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Everything’s Gone Green . . . for Raised by Swans

- May 25th, 2007

This blog grants wishes. Or at least answers requests – if they’re for something this good. Or from London rock band Raised By Swans or any other of the blog’s obsessions. Or just because it’s Friday and I feel like it.

I guess Raised by Swans’ frontperson/songwriter/eminence Eric Howden was reading The Free Press review of the new Douglas Coupland-scripted movie, Everything’s Gone Green this morning.

“Any chance of getting a mention that Raised By Swans is on that soundtrack? We’re quite proud of being involved in this movie,” Eric e-mailed.

Done & done. To add to the details, Eric just sent along this additional information when I asked for more.

Here’s Eric, pretty much untouched by me.

“The song that’s in the movie is Violet Light. it’s cool how it came about – the music placement company (Vapor Music) started using it in a specific part of the movie, along with other songs by other bands, but hadn’t actually contacted any of the bands yet to get contracts signed. they kind of matched songs with the movie first and then sought permission after.

“so when i first heard from them, they were already in love with the song, and had their fingers crossed that we’d be cool with letting them use it. it was an exciting day – Douglas Coupland’s obviously pretty great, and the other bands on the soundtrack are amazing as well. so we jumped at the chance.

“it was especially nice to find out that we made it onto the soundtrack – there are thirty or so songs in the movie, and only twelve or thirteen were picked for the soundtrack, which is being put out by Lakeshore Records in the States.”

Congratulations to Raised by Swans . . . and to Coupland and company for going to the good London rock for the film.

As for me, ahem, I could not stand Coupland’s book about the high school shooting which I read out of duty when I was on the Western (now London) Reads panel a few years ago. It truly sucked – and then it won the 2004 edition. Oh well. There are better books believe me and four of them were in Western Reads that year.

Coupland’s other prose has also eluded me – my fault, quite possibly – but really liked the Coupland-and-Canada themed documentary Souvenirs of Canada directed by Robin Neistein.

Now I better check out Everything’s Gone Green – script by Coupland, directed by Paul Fox. I know it has at least one good song. And like Souvenir of Canada, it’s at the Hyland, another of this blog’s obsessions.

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