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By Corey Deiterman
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Perry Farrell, "Go All the Way (Into the Twilight)": The Jane's Addiction front man goes electro-pop for this single from the first Twilight soundtrack. Sounding vaguely like one of Nine Inch Nails' more accessible recent singles, it's just too undeniably catchy to overlook. The big single from that soundtrack ended up being Paramore's "Decode," but for those of us turned off by that band's hackneyed attempts at mainstream emo, Farrell's song is the hit.
Iron and Wine, "Flightless Bird, American Mouth": This folkie waltz also comes from the first Twilight soundtrack. It appears in the movie during Bella and Edward's prom, and while I can assure you there isn't a school in the country that actually plays Iron and Wine songs at proms or other dances, it is nevertheless one of Samuel Beam's prime cuts. Incidentally, it showed up again later as a wedding remix on the soundtrack for Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011), a stripped-down orchestral version that wouldn't have sounded out of place in a smoky club in the 1950s.
Beck & Bat for Lashes, "Let's Get Lost": You know you're doing something right if you manage to get Beck involved with your project. Aside from being a great musician, he's just the pinnacle of cool. Here he duets with Bat for Lashes on a track that could have easily been on Björk's Post. You can hear the Björk influence in Natasha Khan's vocal performance, yet she makes the track her own with a twist of Kate Bush in her style. And when Beck shows up with his verse, you know this one's a winner.
Thom Yorke, "Hearing Damage": From the New Moon soundtrack (2009), this single from the Radiohead front man features some of Yorke's heaviest electronic exploration since his band's seminal album Kid A. It serves as a distinct precursor to their latest album, The King of Limbs, and features Yorke's trademark ethereal vocals. Who knows what it has to do with Twilight, but I'm just glad to have more Thom Yorke to go around, period.
Battles, "The Line": Battles has to be one of the weirdest bands to break into the mainstream in years. Apparently, to get this on the Eclipse soundtrack (2010), Battles had to re-record it three times, with edits suggested by the film's producers. You can really tell, because this is a far more accessible-sounding Battles. Regardless, it maintains all of the group's charm, with a break reminiscent of Animal Collective and guitar squeals in the background taken straight from a Scary Monsters-era Bowie track, which eventually turns into an extended polka-rock fusion outro. COREY DEITERMAN
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II is in theaters this Friday.