The Week(end) In Covers, ScarJo Salutes Serge, Driving Old Dixie Down and More

Hey, it’s only Monday and this weekend had some notable instances of people recording versions of other people’s music.

Scarlett Johansson & Lulu Gainsbourg – "Bonnie & Clyde"

Any father, even one as magnificent and totally nuts as Serge Gainsbourg, would be lucky to have a kid as devoted as his son, Lulu, who is putting out a tribute album to his father to be released this October. To help, he’s enlisted the likes of Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis, Iggy Pop and, of course, Scarlett Johansson, who channels her best dark-and-sexy-French-lounge-singer impression to complement Lulu on "Bonnie & Clyde." Have a listen below (via The AV Club):

Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan & John Smith – "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"

Speaking of The AV Club, the site has been showing their special summer mini-break version of "Undercover," and in today’s installment, three lovely folk artists salute the late, great Levon Helm (still sad) with a mournful and well-intentioned version of "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down." Glen Hansard always looks like he’s in pain when he’s singing, but it’s hard not to feel some kind of sorrow when thinking about Levon. He and his tourmates commit to the song, and there are some nice harmonies, and the Chicago setting for the video is totally sweet, but really, nothing will ever stack up to Helm’s original. 

Arctic Monkeys – "Come Together" 

The 2012 London Olympics opening ceremonies were a celebration of Britain’s most obvious cultural signifiers: James Bond, Mary Poppins, Harry Potter, corgis, Mr. Bean, The Beatles. The musical selections from the madcap brainchild of Danny Boyle, Stephen Daldry and musical directors Underworld included the latter’s own tracks, the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Fuck Buttons and appearances from British musicians of past and present, including the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Frank Turner, Emeli Sandé, Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys, who did a pretty standard cover of "Come Together" as well as their own hit, "I Bet That You Look Good on the Dancefloor." There’s a video up on Domino’s website of the performance. 

‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Soundtrack Includes Alexandre Desplat, Françoise Hardy

We have a trailer, a new title font of choice, interactive posters and a Cannes Film Festival premiere date for Wes Anderson’s New England-younglins-in-love film Moonrise Kingdom. And now, the track list for the true marker of any Wes Anderson movie, the soundtrack, has been released. Alexandre Desplat, the award-winning composer who also worked with Anderson on Fantastic Mr. Fox, is responsible for the score, and instead of the filmmaker’s usual favorites of ’60s and ’70s rock, Moonrise Kingdom is rounded out with French pop, scratchy country classics and some choral pieces.

 

The full tracklisting is as follows:

 

1. Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic – “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34:

Themes A-F”
2. Peter Jarvis and His Drum Corps – “Camp Ivanhoe Cadence Medley”
3. English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – “‘Playful Pizzicato’ from Simple Symphony, Op. 4”
4. Hank Williams – “Kaw-Liga”
5. Trevor Anthony, Owen Brannigan, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O’Donovan, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘Noye, Noye, Take Thou Thy Company’”
6. Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist”
7. Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 2: Smoke/Fire”
8. Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 3: The Salt Air”
9. Choir of Downside School, Purley, Emanuel School Wandsworth, Boys’ Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten – “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 2: ‘On the Ground, Sleep Sound’”
10. Hank Williams – “Long Gone Lonesome Blues”
11. Leonard Bernstein & the New York Philharmonic – “Le Carnaval des Animaux: ‘Volière’”
12. Françoise Hardy – “Le Temps de l’Amour”
13. Alexandra Rubner, Christopher Manien – “An die Musik”
14. Hank Williams – “Ramblin’ Man”
15. Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten – “Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: ‘Old Abram Brown’”
16. Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe Parts 4-6: Thunder, Lightning, and Rain”
17. David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, Owen Brannigan, Sheila Rex, Caroline Clack, Marie-Therese Pinto, Eileen O’Donovan, Patricia Garrod, Margaret Hawes, Kathleen Petch, Gillian Saunders, Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘The Spacious Firmament on High’”
18. Trevor Anthony, Chorus of Animals, Sheila Rex, David Pinto, Darian Angadi, Stephen Alexander, English Opera Group Orchestra, Merlin Channon, Norman Del Mar – “Noye’s Fludde, Op. 59: ‘Noye, Take Thy Wife Anone’”
19. Leonard Bernstein & The New York Philharmonic – “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Op. 34 Fugue: Allegro Motto”
20. Choir of Downside School, Purley, Viola Tunnard, Benjamin Britten – “Songs From Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: ‘Cuckoo!’”
21. Alexandre Desplat – “The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 7: After The Storm”

 

One notable omission from the soundtrack is that of Anderson’s favorite musical muse, The Rolling Stones, something of a musical signature he’s become known for, particularly at poignant moments in his films, including Rushmore ("I Am Waiting"), The Darjeeling Limited ("Play With Fire"), The Royal Tenenbaums ("Ruby Tuesday," "She Smiled Sweetly"), Bottle Rocket ("2000 Man") and Fantastic Mr. Fox ("Street Fighting Man"). Of course, one could always still show up in the film itself, and somewhere, someone with way too much disposable income and time on their hands is placing bets as to what Stones song will be used in Moonrise Kingdom.

 

The soundtrack will be released on May 22nd and is available for pre-order on Amazon. In the meantime, you can listen to a lovely, flute-tinged excerpt from Desplat’s score, titled (deep breath) "The Heroic Weather-Conditions of the Universe, Part 1: A Veiled Mist" over at Pitchfork and listen to two selections from the soundtrack, Hank Williams’ "Kaw-Liga" and Françoise Hardy’s "Les temps de l’Amour" below: