Boots Riley – the director of 2018’s sharp, funny, indie hit Sorry to Bother You – also serves as the frontman for a radical band called The Coup, a simmering blend of musical styles and revolutionary politics. That group has been releasing albums since the early 1990s, and they also provided the soundtrack for Riley’s movie. Well, technically, they provided two soundtracks, but we’ll get to that in a minute. Now the film’s soundtrack has been released on vinyl thanks to Mondo and Interscope Records, and you can learn more details below.
In 2012, Riley finished the first draft of the Sorry to Bother You script, but it took Riley several years to finalize it and to actually secure the funding to make the movie. So in that downtime, The Coup made an album called Sorry to Bother You which was inspired by that screenplay, and released the album in 2012. Then, six years later when the funding for the film finally came through, they put out another album with the same name. That’s the one that’s getting the vinyl release. As you can see, the text on the front of the album tries to mitigate any confusion by explaining the situation: “This is the real, actual soundtrack to the movie Sorry To Bother You by The Coup This has all new songs and is not to be confused with the album of the same name by the same band years ago…”
The soundtrack, which features appearances from Killer Mike, Janelle Monáe, Tune-Yards, E-40, and star Lakeith Stanfield, is on sale now at MondoShop.com for $20. The album is re-mastered for vinyl, pressed on 180 Gram white vinyl, and available in one of two random sleeves designed by Oakland-based artist J. Otto Seibold, the same guy who designed the movie’s logo.
“There are two musical worlds in Sorry To Bother You,” Riley explained at the time of the film’s release. “One is the score that’s made by Tune-Yards and the score is all the stuff that the characters can’t hear, right? It’s the voice of the movie in that sense. It’s commenting on something, it’s a leading you down the path. And then there’s the soundtrack, which is the stuff that the characters can hear that’s playing in the bar. It’s playing out of cars, at parties, wherever. We do break that rule once, which is with kind of the theme song of the movie, which is ‘OYAHYTT’…’Oh yeah, alright. Hell yeah, that’s tight.’ Which they can’t hear.”
Here’s the track list and a lyric video for the new vinyl:
Side A 1. Oyahytt feat. Lakeith Stanfield 2. Hey Saturday Night feat. Tune-Yards 3. Anitra’s Basement Tapes 4. Whathegirlmutha****inwannadoo feat. Janelle Monáe
Side B 5. Monsoon feat. Killer Mike 6. Level It Up 7. Over and Out/Sticky Sunrise feat. Janelle Monáe 8. We Need an Eruption 9. Crawl Out the Water feat. E-40
Black Widow has been stuck in limbo for the past month as Marvel mulls over setting a new release date for the film. The latest news is that the movie has found a new composer in Lorne Balfe, who has worked on many other blockbusters including Mission Impossible: Fallout, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Bad Boys for Life.
Balfe takes over composing duties from Alexandre Desplat, who had been announced as the film's composer earlier this year. No reason is known for the change so far, but it is strange to have a change in music so late when from all accounts the film was finished and ready for release.
But then, the lockdown of theaters worldwide, and the consequent reshuffling of release dates means Disney can work a little bit longer on making the film the best version of itself. Besides, this isn't the first time the mouse empire has hired Desplat and then unceremoniously replaced him. He was the original composer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, before the film underwent extensive reshoots and Michael Giacchino was brought on to provide the score for the completed project.
One possible way that the global shut down might have influenced Desplat's replacement is because he works with a full orchestra to score a film. And considering that it is going to be very difficult to get the required musicians together in one room to create a recording, Disney might have decided instead to go with an electronic medley created digitally by Balfe on his computer, something similar to what he did for Ghost in a Shell.
With no confirmed release date for Black Widow revealed so far, Lorne Balfe should have plenty of time to work on the film. What this piece of news does do is effectively put an end to the rumors that Disney is considering releasing the movie directly on Disney+ soon. A new score means the wait for Black Widow's release is going to get longer. This will likely also affect the schedule of other MCU movies in the pipelines, like The Eternals, and Shang Chi.
Black Widow is the first standalone feature for the MCU's only original female Avenger. It tells the tale of Natasha Romanoff, somewhere between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. The story follows Natasha as she comes to grips with her past as a Russian assassin. From the looks of the trailer, the movie expands on the parts of Natasha's backstory that were previously hinted at in Avengers: Age of Ultron, in terms of the Red Room, which is an organization that creates assassins like Natasha.
The movie, which is directed by Cate Shortland, stars Scarlett Johansson in the lead role, with the rest of the main cast rounded out by Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Ray Winstone, William Hurt, and O-T Fagbenle. Eric Pearson, who wrote the screenplay for Thor: Ragnarok, has also written the screenplay for Black Widow based on a story by Jac Schaeffer. This comes from Film Music Reporter.