Eclectic International Soundtrack Backs 'Charlie'
A wide range of music -- from 1980s New Jersey modern rockers the Feelies and U.K. post-punkers the Soft Boys to the afro-pop of Angelique Kidjo's and the internationally acclaimed electronica of AsiaA wide range of music -- from 1980s New Jersey modern rockers the Feelies and U.K. post-punkers the Soft Boys to the afro-pop of Angelique Kidjo's and the internationally acclaimed electronica of Asian Dub Foundation -- will grace the soundtrack to Jonathan Demme's forthcoming film "The Truth About Charlie." Due Tuesday (Oct. 22) via Play-Tone/Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax, the 18-track set also features tracks by Charles Aznavour, Sparklehorse, and Rachid Taha, among others.
The romantic thriller is set in Paris, which Demme described in a statement as "the acknowledged epicenter of global music and working here gave us the chance to have an especially rich, diverse soundtrack. The artists in the Francophone world, singers and musicians from French Africa, the French Middle East and the French Caribbean, all come to Paris to record their music. It's an intrinsic part of the city's character today."
Along with tracks from France-based artists Khaled ("Ragda"), Anna Karina ("Sous le Soleil Exactement"), and Manu Chao ("Mentira) is a song by the director's nephew and collaborator, the late filmmaker Ted Demme. "Bigga Man" is described as a "wackily autobiographical" reggae track that was spontaneously recorded with producer Dave Stewart while working on the soundtrack for Ted Demme's 1996 film "Beautiful Girls."
Starring Thandie Newton ("Mission: Impossible II"), Mark Wahlberg ("The Perfect Storm"), and Tim Robbins ("High Fidelity"), "The Truth About Charlie" is based on the 1963 Stanley Donen film "Charade." The film is set to open Oct. 25 in U.S. theaters.
Here is the "The Truth About Charlie - Music From the Motion Picture" track list:
"Jim the Jinn," Da Phazz
"Garab," Rachid Taha
"La Voix Du Vaurien," Miro
"Les Enfants Perdus," Angelique Kidjo
"Mr. Kennedy," the Soft Boys
"Army of Forgotten Souls," Transglobal Underground
"It's a Wonderful Life," Sparklehorse
"Epoca," the Gotan Project
"Mentira," Manu Chao
"Fortress Europe," Asian Dub Foundation
"De Cara a La Pared," Llasa
"Slow Down," the Feelies
"Sous Le Soliel," Anna Karina
"Hay Natty," Backward Dog
"Bigga Man," Ted Demme
"Truthful Moods," Rachel Portman
"Quand Tu Ma Aimes," Charles Aznavour