrack. But there is one notable absence: the third Beach Boys song to feature in the film, "I Get Around," isn't on the OST.

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


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