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In The Background: Neil Young - Dead Man

In The Background: Neil Young - Dead Man

Wednesday 17th August, 2011 1:41PM

Director Jim Jarmusch had a clear vision for the music he wanted in his 1995 feature Dead Man, citing Neil Young and Crazy Horse as instrumental to development of the film from the start.

Jarmusch was determined to get Neil Young to score Dead Man and it seems fate was on his side.  On a rare day off from shooting he chanced upon a Crazy Horse show in the small city of Sedona, Arizona where filming was taking place. The two met backstage and Young agreed to check out a rough of cut of the film and quickly jumped on board upon viewing it.

Originally Young considered bringing in Nirvana's Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl but decided to do it solo with just an electric guitar, recording it live to the picture.

The result is absolutely stunning, check out this video set to the soundtrack which features footage of Neil Young recording live to the film as well as snippets of scenes and dialogue from Jonny Depp.

Four years later Jarmusch released Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai with another great, and probably more well known, soundtrack produced by Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.  Here's a sample...

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