How to Deal Motion Picture Soundtrack Stuff
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"Daddy Daddy no I don't wannna go to school/I don't need to read Billy Shakespeare/Meet Juliet or Malvolio!" So goes the chorus from Skye Sweetnam's "Billy S.," the leadoff single from Capitol Record's original motion picture soundtrack to How To Deal, the upcoming New Line Cinema film starring multi-talented movie and music star Mandy Moore (A Walk To Remember, The Princess Diaries), adapted by Neena Beber from a series of successful teen novels by Sarah Dessen and directed by British buzz director Clare Kilner.
"Billy S." is a perfect musical introduction to How To Deal: it's an high-energy, guitar-driven, infectious pop song that the film's young characters would probably listen to - and they would definitely relate to its adolescent rebel stance. Indeed, "Billy S." and the other multifaceted musical choices captured on How To Deal's soundtrack perfectly complement the film's tale of high-schooler Halley Martin (Moore), who, despite her youth, is already jaded about the ways of love, thanks to the messed-up relationships that surround her: her tightly-wound mom (award-winning Allison Janney, of TV's smash hit "The West Wing") and too-loose celebrity-DJ dad (American Beauty's Peter Gallagher) have divorced so he can marry a ditzy blonde, her sister is potentially marrying the wrong guy, and her best friend Scarlett (Alexandra Holden, The Hot Chick) is pregnant. On top of all that, an abrupt, tragic event in Halley's life leads to a romantic encounter with a young man, but she's leery of the romantic overtures that the slightly dazed-and-confused but totally cute schoolmate (Gosford Park's Trent Ford) is sending her way.
To capture Halley's world in music, the How To Deal soundtrack is an ambitious collection that spans genres and generations, with five new songs exclusive to the soundtrack, and two (acclaimed singer-songwriter Beth Orton's magical new cover of Cat Stevens' "Wild World" and buzzworthy new artist Aslyn's "That's When I Love You") recorded specifically for the film itself. How To Deal features great tracks from the likes of established stars John Mayer and Liz Phair, alternative-rock favorites the Flaming Lips, The Donnas, Beth Orton and classic-rock legend Cat Stevens. As well, the soundtrack explodes with a number of bright-light newcomers - many of its surprising highlights come from fresh faces like Skye Sweetnam, the Music, Tremolo, Aslyn, Marjorie Fair, and ECHO. The songs on the soundtrack compilation aren't just a bunch of predictable top 40 flavors of the month, instead it features a selection of songs that enhance the film's narrative with both wit and emotion. For example, both absurdity and tragedy are brought out by scoring a funeral sequence with an unexpected choice - the Flaming Lips' darkly-humored space ballad "Do You Realize??" As well, Cat Stevens' 1971 hit "Wild World" is cleverly used as a thematic thread throughout How To Deal, both in Stevens' classic original version and in a haunting cover of the song by Beth Orton. Those are just two of the many treasures to be found on what's destined to be one of the year's biggest soundtracks. Capitol Records will release How To Deal soundtrack album on July 8, 2003. The film opens nationwide on July 18, 2003.
The artists and tracklisting for How To Deal are:
1) Skye Sweetnam - "Billy S.": How To Deal's energetic first single comes from one of Capitol Records' most recent signings. Skye Sweetnam is a talented-beyond-her years young girl (she's 14) from a small Canadian town (the Toronto sub-suburb Boulton, pop. 15,000), who creates indelible pop anthems of teen rebellion straight from the reality of her so-called life (yes, she writes or co-writes all her songs, tapping everything from electronica to pop-punk-sometimes in the same song!). Her highly-anticipated Capitol debut album is expected for release in 2003.
2) The Flaming Lips - "Do You Realize??": The Flaming Lips remain one of the most revered, innovative rock bands working today. The Lips burst out of Oklahoma City in the mid-80s with a sound combining psychedelia, punk and classic pop, and have never looked back, scoring a hit in 1993 with the quirky "She Don't Use Jelly" and releasing one of 1999's most critically-adored albums, The Soft Bulletin, amidst many other idiosyncratic projects. "Do You Realize?," a swirling oddball epic of a ballad, is the hit from the Lips' 2002 release Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.
3) The Donnas - "It's On The Rocks": The Donnas have been rocking hard and blowing away stereotypes since 1992, when they were all eighth-grade classmates in Palo Alto. Since then, this all-female quartet has been exploring the middle ground between L7 and AC/DC with irresistible swagger and metallic punch. The sexually taunting "It's On The Rocks" comes from the Donnas' 2002 album Spend The Night.
