Vedder cover Daltrey approved
brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Sun Mar 18 08:10:29 CDT 2007
>From San Bernardino County Sun:
Daltrey, Vedder capture the sound of one man's grief
By Glenn Whipp, Film Writer
Article Launched: 03/17/2007 09:00:00 PM PDT
Given that "Reign Over Me" is named after a Who song, a song that filmmaker Mike Binder played incessantly (along with the rest of "Quadrophenia") while writing the screenplay, it isn't surprising that music plays a huge part in the movie's story.
Adam Sandler's withdrawn widower roams the streets of Manhattan throughout the film, headphones clamped to his head, his iPod shuffling through a playlist wholly devoted to songs he loved before he met the wife and daughters he would eventually lose on 9/11.
The playlist features Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, the Pretenders, two key tracks from Bruce Springsteen's landmark 1980 "The River" album and, of course, "Reign O'er Me," which lost the Gallic "O'er" in the movie's title after Sony Pictures marketers tested it and found nobody knew what it meant.
"It's all music that came before," Sandler says, "music he didn't share with his family."
A few years ago, Binder spent a summer working with Who lead singer Roger Daltrey on a screenplay about the band's ill-fated, party-loving drummer Keith Moon. They couldn't agree on an approach and parted, but Daltrey did read and liked Binder's first draft of "Reign Over Me."
Cut to last summer, and Binder is trying to convince Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder (a friend of Sandler's) to cover "Reign O'er Me" for the movie's end credits. Vedder resists, offering to write an original song instead.
"He didn't want to sing it because he felt like there was no way he could sing it as good as Roger," Binder says. "And I said, 'Well, I happen to know Roger, and I'm sure he'd be happy with it. If you want, I could get to him.'
"And as soon as I said it, I thought, 'Why did you open your big mouth? How are you going to get hold of Roger Daltrey?' He's an elusive guy. I didn't even know if he'd return my calls."
Binder never had to place the call causea week later, whenhe was walking along Manhattan's Sixth Avenue near the Essex House and ran into Daltrey completely by chance. Daltrey called Vedder, and the results can be heard over the film's closing credits.
"That song is a real Roger Daltrey signature singing song, this incredible mixture of joy and pain," Binder says. "Someone told me that (Who guitarist) Pete Townshend said that no matter how much they fight, whenever Roger sings that song, he remembers how much he loves him."
-Brian in Atlanta
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