Bruce Springsteen Wrote a Song for the ‘Harry Potter’ Films, Which They Passed on Somehow
Back around Christmastime, the well-regarded genre-defiers Radiohead revealed that they had recorded their own theme for the latest James Bond picture, Spectre. It was baffling, not just because their composition was swooningly beautiful, but because the Spectre team ultimately ended up going with Sam Smith, instantly agreed upon as one of the lesser Bond theme singers. But that’s all peanuts compared to the latest gross injustice from the world of film soundtracking, with greater effrontery dealt to an even more esteemed statesman of rock.
Living national landmark Bruce Springsteen went on BBC Radio 2 yesterday to discuss music, life, and everything else with host Simon Mayo, The Hollywood Reporter notes. One of the most surprising revelations from the chat was that the gravel-voiced singer/songwriter written a song called "I’ll Stand By You" years earlier, intended for inclusion on the soundtrack to one of the Harry Potter films. Incredibly, however, the production crew on the popular fantasy franchise was like, "Nah, we’re good."
Setting aside how a person would even go about saying no to the Boss, Springsteen confided in Mayo that he hopes to repurpose the song for another children’s film down the (thunder) road. THR quotes him as saying:
"It was pretty good. It was a song that I wrote for my eldest son. It was a big ballad that was very uncharacteristic of something I’d sing myself, but it was something that I thought would have fit lovely. At some point, I’d like to get it into a children’s movie of some sort because it was a pretty lovely song."
Though his eldest son is 26 now, the boy would’ve been just the right age for such a ballad back when the Potter movies were still getting rolled out. Alas, Springsteen will have to settle for consolation of touching the hearts and minds of a new generation.