I'm damn proud of this record. Each song works perfectly in capturing the energy, emotion, and comedy of the film. THE MATADOR has been a labor of love the whole way through. I feel the soundtrack captures the fun of the movie, the experience we had making it, and hopefully you did while watching it.
Have a margarita (cock optional), and listen away. Richard Shepard ~ Writer/Director
From the Artist
In the first cut of THE MATADOR, the film was longer and darker. Pierce dreams of bullfights and hears the Stones "Paint it Black" in his restless sleep. At the end of the film, at the cemetery we hear "You Can't Always Get What You Want". It was fitting and emotional. But it was also expensive as all hell. Talk about not getting what you want-- There's a reason Mick Jagger owns his own private jet-- that one song was our entire music budget. Things had to change. As editing progressed and the film found it's own rhythm, sure musical choices, suddenly were open to discussion. You can't always get what you want, but you get what you need.
We realized that the opening of our film was too dark, and audiences were having a hard time figuring out if they could laugh or not. I'm all for shades of gray as much as the next indie filmmaker, but if they ain't laughing at Pierce painting his toenails we were in big fat f***ing trouble. So we changed things. I still wanted the bad-boy Brit aesthetic that was both integral to our music choices and to Pierce's character-- but "Paint It Black" had to go. I love the Jam. Always have. When I was in high school in the early 1980's I thought the Jam was dangerous, very cool music. The Jam jams. And once it went into the opening credit sequence, it was crazy that we ever thought of anything else.
The scene where Pierce walks through the lobby in his underwear and cowboy boots was basically improvised in the hotel lobby in Mexico where we were staying. It was a one take deal, and other then three extras all those people staring at Pierce were real hotel guests, wondering what peyote they just dropped. Bryan Furst, one of the film's producers, suggested The Cramps for the scene. Goddamn if it wasn't perfect. Forever immortalizing Pierce's funniest moment in the movie. You ain't no punk, you punk.