Entertainment behind the scenes
“Slumdog Millionaire” director plays radio DJ
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)