It’s been a minute since I have felt interested in a Wes Anderson movie.
Today I saw the trailer for Asteroid City and that has changed.
Incredible. As a sucker for Wes Anderson’s aesthetic, seeing it in the desert with a Manhattan Project/Roswell tilt seals it.
What bothered me is the song “Freight Train” by Nancy Whiskey and The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group that is used in the trailer. I strongly dislike it.
“Freight Train” is a great song by Elizabeth Cotten. It’s a beautiful song about a life’s journey and the desire to be left alone.
This cover by The Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group is removed from that idea. It’s goes on about some dude on a train who fucked up and should probably be dead and buried. This compounded with the upbeat rhythm feels like a cartoon train plowing through my head. And not even a good cartoon! Like some bootleg 80s special trying to be retro.
I feel that you can view this cover in other ways, but on a pure vibe perspective, the cover sucks and ruins a song I like.
I would like to add that I think Wes Anderson movies typically have good soundtracks so this choice of song feels like a fart.
I think Asteroid City looks good. I will watch it. I will undoubtably hold an irrational negativity toward this cover of “Freight Train”.
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