UPDATED: Gatsby-Mania: 5 Songs for the New Great Gatsby Soundtrack
UPDATED to correct Daisy with Myrtle Wilson in item No. 2.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is the greatest novel ever written that everyone had to read in high school. And now it's going to be the greatest movie ever made that everyone will have to watch, supposedly out in May, because Leonardo DiCaprio is in it. It's in 3D for some reason too, even though there's not one single action scene in the entire book.
Since this movie is going to be a big deal, the producers have decided to do a big-deal soundtrack release with it, complete with original songs from Prince and Lady Gaga and Jay-Z & Kanye's "No Church in the Wild." To be honest, they sound like perfect picks, considering the subject matter of the book and film (yuppies partying and love triangles). But it got us thinking: What songs are already out there that the producers could use for scenes in the movie?
Obviously, spoilers for the book are going to follow here. So if you somehow escaped high school without reading it, look away.
5. Rockwell, "Somebody's Watching Me"
One of the prominent themes in the book is the fact that the eyes of a giant billboard for an ophthalmologist named Dr. T.J. Eckleburg constantly seem to be watching the characters. No doubt this will make for a striking image in the movie.
Given the paranoia the eyes seem to inspire in the narrator character of Nick Carraway, we felt this one was appropriate to match his feelings, repeatedly expressed throughout the novel.
4. DMX, "Party Up"
In 1925, F. Scott Fitzgerald could never have predicted the rise of a party anthem such as one by DMX. This was the jazz age! But for a modern Gatsby movie, what could be a better song for the great parties Gatsby holds?
Plus, we just really want to see Leo dancing to this. Especially if he does it with this look on his face.
3. Pearl Jam, "Last Kiss"
Perhaps the most striking (no pun intended) scene of the movie will be when Tom Buchanan's mistress, Myrtle Wilson, is struck down by a car driven by Tom's wife Daisy. "Car crash" songs are, weirdly, make up an entire genre, and were especially popular in the '50s. But we felt like Pearl Jam's cover of the Wayne Cochran original really just sums up the whole "car crash song" genre and would fit great with the scene, in tone and sound.