Hollywood Goes Wild
Hollywood Goes Wild is a unique album featuring Hollywood stars performing music. The compilation album of songs was produced by executive producer Ron Lovely of All Star Media. The album was created to benefit The Wildlife Waystation charity. It was released March 27, 2001 in the US. The album was produced by Ron Lovely and All-Star Media and distributed by Navarre Corporation.
Created after a meeting of Ron and Keanu Reeves while his band Dogstar were on tour. The second guest to sign on was actor Brad Pitt, who was a friend. Brad performed a new version of the song Midtown from his film Johnny Suede, directed by Tom DiCillo. Brad sang and Ron played guitars and added vocals. Ron produced the album mostly in Los Angeles with Mark Fine of Polygram, who had the label Polymedia (released the album Women For Women). Bruce Willis and Jeff Goldblum and his orchestra were also produced in Hollywood.
The album features who's who of stars: Milla Jovovich, with an exclusive new track with her band Plastic Has Memory; Johnny Depp's first US music release, playing together with Iggy Pop; Russell Crowe and his band. At the time he was nominated for a best actor Oscar and best film the Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott.
Ron Lovely got the idea to create this album as a concept from The Beatles Producer Sir George Martin, while he was working on one of his most famous studio albums titled In My Life. Sir George was a dear friend and mentor to Ron.
The album was very successful and was featured in press and interviews in Rolling Stone Magazine, People, Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Tonight, Fox, NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, ABC, the BBC and NPR. The album featured many of the stars singing on an album for the very first time and started a trend of Hollywood stars otherwise famous for acting, to record their own music.
The Album was also released in Europe and Asia and became a hit in Japan.
The Wildlife Waystation is a refuge for endangered wild animals in the Angeles Forest.
- Jeff Goldblum (& The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra) - "Born Free'ky"
- Russell Crowe (30 Odd Foot of Grunts) - "The Photograph Kills"
- Bijou Phillips - "Polite"
- Brad Pitt - "MidTown"
- Juliette Lewis - "I Can Hardly Wait"
- Keanu Reeves (Dogstar) - "Your World"
- Milla Jovovich (with Plastic Has Memory) - "On the Hill"
- Billy Bob Thornton - "Island Avenue"
- Mare Winningham - "It's So Hard"
- Bruce Willis - "Crazy Mixed-Up World"
- Iggy Pop and Johnny Depp - "Hollywood Affair"