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“Slumdog Millionaire” director plays radio DJ

January 14, 2009

GOLDENGLOBES/Danny Boyle, the director of Golden Globe winner for best dramatic film “Slumdog Millionaire,” played guest DJ at an L.A. radio station on Wednesday, picking his favorite songs to play on the air.

Boyle, who also won the best director Golden Globe this week, is not just any filmmaker digging into his CD collection. He is known for his ability to electrify his movies with timely tunes.

Boyle’s 1996 film “Trainspotting” had a soundtrack heavy on rock and electronic music that Vanity Fair magazine ranked as the all-time seventh best collection of songs from a movie. His latest film, “Slumdog Millionaire,” helped gain a wider audience for British artist M.I.A., because of the inclusion of her slinky alternative hip hop song “Paper Planes.”

Boyle, who was on L.A. public radio station KCRW, said it was hard to pick just five favorite songs.

“It would be easier if it was a hundred,” Boyle said on the show.

After all that work, here are the six songs Boyle picked: 

“(White Man) in Hammersmith Palais” by The Clash 
“Happy Heart” by Andy Williams 
“Moaner” by Underworld 
“Like a Friend” by Pulp 
“East Hastings” by Godspeed You! Black Emperor 
“Ca Plane Pour Moi” by Plastic Bertrand

Boyle, 52, said that having grown up in England, where punk music emerged, he is a big fan of punk group The Clash, the first pick on the list.

The director also said the little-known song “East Hastings” from the political band Godspeed You! Black Emperor is an “extraordinary, wonderful track.” As for the 1977 track “Ca Plane Pour Moi,” which translates from French to English as “This Works For Me,” Boyle called it a great example of a “disposable” song, which he says all pop should be.

“When you talk about pop music, as soon as you start talking about it, you start taking it too seriously,” Boyle said. “It has got to be disposable.”

(Writing and reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

(PHOTO: Reuters/Lucy Nicholson)


Trust Danny Boyle to pick such a cracking list of songs. Eclectic, brilliant!

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I saw Slumdog Millionaire today. Boyle has really done a good job with this movie. While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie. Very well done I must say.

The music score by Rehman is amazing, the actors who played junior Jamal and Salim were the real stars. They were simply too good. Freida Pinto had just 15 mins of screen presence. I think she was overhyped.


Congratulations to you and the whole team of Slum Dog Millionaire. I am from Mauriius, where a large segment of the population is of indian descent. thereore w are all eagerly waiting te release of the film.
Danny if you can find some time I would invite you to make the trip to our bautiful island – you’ll be agreeable surprised on how people of various cultural and religious background co-hbit peacefully.
Have you read the book ‘Ganesh’ by J. Malcom Bosse (of Harvard University. If not, try to find a copy from I bet you’ll love it so much that it may be the basis of your next film.

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