Hollywood – 2002 – 65 minutes

Having put most of the comedy genre to shame with the wit and brains of his new film 'The Royal Tenenbaums', Wes Anderson turns his attention to the notoriously hit and miss world of the soundtrack album. And it's as mixed up and brilliant as the family that inspired it.

Hooking up with former Devo man Mark Mothersbaugh, Anderson puts snapshots of singer-songwriters (Nick Drake, Elliott Smith), punks (The Clash, Ramones) and NY cool (The Velvet Underground, Nico) into the family album and adds Mothersbaugh's far from incidental music from the key scenes. The piano motif that works its way into nearly all of the composer's pieces is so unforgettable that even Royal Tenenbaum himself would bet that it's going to crop up in a thousand ads in the months to come. But every listen will find you a new favourite – just like every scene in the movie will have you rooting for a different character.

After spending an afternoon or evening with the Tenenbaums you'll definitely want to buy the soundtrack of their lives.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Mark Mothersbaugh: 111 Archer Avenue – Nico: These Days – Ysaye Quartet: String Quartet in F Major (Second Movement) – Paul Simon: Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard – The Mutato Muzika Orchestra: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F Minor – Bob Dylan: Wigwam - Mark Mothersbaugh: Look at that Old Grizzly Bear – John Lennon: Look at Me – Emitt Rhodes: Lullabye – Mark Mothersbaugh: Mothersbaugh's Canon – The Clash: Police & Thieves – Mark Mothersbaugh: Scrapping and Yelling – Ramones: Judy is a Punk – Mark Mothersbaugh: Pagoda's Theme – Elliott Smith: Needle in the Hay – Nick Drake: Fly – Mark Mothersbaugh: I Always Wanted to be a Tenenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio: Christmas Time is Here – The Velvet Underground: Stephanie Says – Mark Mothersbaugh: Rachel Evans Tenenbaum (1965-2000) – Mark Mothersbaugh: Sparkplug Minuet – Nico: The Fairest of the Seasons – The Mutato Muzika Orchestra: Hey Jude