Radiohead, Thom Yorke explains why he refused to compose the soundtrack of Fight Club: “I regret it”

Radiohead, Thom Yorke explains why he refused to compose the soundtrack of Fight Club: “I regret it”
Radiohead, Thom Yorke explains why he refused to compose the soundtrack of Fight Club: “I regret it”
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On the days when the Venice Film Festival, Thom Yorke recalled his experience in 2018, when he made his debut as a soundtrack composer with that of the remake of Suspiria 1977, the horror classic of Dario Argento redone by Luca Guadagnino. The frontman of the Radiohead did not initially want to write the soundtrack for Suspiria (the original 1977 one is signed by the Italian progressive band Goblinthe second collaboration with Dario Argento after Deep red 1975) but was convinced by Luca Guadagnino and was inspired by the contemporary electronic music of James Holden, the krautrock of Faust and Can and the atmospheres created by Vangelis for Blade Runner, working for a year and a half with the London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir with which Radiohead recorded A Moon Shaped Pool in 2016.

Suspiria’s soundtrack was ready before filming began, and Luca Gadagnino was able to have it play on set while filming the scenes. “There is a way of repeating sound fragments and pieces of music that has the power to hypnotize people” he said Thom Yorkealso citing the teacher Ennio Morricone as a reference point, “It’s a form of magic, it creates spells“. Working on commission, he said, was also a way of exploring musical ideas that he would never come close to. Thom Yorke also said that about ten years earlier, he had been contacted by the director David Fincher to write the soundtrack of a film destined to become a cult of the 90s, Fight Club with Brad Bitt, Edward Norton And Helena Bonham Carter, released in 1999 but refused. “We had just finished recording and touring Ok Computer ed I was completely exhausted. I couldn’t even tie my shoes»Explained the singer of RadioheadThey sent me the script. Edward Norton and Brad Pitt also wrote to me saying: you should really do the soundtrack. I replied: no, I can’t do it. Now every time I watch the movie I regret not doing it“.

After Thom Yorke’s rejection, director David Fincher turned to Dust Brothersproducers Michael Simpson and John King who created Paul’s Boutique dei’s world of sounds in the 1980s Beastie Boys and then in the 90s that of Odelay and Midnite Vultures of Beck. “David Fincher wanted to break down barriers in cinema, and he wanted an unconventional soundtrack»Explained Michael Simpson,«He left us free to create what we wanted. The only thing he told us was: have you seen The Graduate? You know how great is the music in that movie? I want the same for Fight Club!“.

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