Early in Inherent Vice, the latest film written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson — and the first authorized film adaptation of a novel by American literary giant Thomas Pynchon —
“I had laid a lot of temp stuff in the film. Some Booker T and the MGs; a version of Bobby Hebb’s “Sunny” (the Boney M cover of which of which did end up in Boogie Nights); there was some Thomas Newman stuff; he’s amazing with all those simple repetitive chords, and I think at the time I was really taken with what he had done on Unstrung Heroes. Once Michael and Jon and Patrick were working together, they tried stuff that was similar, and some of that stayed in the score. But things started to get more exciting when they brought new sounds, and started working with these eccentric instruments. Michael created a piece on the Marxophone, which is a fretless zither. A great piece was done on an Optigon, which worked on a similar principle to a mellotron, but used optical film sound tracks rather than audiotape. This was the biggest thrill: to hear new sounds not based on pre-conceived ideas I had. They managed to live up to the standards I’d created in my head — the movie scores that I wanted the music of Hard Eight to live up to: The Hustler, Chico Hamilton’s stuff from The Sweet Smell of Success. I finally got to use a Chico Hamilton piece, ‘The Sage,’ in Boogie Nights.”
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Inherent Vice, based on the novel by cult favorite author Thomas Pynchon, follows one Larry “Doc” Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix), a stoner and private investigator who gets caught up in an overly-complicated scheme – driven by a mysterious MacGuffin known as “The Golden Fang” – involving his ex, Shasta Fey Hepworth (Katherine Waterston). The film was written for the screen and directed by P.T. Anderson, who previously collaborated with Phoenix on the fever dream-esque 1950s cult drama, The Master.
Wondering Sound-Dec 11, 2014Some Booker T and the MGs; a version of Bobby Hebb's “Sunny” (the Boney M cover of which of which did end up in Boogie Nights); there was ...
BONEY M'S 'SUNNY' WAS IN BOOGIE NIGHTS THE FILM BUT NOT IN THE SOUNDTRACK
Though the two albums encompass nearly every major song featured in the film; songs omitted are Nena's "99 Luftballons" (the opening of which is featured as the conclusion to the Rahad Jackson sequence); Sunny by Boney M; Andrew Gold's "Lonely Boy"; the intro of Jethro Tull's "Fat Man" from Stand Up; "Compared to What" by Roberta Flack; and "The Sage" (the cello piece heard at Jack Horner's home) by Chico Hamilton, Starland Vocal Band's "Afternoon Delight" (heard on radio when Eddie is visiting young girlfriend in her bedroom) and most of Michael Penn's original score. Ironically, the 1977 Heatwave disco hit "Boogie Nights" does not appear in the film or either of the soundtrack albums, due to Heatwave lead vocalist (and born-again Christian) Johnnie Wilder, Jr.'s reluctance to associate the song with pornography when it is really about dancing.
Boston Herald-Dec 3, 2014