She & Him Cover The Smiths’ “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

There’s a long history of “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” covers in movies: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Not Another Teen Movie, Sky High… OK, not that long. But you can add to the list (500) Days Of Summer, the Zooey Deschanel/Joseph Gordon-Levitt love story with the meaningful-core soundtrack (its trailer opens with the leads bonding over “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”). I think I saw an advertisement for it somewhere? Zooey’s joined here by her songwriting partner, folk monster Matt Ward, and theirs is a ghostly, twangy take on the Smiths’ briefest ballad, appropriate for the last dance at a ’50s prom (ask grandma).

Here’s what else you’ll find on the soundtrack. (I’d say cue the Garden State comparisons, but you probably did that when Joseph Gordon-Levitt appeared in oversize headphones.)

01 Mychael Danna And Rob Simonsen – “A Story Of Boy Meets Girl”
02 Regina Spektor – “Us”
03 The Smiths – “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”
04 Black Lips – “Bad Kids”
05 The Smiths – “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”
06 Doves – “There Goes The Fear”
07 Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams”
08 The Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition”
09 Carla Bruni – “Quelqu’un M’a Dit”
10 Feist – “Mushaboom”
11 Regina Spektor – “Hero”
12 Simon & Garfunkel – “Bookends”
13 Wolfmother – “Vagabond”
14 Mumm-Ra – “She’s Got You High”
15 Meaghan Smith – “Here Comes Your Man”
16 She & Him – “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want”

And the Pixies’ “Here Comes Your Man” is used in a karaoke scene. Here’s Zo and Joe drinking beverages and talking about how much they love karaoke.

Sorry guys, she’s engaged. That Brian Wilson is a lucky guy.

(500) Days Of Summer soundtrack is out 7/14 on Sire.