Bowie Via Brazil . . . : Songs From Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”

I’m a fan of Wes Anderson films. Let me clarify that. I’m a big fan of some Wes Anderson films. There are moments form his movies Rushmore, The Royal Tannenbaums and The Grand Budapest Hotel that move me in ways that I don’t understand but I cannot deny (like a lot of great art). He also makes great use of popular music in his movies. Check out his montage sequence in Rushmore to The Who’s Happy Jack or the thematic use of Kink’s songs in his movie The Darjeeling Limited.

That being said, I’m not a fan of all of his movies. Among those that underwhelmed me was ‘The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou’. It didn’t do it for me. But one of the things that I thought was really cool was Brazilian guitarist, singer, actor Seu Jorge singing David Bowie songs in Portuguese solo on an acoustic guitar. Additionally, instead of having Seu Jorge lip sync to prerecorded versions of the songs, Anderson filmed Seu Jorge actually performing the songs live. Watch it all in the video below.

Seu Jorge Performs David Bowie Live From The Movie Set (video)

0:00 Starman
3:56 Oh! You Pretty Things
7:42 Changes
11:45 Rebel Rebel
15:00 Lady Stardust
18:51 Rock N Roll Suicide
23:03 Five Years
26:44 Life on Mars?
30:57 Suffragette City
34:21 Qucksand

The songs were recorded and released in 2005 as The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions. Bowie approved. In the liner notes for the album, Bowie wrote, “I would never have heard this new level of beauty which he has imbued them with.”

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One comment on “Bowie Via Brazil . . . : Songs From Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou”
  1. cmphd1 says:

    Moonrise Kingdom!


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