When we talked to Wes Anderson this week, we brought up “the vault,” the expression he and longtime music supervisor Randall Poster use for songs that they have on lockdown and sit on until the right movie and moment presents itself.
“One that came out in a nice way was, we had this [Bobby Fuller Four] song, ‘Let Her Dance’ for ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ and sort of late in the game we thought, ‘Maybe here’s our chance to use this song.,’” Anderson told us. “We’d had it sitting around for many years and we thought, ‘It’s going to end the movie, we’re going to do a dance scene to it.’ ”
Interestingly enough, Randall Poster—who’s done the music supervision for every one of Anderson’s films, going back as far as 1996’s “Bottle Rocket”—also brought up the vault this week too in an article with Rolling Stone where he listed his seven favorite uses of music in Anderson’s movies.
“Actually, we still have a number of songs in our safe that we’re saving for just the right moment,” Poster teased in the interview. Among the interesting tidbits learned in that talk is that Poster and Anderson had been sitting on that aforementioned Bobby Fuller Four song for 10 years. That’s patience. His story about going all the way to Calcutta, India to track down some of the masters to Satyajit Ray’s score music for “The Darjeeling Limited” is impressive too.
Perhaps most exciting? News that ABCKO Records—Anderson’s go-to label for all his soundtracks since “The Darjeeling Limited”—will release a box set of the duo’s 10 soundtracks later this year of their 22-year working relationship (via Orlando Weekly). That’s eight movies and depending on how many songs they release, potentially over 150 songs give or take (eight movies with maybe 20 “songs” or score pieces per movie as a very conservative guess). Hell, we’d put it on our Christmas list. Hopefully more details and tracklist comes out soon. And might we politely suggest surfacing hard-to-find score material and songs not already released on the previous eight soundtrack discs? Cause we own ‘em already and well, that would be awesome (and here’s a handy list of 17 Songs Not Released On Any Wes Anderson Soundtrack, up until “Moonrise Kingdom” anyhow).