Director Mark Pellington pulls out all stops, with Talking Heads, Beasties, the Cure, Joan Jett
PARK CITY -- This year I'll be reprising my role covering one angle of the Sundance fray, separating wheat and chaffe in scores and soundtracks.
Last year, big winners came not-coincidentally from two of my favorite films, period. "Blue Valentine"
and "Winter's Bone"
captured movement so easily in their music supervision and track choices, with the former laden with the heavy-lidded harmonies of Grizzly Bear and '50s pop heartbreak, the latter with authentic Ozarks folk and string musics.
There will be no dearth in compelling new projects this year, particularly when it comes to hip-hop
But I've already got my eye on a horsey whose casting (Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Rob Lowe) and story may be strange, but its soundtrack looks like perfect sense. "Melt With You" gets a 2011 remix of its namesake song from Modern English, but also another one of theirs too â€“ along with about two dozen, top-shelf classic new wave, modern rock and punk tracks, from the Clash and the Sex Pistols
, to X
and Dead Kennedys
, Talking Heads
to Cabaret Voltaire, to Grandmaster Flash and Sundance co-headliners Beastie Boys
I'm intrigued by the brutal teasers
that have been seeping out to promote "Melt With You“ these "men on the brink of enlightenment." If the emotion meets the time period and the rock star arc to these songs, everybody goes home happy and paid.
[More after the jump]
HitFix's Drew McWeeny, in speaking with Pellington publicist Bebe Lerner, was told that the director pulled out all the stops" all of his music video connects, favors, musical collaborators and friends“ to secure a top-notch, big-name final for the soundtrack.
I don't doubt it. Securing ALL these rights would be a flat-out miracle, and not just in terms of money. It's some of these acts' biggest tracks, thus those with the most legacy on the line, like "Just Like Honey, "Maggot Brain," "Debaser" and "Bad Reputation." And U2
, I mean, just any ol' U2 (oh "Boy!"), a band with whom Pellington's helmed major video projects and who knows there won't be any mistreatment of the material.
Shocked not seeing any Pearl Jam in there, because hey it's Mark Pellington and, shit, Jane's and Filter are on there. The most contemporary artist -- and one of the few women artists on the list -- is a Swedish singer-songwritery type named Emma Ejwertz,. Pellington helmed a music video for her a couple years ago after having heard her music through a contest submission to the "Henry Poole Is Here" soundtrack. A 2009 gem from the late, great Vic Chesnutt
also made the cut.
Below are the available and known cues for "Melt With You." Drew will be reviewing later during Sundance festivities. It debuts on Jan. 26 with additional screeners in Park City each day on Jan. 27-30.
What do you think of this little collection?
SEX PISTOLS - Pretty Vacant
CRAMPS - Primitive
X - Los Angeles
DEEP 6 - The Lawn
LOVE AND ROCKETS - Kundalini Express
U2 - Out Of Control
PIXIES - Debaser
TALKING HEADS - Memories Canâ€™t Wait
DEAD KENNEDYS - Holiday In Cambodia
X - Hungry Wolf
GALAXIE 500 - Blue Thunder
FUNKADELIC - Maggot Brain
GRANDMASTER FLASH - White Lines
SPECIALS - Do The Dog
CLASH - Brand New Cadillac
BEASTIE BOYS - Slow And Low
JOAN JETT - Bad Reputation
ENGLISH BEAT - Click Click
PIXIES - Caribou
JESUS AND MARY CHAIN - Just Like Honey
CURE - Lullabye
JANES ADDICTION - I Would For You
VIC CHESNUTT - Coward
FILTER - Hey Man Nice Shot
EMMA EJWERTZ - Love Is Here
MODERN ENGLISH - Gathering Dust
CABARET VOLTAIRE - Nag Nag Nag
JULIAN PLENTI - Skyscraper
MODERN ENGLISH - Melt With You Remix 2011
UPDATE: NOV. 2, 2011:
The final artists from the cue sheet for the theatrical release of "Melt With You" is available, with many of the same names, but some missing. Here is what Magnolia wishes to share. "I Melt With You" is out Dec. 5.
Love and Rockets
The Dead Kennedys
Adam And The Ants
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
The Jesus & Mary Chain
The Sex Pistols