One of the most talked about moments at the inaugural YouTube Music Awards was the live music video Spike Jonze directed for Arcade Fire. He called upon actress Greta Gerwig to be featured in the live video of “Afterlife,” and it was considered a big success.
But the YTMA was far from the only time that Arcade Fire and Jonze have collaborated. The director and band took their relationship public when Jonze featured the Arcade Fire song “Wake Up” in the first trailer for his 2009 movie “Where The Wild Things Are.” Though The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O scored that film, “Wake Up” was a perfect fit for the movie’s tone.
In fact, Jonze went as far as to tell Ain’t It Cool News that he wrote the script for “Where The Wild Things Are” while listening to the Arcade Fire alum “Funeral” on repeat. He then cut the above trailer specifically to fit a new version of “Wake Up” that Arcade Fire recorded for him, and not the other way around. “That record is thematically very connected to the film,” he said at the time of “Funeral.”
That’s why it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to find out that Jonze turned to Arcade Fire to score his following feature film, the upcoming movie “Her.” The announcement came in the flick’s trailer, though none of Arcade Fire’s music was featured in that video. “Her” will hit theaters in limited release on Dec. 18 and in wide release on Jan. 10.
The partnership works in reverse, too. Jonze directed a 30-minute short film called “Scenes from the Suburbs” that was inspired by the band’s album “The Suburbs.” Scenes from it were used in the Arcade Fire’s official music video for the record’s title song, “The Suburbs.” Jonze premiered “Scenes from the Suburbs” at the 2011 Berlin International Film Festival.
Are you a fan of Jonze’s collaborations with Arcade Fire?