Juliana Hatfield – “Needle In The Hay” (Elliott Smith Cover)
The new two-disc compilation I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson collects covers of songs from the soundtracks of Anderson’s movies — Telekinesis covers the Kinks’ “This Time Tomorrow,” Mike Watt does the Stones’ “Street Fighting Man,” Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s (a band named after an Anderson character) takes on “Ziggy Stardust,” etc. This is a great idea for a comp. Anderson is an expert at reclaiming iconic music so that for those who’ve seen his films the song becomes inextricable from the movie. That’s perhaps never been truer than with Elliott Smith’s “Needle In The Hay,” which soundtracked an attempted suicide in The Royal Tenenbaums, a scene that took on eerie new resonance a few years later when Smith ended his own life. Below, hear Juliana Hatfield’s version of the song, which manages to make the song more punchy without completely undermining its smoldering intensity.
I Saved Latin! A Tribute To Wes Anderson is out 5/13 on American Laundromat.