Disney has been consistent with the universe of ‘Cruella’ and endowed it with a soundtrack where there is a lot of rebellion and even messages of submission and domination. In one way or another, The Clash, Blondie, The Stooges and Siouxsie Sioux are part of history.
It is undeniable badass of the new Cruella with Emma Stone. For the first time, Disney vindicates one of the most hated villains in its history through its total reconstruction, going from its image to its soundtrack that we have to talk about. Florence and the Machine, Blondie, John McCrea, Iggy Pop, The Clash, Queen can be heard and most of them have in common having formed and pioneered punk, the true movement, created in the late 1960s in the United Kingdom and evolved during the 1970s, the decade in which this character originated.
If we get fussy, the Mickey Mouse company does not represent true punk philosophy at all. What’s more, listening to “Should I Stay or Should I Go” must be insulting to purists, but Cruella is backed by an unfortunate passage in the history of the counterculture: his abduction at the hands of controversial Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren, who, along with designer Vivienne Westwood, marketed what purported to be an anti-establishment and anti-bourgeois communion, through the famous SEX boutique, the mecca of punk fashion at the time.
One of the first successes was to call Florence Welch, from Florence and the Machine, to compose the title song, “Call Me Cruella”, a literal ode to the antagonist’s personality. Florence is a woman without equal: British, deceptively innocent; Have you seen it in concert? Her angelic aura quickly wears off, she is possessed by her past at age 11, when she had a little punk band, The Toxic Cockroaches, and her costumes were patched scraps of some of her mother’s clothes.
We also ran into Queen (let’s not forget her biographical film Bohemian Rhapsody), thank God it’s not with the usual songsWho in their right mind can say that “We Will Rock You” is the most heavy? Cruella remember that “Stone Cold Crazy” could be the first thrash metal song ever, for a reason Metallica and Tommy Iommi love it and have re-recorded it! The drums of Roger Taylor, the band’s bataco, take a tempo above punk.
The aesthetics of Cruella is very particular, we could easily go with Nina Hagen, Siouxsie Sioux, from Siouxsie and the Banshees; Patti Smith, Debbie Harry and even in the 90’s with Courtney Love, especially when she saw her face makeup with the legend “The future“(it would have been more punk the”No Future“). There is a lot of fabric to cut from, even Peter Murphy and Robert Smith could leave their influence on the reconstruction, remembering the tangled hair of the leader of The Cure and seeing the molding of the bicolor of the crazy designer, it would not be surprising that their photos have been on the table storyboards.
That said, not including a Blondie song would have been a sin, fortunately there is “One Way or Another”. From the drawer we also heard “Should I Stay or Should I Go”, by The Clash, but the more surprising is “I Wanna Be Your Dog”, for the size of the irony in the title and because historically the song of The Stooges was conceived under acid hallucinations of Iggy Pop and represents an act of submission. It is at this point where Disney does not seem to be so hot. The version for the movie is performed by Cake’s John McCrea.
Again, Craig Gillespie’s film may have only taken the banal image of the counterculture and the famous “Do it yourself“for necessary purposes of the lead character, but On a musical level he has been consistent and placed bands that we would not have heard before in his productions, and to the list you have to add Supertramp, Nina Simone, Bee Gees and others. In tastes genres are broken, but a bit of history and counterculture no one dislikes. Cruella It is available in movie theaters in Mexico and it is Disney + with an extra cost, while the album can be listened to in its service of streaming favorite.