My latest novel, Mute (did I mention that it’s available on Amazon?) feels to me like the most cinematic of my three offerings to the world. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t fantasise about one of my books being made into a movie or tv show, and as I was writing this one I couldn’t help but I imagine how a lot of the scenes would look on the big screen.
I’m a mahoosive music fan and as I indulged myself in the fantasy of being behind the velvet rope at the Odeon, Leicester Square attending the premier of Mute the movie, I started thinking of songs to accompany the visuals. Before I could say “Mute, the original motion picture soundtrack”, I realised I’d pretty much put together Mute, the original motion picture soundtrack.
Here it is as a Spotify playlist. Have a listen if you’re of a mind.
If you do listen then you’ll notice straight away that there’s a theme. Of course there is. But I’ve not just looked up songs that have end of the world references in them and stuck them in; they’re all songs that I really like, and they all go with a particular scene. In my head at least. From the opening Prince party banger to the Cigarettes After Sex track that goes like magic with the closing chapter that I won’t describe because it’ll be all spoilery, right down to Sharon Van Etten’s cover that’ll play over the end credits as we crunch our way over the popcorn flotsam on our way out of the theatre.
Here’s the full track listing, in case it’s of interest. And yes, say what you like but I bloody love Ultravox, have done since I was about twelve.
- 1999 – Prince
- Dancing With Tears in My Eyes – Ultravox
- If The World Was Ending – JP Saxe & Julia Michaels
- Dance Apocalyptic – Janelle Monae
- Beings – Lanterns on the Lake
- She’s Not There – The Zombies
- Five Years – David Bowie
- Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex
- The End of the World – Sharon Van Etten
As the movie version of Mute will of course be an epic to dwarf Lord of the Rings (geddit?), nine songs might not be enough, so feel free to pitch in with anything you think will make a worthy addition and we’ll get the fantasy production company to have fantasy negotiations with the record publishers to clear the licensing rights.