Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cruel and Unusual film-makers

Entertainment Weekly has an item on The Watchmen movie's director/producer team of Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Wesley Coller launching a website for their own Hollywood production company.

In the Lounge of Cruel and Unusual Films, the creative trio list their pop culture delights - movies, books and music. Sound-wise, they're digging the Jimi Hendrix version of "All Along the Watchtower" and Allison Crowe's Hallelujah cover.

Much as seeing a mountain of haggis in my local supermarket triggers memories, so, too, does this musical connection.

A few years back, a national Canadian news magazine, Macleans, interviewed Allison, asking her favourite, classic, jazz and rock recordings.

Her top classic rock picks included Janis Joplin's "Me and Bobby McGee" and the Hendrix version of Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" - both tracks will be heard in the upcoming Watchmen movie.

Add to these, Cohen's song that's currently sweeping the world, recordings from some of my all-time fave singers, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, songwriters, and composers, and, the soundtrack alone appears worth the admission:

Desolation Row
- My Chemical Romance
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
Me & Bobby McGee - Janis Joplin
I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
You're My Thrill - Billie Holiday
Pruit Igoe & Prophecies - The Philip Glass Ensemble
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix
Ride of the Valkyries - Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Pirate Jenny - Nina Simone* (*end credits of the "Tales From The Black Freighter" DVD).

The studio promises these iconic recordings "once heard in the context of the film, will never be thought of the same way again."

Here's wishing the Cruel and Unusual crew great success, and, sending big thanks, as well, for listening to, and sharing, Allison's music.

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Blogger musicobsessive said...

This looks really interesting! I'll keep a watch out for it.

1:33 AM  
Blogger Adrian said...

Indeed, I've become familiar with the graphic novel and movie because of the music involved - and, it's got me very interested!

Now, as long as there is no pilling visible on the crime-fighters' costumes...

12:15 AM  

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