Drew Barrymore Whips Up Soundtrack For Directorial Debut
Drew Barrymore is as excited about putting together the music and executive producing the soundtrack for her new film, "Whip It," as she is about making her directoral debut.
"What was so exciting was to finally get to make a film that I could make an ultimate mixtape for and put the two together," Barrymore tells Billboard.com. "It was sort of waiting my whole life, incubating, and I finally got to make them together, and it was just so exhilarating. The whole Flower Films team, we're just such music nuts. I'm really excited to bring that music to people."
The "Whip It -- Music From the Motion Picture" soundtrack comes out Sept. 29 and features 19 songs from the more than 75 music cues used in the film, which stars Ellen Page ("Juno") as a rebellious teen who joins a women's roller derby team in Austin, Texas. The songs range from older classics such as Dolly Parton's "Jolene," Ramones' "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" and .38 Special's "Caught Up in You" to Peaches' raunchy "Boys Wanna Be Here" and selections from younger acts such as the Go! Team, Gotye, Goose, Jens Lekman, the Ettes, Little Joy (which includes Barrymore's former boyfriend, Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti), Apollo Sunshine and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, whose "Blue Turning Grey" is used as a recurring theme song for Page's character.
Barrymore also commissioned some new tracks, including "High Times" by singer-songwriter Landon Pigg (who also appears in the film) with Turbo Fruits, a remix of the Chordettes' "Lollipop" by Squeak E. Clean and Desert Eagles, and a cover of the Associations "Never My Love" by Har Mar Superstar and Adam Green, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea playing horns.
Barrymore, who played DJ on the film's set, notes that "most of the people who are on this soundtrack are friends, people we took the time to go to personally and ask them if they would associate themselves with the movie, or people that we discovered that we can't wait to get to know. It's really interesting to have such personal relationships with everyone."
Barrymore says she and Rhino are already talking about additional volumes of "Whip It" music, which includes songs such as Radiohead's "No Surprises" and score music by the Section Quartet. An iTunes playlist will include not only songs from the soundtrack and the film but also, according to Barrymore, "a lot of the songs we were listening to while we were making the movie that didn't end up in the movie or for whatever reason we couldn't have in the movie or we discovered them too late or whatever. They're just sort of songs that inspired us." A collectible vinyl edition of the soundtrack is due out later this fall.
"Whip It" opens in theaters on Oct. 2 and co-stars Marcia Gay Harden, "Saturday Night Live's" Kristin Wiig, Juliette Lewis and Daniel Stern.