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In recent movie trailers, songs are reboots, too

Posted on March 8th, 2013


By Mark Maurer/The Star-Ledger

These days, the concept of the remake doesn’t stop with the movie.

It extends to the songs in promotional materials for one. A string of recent movie trailers feature cover songs.

“Dead Man Down,” out in theaters today, is a hard-knuckle crime drama with Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, from the director of the Swedish original “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” The trailer prominently features a cover of – at least part of – Pink Floyd’s epic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond.”

DEAD MAN DOWN, “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”

Though not on the soundtrack, Kendra Morris’ soulful version is a fraction of the song’s original length. It’s familiar, but not as familiar as the over-top-violence in the trailer. The nine-part tribute to Syd Barrett bookends 1975’s “Wish You Were Here.”

Other alternative versions of Pink Floyd music to appear on film include Sparklehorse’s conventional take on “Wish You Were Here” in the skateboarder flick “Lords of Dogtown,” and “Comfortably Numb.” A 1990 live version of the latter song, recorded by Roger Waters as well as Van Morrison, Rick Danko, Levon Helm and a Berlin symphony, appeared in “The Departed” – the trailer and the film – and a crucial car-crash scene in the last season of “The Sopranos.”

THE GREAT GATSBY, “Happy Together”

As composer, Jay-Z is likely to provide many surprises on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of literary classic “The Great Gatsby.” To go with the car races and lavish parties onscreen, the second trailer features a cover of the Turtles’ ’60s hit “Happy Together” by a ’90s rock band that time forgot – Filter. The song, originally recorded for 2009’s “The Stepfather,” combines industrial metal and ambient sounds. The movie comes out May 10.

SAFE HAVEN, “Go Your Own Way”

The voice you hear is not Stevie’s or Lindsey’s. Rising folk-rock singer Lissie takes on Fleetwood Mac’s oft-covered “Go Your Own Way” in the trailer for “Safe Haven,” a Nicholas Sparks-inspired romance that was released on Valentine’s Day. Elsewhere Lissie covers Led Zeppelin and Kid Cudi, and is recording an EP of cover songs. (The trailer has racked up more than 5 million views on YouTube.)

Boasting an impressive guitar solo, the 1976 original is Lindsey Buckingham’s take on what went wrong with his relationship with Stevie Nicks. “Dreams” is her rebuttal.

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