Episode 8

Published on:

7th Sep 2020

How Did the Soundtrack to Romeo + Juliet (1996) Change Dietrich Seney's View of Shakespeare?

Creator of the Hardworkrr12 on Cars YouTube Channel, and my former roommate, Dietrich Seney stops by the podcast to talk about the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s 1996 adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He talks about how the film and his interest in the soundtrack helped him better understand Shakespeare as a freshmen in high school and how many of the songs continue to connect him to scenes in the film. We talk about how Garbage’s “#1 Crush” was almost omitted from the soundtrack and how Radiohead actually asked Baz Luhrmann to omit the song they wrote for the film from the soundtrack. We also discuss the popularity of The Cardigans, Everclear and the Butthole Surfers around the release of the film. Finally, we talk about a night at a Garbage concert that became memorable not for the music but for the venue and a conversation with some Garbage fans seated near us.

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Soundtrack Your Life
A podcast about soundtracks and why they're important to us.
Twice a month, Ryan Pak takes a look at a soundtrack. Whether it be a song, a band, or a connection to a specific scene, he discusses personal connections to the soundtrack, either with a guest and/or co-hosts, Brandice Wilson and Nicole Barlow.

Episodes are released on 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month.

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Ryan Pak

Ryan has a degree in Film Studies, and he’s a musician. So, Soundtrack Your Life is the perfect intersection of his two main passions. Plus, he’s an avid music fan—hunting down rare songs from his favorite bands has familiarized him with many obscure soundtracks over the years. It's been so gratifying for him to hear fellow film and music enthusiasts share their stories of why they love soundtracks!