The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (soundtrack)

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
Soundtrack album by various artists
Released December 14, 2004
Length 59:58
Label Hollywood

Mark Mothersbaugh
Robert Casale

Wes Anderson
Wes Anderson film soundtrack chronology
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is a 2004 soundtrack to the Wes Anderson film of the same name.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shark Attack Theme" - Sven Libaek
  2. Loquasto International Film Festival - Mark Mothersbaugh
  3. "Life on Mars?" - David Bowie
  4. "Starman" - Seu Jorge
  5. Let Me Tell You About My Boat - Mark Mothersbaugh
  6. "Rebel Rebel" - Seu Jorge
  7. Zissou Society Blue Star Cadets / Ned's Theme Take 1 - Mark Mothersbaugh
  8. "Gut Feeling" - Devo
  9. "Open Sea Theme" - Sven Libaek
  10. "Rock & Roll Suicide" - Seu Jorge
  11. "Here's To You" - Ennio Morricone featuring Joan Baez
  12. We Call Them Pirates Out Here - Mark Mothersbaugh
  13. "Search and Destroy" - The Stooges
  14. "La Niña de Puerta Oscura" - Paco de Lucía
  15. "Life on Mars?" - Seu Jorge
  16. Ping Island / Lightning Strike Rescue Op - Mark Mothersbaugh
  17. "Five Years" - Seu Jorge
  18. "30 Century Man" - Scott Walker
  19. "The Way I Feel Inside" - The Zombies
  20. "Queen Bitch" - David Bowie
  21. ' Starålfur - Sigur Ros

Soundtrack trivia[edit]

  • Several songs are featured in the film but do not appear on the soundtrack, including "Starálfur" by Sigur Rós (from the climactic Jaguar shark scene), and some of Seu Jorge's performances of David Bowie songs. A more complete compilation of Seu Jorge's performances can be found on The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions Featuring Seu Jorge (released by Hollywood Records on November 22, 2005). The two-disc Criterion Collection release of the movie also features his performances as a special feature.
  • The song "Let Me Tell You About My Boat" by Mark Mothersbaugh contains the melody of "Scrapping & Yelling" played backwards. "Scrapping & Yelling" is a song that Mothersbaugh created and was featured previously in Wes Anderson's film The Royal Tenenbaums. Mothersbaugh muses that this was for "good luck".
  • Some songs were featured in The Lonely Island's failed Awesometown pilot. Mothersbaugh is one of Jorma Taccone's influences.
  • Though Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh has scored all of Wes Anderson's films up to this point, this is the first to actually include a Devo song ("Gut Feeling").
  • The song "Ceremony" by New Order appears in the trailer for the film, but not in the film itself nor on the soundtrack album.
  • The soundtrack includes several instrumental pieces by Australian composer Sven Libaek -- originally written for the 1970s Australian TV documentary series Inner Space by Ron and Valerie Taylor -- which Anderson reportedly selected at the suggestion of actor Noah Taylor. "Shark Attack Theme" is a variation on the series' main title music; "Open Sea Theme"'s original title is "Thatcherie".
  • The Loquasto International Film Festival cue is based on the 1st Movement of J.S. Bach's Cantata Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140.