4) Liz Phair - "Why Can't I": In addition to appearing on How To Deal, "Why Can't I," an incredibly catchy, passionate ode to forbidden love, is the also first single from Liz Phair's upcoming self-titled album on Capitol, to be released June 24, 2003; the song is already receiving significant pop-radio airplay in major markets. One of the most acclaimed, daring and influential singer-songwriters working today, Phair won the Village Voice "Pazz & Jop" critics' poll right out of the box with her 1993 debut album, Exile In Guyville, and has released two other highly-praised albums: 1994's gold-certified Whip-Smart and 1998's whitechocolatespaceegg.
5) Beth Orton - "Wild World": Orton's otherworldly revision of Cat Stevens' folk-rock classic is previously unreleased, recorded exclusively for the soundtrack to How To Deal.
6) John Mayer - "Not Myself": This tender, intricate ballad comes from John Mayer's sleeper hit album, his 2001 full-length debut Room For Squares, and is fully representative of his shimmering, subtle rock sound. This young, Georgia-based singer-songwriter and guitar prodigy built his audience from the grass roots up, ultimately receiving platinum plaques and a "Best New Artist" Grammy nomination.
7) Aslyn - "That's When I Love You": This rootsy, uplifting ballad comes from another artist recently signed to Capitol Records. This talented, Canton, Georgia-based singer-songwriter's first album is expected to be released in 2004; "That's When I Love You" was written by Aslyn and produced by Andy Slater, who has produced Macy Gray, Fiona Apple and the Wallflowers, among others, and is president of Capitol Records.
8) Beth Orton - "Thinking About Tomorrow": Taken from 2003's Daybreaker, her acclaimed third album, "Thinking About Tomorrow" epitomizes the sound of Orton's electronica-enhanced future folk: ethereal and nuanced, in no small part to the melancholic soul of Orton's distinctive voice. Orton has proven herself one of today's premier artists, having collaborated with everyone from the Chemical Brothers, William Orbit and Everything But The Girl's Ben Watt to Ryan Adams and Emmylou Harris; in 2000, she won the Brit Award-the U.K. Grammy equivalent-for Best British Female.
9) Tremolo - "Promise Ring": Tremolo are an unsigned discovery, and an exciting one, as "Promise Ring's" undulating, Jeff Buckley-jamming-with-early-Radiohead vibe makes clear. Based in Oakland, California, Tremolo is the brainchild of singer-songwriter Justin Dillon (formerly of the Athens, Georgia buzz band Dimestore Prophets), who produced the track with ex-Counting Crows drummer Steve Bowman. Already receiving radio play, Tremolo expects to put out their first full-length album in 2003.
10) The Music - "Take The Long Road And Walk It": Interview magazine said the Music "are not your father's Britpop," comparing them variously to Jane's Addiction, Led Zeppelin and the Stone Roses. That's not far off, but this young British foursome-each member under 21-have their own pounding, passionate, psychedelic sound, as made clear by the Music's 2003 self-titled Capitol debut (a smash success upon its release in the U.K.). "Take The Long Road And Walk It," a swirling, rhythmic anthem, was in fact the song that first drew attention to the Music, resulting in a worldwide record deal.
11) Marjorie Fair - "Waves": Marjorie Fair are a new addition to Capitol's roster, signed after they were seen performing their residency at Los Angeles' legendary Spaceland club. "Waves" comes from their upcoming debut album Self Help Serenade (due in fall 2003), which was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck, Vines) with additional studio work by Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Aimee Mann). While more uptempo than much of Self Help..., "Waves" captures the essential elements of Marjorie Fair's sound, from the lush, reverb-laden instrumental interplay that evokes everything from Pet Sounds to the Smiths to leader Evan Slamka's emotional, intimate vocals and lyrics.
12) ECHO - "Surrender": This deliciously eerie downtempo gem comes from one of the most buzzed-about new electronica acts, Echo. A duo consisting of NYC-based vocalist Joy Askew (who's worked with artists ranging from Peter Gabriel to Joe Jackson) and multi-instrumentalist Takuya Nakamura, Echo create a retro-futuristic sound, blending classic, almost jazzy vocals with technologically-enhanced instrumentals. "Surrender" comes from Echo's self-titled first album, released in 2002 by New Line Records.
13) Cat Stevens - "Wild World": "Wild World" is one of the most beloved hits of folk-rock superstar Cat Stevens, of which there are many; other hits from this distinctively raspy-voiced singer-songwriter include "Peace Train," "Moonshadow," and "Father and Son," resulting in him selling over 25 million albums. Stevens began his pop-music career in 1967 and ended it in 1979, when he changed his name to Yusuf Islam, devoted himself to the Muslim religion, and largely dropped out of public life.