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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.”


There are 2 comments associated with this post

Byrne Backer September 21, 2010, 14:36:24

god bless David Byrne…wait, there is no god!! but he’s still awesome and thank goodness he’s around to share his artwork. i got to meet him and yes, he’s as pleasant as he appears on stage. what a gem of a dude. Thank you Byrne for sharing all your music!

Tre Miller September 25, 2010, 03:38:46

I just saw the movie tonight. It was nothing of what I expected. The soundtrack was incredible for me to hear and brought smiles to my face as I considered much of the music selection for particular scenes to be sly and humorous as I recalled the time periods in which the music was originally produced. For me, it was somewhat of an inside joke of commentary about commercialization, status quo, and our socio/political/economic environment world wide…unfortunately nobody else that I was with got the humor, then, again, maybe it was all in my head. Thank you David Byrne and Eno for pleasuring my ears with your music from the big screen…I thought it was your movie.

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