19 November 2010

Harry Potter Music: The Weird Sisters

{ The Weird Sisters in action }

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows comes out in theaters today, well, I'll be honest with you, I'm pretty excited.

What's even more fascinating magical is the most popular band in the wizarding world: The Weird Sisters.

When I started reading the books I always wondered how this fictional band would translate on the silver screen. Maybe there would just be some random cast of actors pretending to be a rock 'n' roll band or maybe the filmmakers would just ignore The Weird Sisters all together.

Not the case.

What the filmmakers did was grab some of the best musicians in British rock 'n' roll and pretty much created a super group.

Originally, the band that was supposed to play The Weird Sisters was the Scottish outfit, Franz Ferdinand.

But for whatever reason, the filmmakers were unable to get Franz.

So, all they did was get two lads from Brit-pop legends Pulp (Lead singer and songwriter, Jarvis Cocker and bass player Steve Mackey), a couple blokes from a little band called Radiohead (lead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and drummer Phil Selway), added rhythm guitarist Jason Buckle from the electronica group All Seeing I and keyboard extraordinaire Steven Claydon from the electronic outfit Add N to (X).

Not a shabby bloody lineup (pardon my language), if I do say so myself.

Cocker wrote three songs for the film, "Do The Hippogriff," "This Is The Night" and "Magic Works" and guess what? They're pretty great songs.

Take a listen for yourself!

{ The Weird Sisters - "Do The Hippogriff" }

{ The Weird Sisters - "This Is The Night" }

{ The Weird Sisters - "Magic Works" }

Not bad at all, I'd say.

Because of the Jarvis Cocker songwriting and singing and with the Pulp bass player it pretty much sounds like Pulp with some amazing guest stars (again, not bad having Jonny and Phil from Radiohead filling out the sound).

Now, if only they'd write an entire album...

{ The books are always better than the movies. }