SOUND-TRACK FEVER: Can music make a movie better? You'd never know it after hearing most of the awful sound tracks adorning current Hollywood fare, but carefully chosen music can add an entire new dimension to a film. The most intriguing current example is the sound track to "Something Wild," which features an eclectic array of pop talent, including UB40, David Byrne and Celia Cruz, the Fine Young Cannibals and Sonny Okosun. "The great thing about music is the way it can change our visual perceptions," explained director Jonathan Demme, a rock fanatic who was at the helm of the Talking Heads' "Stop Making Sense" film. "It was important in our film to give the audience a fresh glimpse of America and we thought music was the perfect vehicle. It's one thing to see characters driving down a country road, but another entirely when you add an exotic, reggae sound track. It gives you a totally new perspective on the countryside."
Demme hired Laurie Anderson and John Cale to help score the film. But several lesser-known performers are featured in the film, including Q Lazarus, whom Demme discovered driving a cab in New York. One of the key scenes in the film unfolds as the Motels' hit, "Total Control," is playing on the sound track. "It's one of my favorite sequences," Demme said. "Because it shows how your life can turn upside down during the course of a three-minute pop song."