When you watch the movie “The Royal Tenenbaums,” you may hear one of John Lennon’s best-known songs, “Look at Me,” performed by the Rolling Stones. The Beatles’ iconic “Revolution” was one of the most memorable themes of the film, and the movie’s soundtrack features classic rock hits from the 1960s and 1990s.
During the drug intervention in the film, “Rock the Casbah” and the Clash’s “Police & Thieves” play. The first time Ritchie visits Eli, “Hey Jude” is played by Erik Satie. The movie’s composer, Jason Schwartzman, recommended Emmit Rhodes, who looked like Paul McCartney. Wes used a Rhodes song called “Lullaby” from his 1970 self-titled album, which was influenced by McCartney’s own band.
The film’s use of a Beatles song was an inspired choice. Yoko Ono’s iconic “Revolution” is the most popular song in the movie, and the Clash’s “Police & Thieves” is the second-most-played track. The Rolling Stones’ refusal to license the song was a setback to the project. But, the filmmakers managed to include some of Elliott’s music in the film.
Several notable songs appear in the film. The Rolling Stones’ “Rock the Casbah” is played during Eli Cash’s drug intervention. The Rolling Stones’ “Police & Thieves” is played when Ritchie first visits Eli. A song by Emmit Rhodes, “Lullaby,” is used during the final scene. The film’s ending, “Peace and Love,” is a classic and an unfailing success.
The film’s soundtrack contains several songs by the Beatles. The Rolling Stones’ “Rock the Casbah” is heard during the drug intervention, while the Clash’s “Police & Thieves” plays during the earlier drug pickup. While the Beatles’ “Hello Jude” was not included in the film, it is used in the film’s bookend.
While the film is largely a comedy, Elliott’s “Lullaby” is the most recognizable song in the film. Although it is a cover of the Beatles’ “Hello Jude,” the song is reminiscent of the song written by Paul McCartney. It was also a homage to the songwriters of The Clash’s classic album, “Police & Thieves.”
Anderson managed to convince the Rolling Stones to loosen their licensing restrictions by putting out a personal plea to Yoko Ono. He wanted to end the film with a cover of “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, but the band’s illness didn’t help matters. As a result, a cover of the song was added to the film.
The film is a tribute to Elliott’s “Lullaby” on the album. The song is played throughout the film, and it is not a cover. The original version of the song is a cover. However, the lyrics are similar to the Beatles’ song. It isn’t an exact replica. While this may seem a bit ironic, the lyrics and music of the movie’s soundtrack are still one of the most influential.