Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Franco Battiato - Ruby Tuesday

Alfonso Cuaron's Children of Men snuck into theatres around Christmas time and ended up being one of the best movies of 2006, particularly if you're a fan of believable science-fiction. One of the things I loved about the movie that a lot of people haven't really mentioned is the soundtrack. Instead of going the route of say, The Matrix, and peppering the film with rap-metal and techno, we get a nice collection of mostly British rock songs that suit the tone and the setting perfectly (the movie takes place in England... why is it that all the best dystopian futures seem to be set in England?) One song in particular was central to the movie, Franco Battiato's haunting cover of the Stones' "Ruby Tuesday". Apparently Battiato is Italian, but to my uneducated ears his accent sounds almost Scottish. Beautiful song, highly recommended.

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10 comments:

Henrik said...

This song rules. Scottish? Really? Your ears are indeed untrained.

The Jarvis Cocker song totally caught me off guard. I was watching the end credits and when that started playing I realized Alfonso Cuarón has awesome taste in music.

Anonymous said...

that jarvis cocker song is pretty bad and pointless. i don't know if pulp were any good but this song certainly isn't. the stones cover is brilliant though. as is the movie.

Henrik said...

The Jarvis Cocker song is good. It's reactionary, harsh and immature, but I appreciate the blatantness(sp?) of the message and the opening is good. Good.

Silence said...

Thanks for the song host. I've been hunting it down since I saw the movie. And you're right, dystopia certainly seems to go hand-in-hand with England. I'm guessing it has something to do with the constant greyness of the land. This, coupled with the fact that its been that way as far as people can remember.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was Scottish as well. Guess my ears aren't trained either.

Anonymous said...

the song sounded scottish in the movie, but now that i hear it it's obviously italian. strnage

samschac said...

thanks for posting this bad boy!

Anonymous said...

Thank you veeeeeeeeeeeery much!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Franco Battiato (the full name of this singer) is indeed Italian. He was born in Sicily and it's one of the best European composers nowadays. I love his music and I follow him as a fan since 1987. His website's www.battiato.it The most incredibile is to listen this song as one of the piéces of this marvelous film. It deserved to wind the Oscar's awards 'cuz it's really an cinematic artwork.
Greetings from Spain.

PS: He sounds Scottish? Well, but he's Sicilian ;-) just kidding!

kpugs said...

Hahaha, Scottish. So let me guess, you've never, ever, ever, ever, heard anything other than an American accent.

No offense my friend, but stupidity like that is why us Yanks are made fun of. It is so obviously Italian it's ridiculous. Scottish?

Yeah, sounds like a Kenyan accent to me. Great job.