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Published: 2010/09/21

David Byrne on Wall Street

Following its premiere this past May at the Cannes Film Festival, Oliver Stone’s new film Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will open on Friday. This is the sequel to the 1987 Wall Street for which Michael Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor. David Byrne provides music for much of the film, with the soundtrack available today.

In describing his role, Byrne explains, “Stone approached me about music a while back, and I met him at an office and gave him a pile of records. He ended up mainly using a lot of songs from my recent collaboration with Brian Eno ( Everything That Happens Will Happen Today ), a few songs from recent solo and dance score records, and a reprise of “This Must Be The Place,” the Talking Heads song that was used in the first Wall Street movie. It was almost like I’d scored the picture.

Stone was super accommodating – inviting me numerous times to view rough assemblies to be sure I was OK with how the music was being used. This is pretty unusual; most times licensing a song for a movie is a bureaucratic formality, and the artist is never invited into the process. That said, I’ve only turned down movie song use once or twice for aesthetic reasons – if I thought a scene made unfortunate associations with a song.”

If you’ve got these recordings already, this all won’t mean anything to you, but if not, and if you see the movie and wonder, what was that music? – here is your answer.”

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