Friday, May 24, 2024

“Cruella” Soundtrack, Out Today, Gives Clues About Film’s Cost, with Queen, Blondie, The Clash, Nina Simone, Bee Gees and More


How much did Disney’s new “Cruella” cost? From the insanely sumptuous sets, costumes, and special effects, it sure looks like $200 million.

What cinches it? The soundtrack. Out today, with a new song by Florence and the Machine, “Cruella” threatens the “Guardian of the Galaxy” soundtracks for Jukebox of the Year award.

The list of artists includes Supertramp, the Bee Gees, The Doors, Nina Simone, The Ohio Players, Ike & Tina Turner, ELO, Queen, Blondie, and The Clash.

And those are just the tracks that made the album. There have to be twice as many in the movie, all hits, plus Nicholas Britell’s score. You have to license all that music, it’s not free, and it’s not cheap. But music supervisor Susan Jacobs really pulled out all the stops. All those hits help propel “Cruella” from the 60s to modern day London.

Missing from the actual record are hits like Nancy Sinatra’s “These Boots Are Made for Walking” and many more from Carnaby Street-era London.

PS Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” has turned into the copyright of all time. Dozens of commercials. John Legend sang it on a fundraiser last year. I hope Nina’s heirs are cleaning up on it.



1 Call me Cruella – Florence and the Machine
2 Bloody Well Right – Supertramp
3 Whisper Whisper – Bee Gees
4 Five to One – Doors
5 Feeling Good – Nina Simone
6 Fire – Ohio Players
7 Whole Lotta Love – Ike & Tina Turner
8 Livin’ Thing (2012 Version) – Electric Light Orchestra
9 Stone Cold Crazy (2011 Version) – Queen
10 One Way or Another – Blondie
11 Should I Stay or Should I Go – Clash
12 I Love Paris – Georgia Gibbs
13 Love Is Like A Violin – Ken Dodd
14 I Wanna Be Your Dog – John McCrea
15 Come Together – Ike & Tina Turner

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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