The Twilight Saga – New Moon
So many artists have seemingly been desperate to score a spot on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: New Moon, working all their contacts and building online campaigns in a bid to provide the musical backdrop to the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stewart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner). However for Birmingham indie rock band, Editors, it’s a very different story. The quartet have confirmed that they’ll be contributing to the collection of tunes, joining the likes of Muse, The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie and Thom Yorke, but have found themselves having to defend the position, arguing that they’re not “selling out”.
The group has re-worked their song “No Sound but the Wind” for the soundtrack, after being approached by the movie’s director Chris Weitz. Initially, they were skeptical reveals the group’s frontman, Tom Smith, in an interview with Gigwise.com, as the helmer requested some lyrical changes. “At first, I was like, f*** off, there’s no way,” says the singer, though on consideration they had a change of mind. “But I went back and I thought about the lyrics and I recorded it slightly differently and I actually think the lyrics flow better now than they ever did and it will now be on the film.”
Yet while appearing on the much-anticipated soundtrack (due out in November) is certain to bring Editors to a whole new audience, the first album being an international bestseller, Smith feels the need to defend the decision. “The films aren’t aimed at people our age, but I look at the bands that we’re next to on that soundtrack and it’s just a good thing,” he says. “It’s not selling out; it’s not putting your song on an advert or selling a product. It’s just being part of something that, to me, as collective seems like a pretty attractive thing.” And we’re sure it will be attractive to the millions of Twifans eager to get their hands on the soundtrack.
But over to you Boxwishers. Do you feel that Editors are compromising their musical integrity by changing a song for a movie soundtrack, or are they simply playing the fame game? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts on the matter.