'FAUX REAL II' - REAL BANDS COVERING FICTIONAL BANDS, OUT NEXT WEEK ON VINYL
Allison Crutchfield, singer/guitarist of the band Swearin' (and twin sister of Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield), has recorded a cover of the Paul Williams-written "Special To Me," the Phoenix audition song from Brian De Palma's Phantom Of The Paradise. The song appears on the compilation Faux Real II, which will be released on vinyl April 28, 2015, on Father/Daughter Records. The album, a sequel to last year's Record Store Day release Faux Real, features real-life bands covering songs by fictional ones-- songs written to be performed by characters from films, TV shows, cartoons, and so on. The cover of the album includes the credit, "Allison Crutchfield as Jessica Harper." You can listen to Crutchfield's version of the Phantom song on SoundCloud.
Crutchfield tells NME, "I first saw Phantom Of The Paradise at my dear friend Perry Shall's birthday. He'd organized a screening at his house because it's one of his favorites, and though I was wary to watch a movie I'd never heard of, I was immediately in love with everything about it. Every element is so nuanced and bizarre and oddly specific to this weird little scene that is ruled (and scored) flawlessly by Paul Williams. The song Phoenix sings in the audition scene is my favourite because it's literally her make-or-break moment and she handles it like a true badass singing a weird perfect pop song."