fun.’s Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost have collaborated with Rob Kroehler and Andy McCluskey on the original song “A Million Stars” for Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul’s upcoming film The D Train. The tune appears on the soundtrack alongside Dost’s original score and classic tunes from Foreigner and Quarterflash. The soundtrack makes its digital debut on May 5; the CD hits stores on May 26. The D Train debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and hits theaters across the United States on May 8.
Antonoff scored a Golden Globe nomination alongside Taylor Swift for “Sweeter than Fiction” from One Chance (2013). Perhaps the fun. guitarist will have similar (more?) success with “A Million Stars.”
Dost says of the the film’s score:
The directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, absolutely had a clear vision. They knew right away that they wanted a synthesizer-driven, John Hughes-esque score. We tried a few different ideas anyway – a western, Morricone style sound, for example – but when we landed back on the synthesizers we knew it was the way to go.
It’s perhaps no surprise that “A Million Stars” fits in with the “synthesizer-driven, John Hughes-esque” vibe of the score; it’s difficult to not think of “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” from The Breakfast Club (1985), if only for a moment. Check out the updated original song page here and the full press release below:
LAKESHORE RECORDS PRESENTS
THE D TRAIN – ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK
Featuring Original Music By Andrew Dost
Plus Songs By INXS, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), The Vapors
And The New Song “A Million Stars” Featuring Andrew Dost And Jack Antonoff (fun.) With Vocals By Andy McCluskey (OMD)
(April 22, 2015 – Los Angeles, CA) – Lakeshore Records will release THE D TRAIN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on May 5th and on CD May 26, 2015. The album features original score by Grammy-winning songwriter Andrew Dost, classic tracks by bands including INXS, The Vapors, Quarterflash, Mr. Mister, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD), and the original song “A Million Stars” performed by Andy McCluskey (OMD), Rob Kroehler (Ladylike), Jack Antonoff (fun.) and Andrew Dost (fun.).
“The directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul, absolutely had a clear vision,” said Dost. “They knew right away that they wanted a synthesizer-driven, John Hughes-esque score. We tried a few different ideas anyway – a western, Morricone style sound, for example – but when we landed back on the synthesizers we knew it was the way to go.”
Andrew Dost is a songwriter who has recently begun shifting his focus to composing for film and television. He grew up in northern Michigan playing in concert bands, brass and percussion ensembles, punk bands, jazz bands, and learning to play any instrument he could find. He attended Central Michigan University, where he wrote a musical and began touring. After years of traveling in Anathallo, he co-founded the band fun. fun. toured extensively on their first album Aim and Ignite, but it was their sophomore effort Some Nights that finally garnered mainstream success.
All his life, Dan Landsman (Jack Black) has never been the cool guy. That’s about to change if he can convince Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), the most popular guy from his high school who’s now the face of a national Banana Boat ad campaign, to show up with him to their class reunion. A man on a mission, Dan travels from Pittsburgh to LA and spins a web of lies to recruit Lawless. But he gets more than he bargains for as the unpredictable Lawless proceeds to take over his home, career, and entire life. Showcasing Jack Black and James Marden’s most intoxicating performances to date, THE D TRAIN serves up the question: how far would you go to be popular? Co-starring Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor.
“The first scene I did was when Dan is looking through his yearbook, fantasizing about going to the reunion with Oliver,” Dost explained. “That one struck me right away as an important moment for the overall tone of the film. It could be funny, it could be ludicrous, it could be sincere; ultimately, it’s everything. So I tried to play up the wonder and mystery rather than try to pick on Dan. Jarrad and Andy were really helpful with that type of moment – they’re masters of walking a line between funny, hyper-serious, sad, and everywhere in between. Jack Black played Dan with so much depth, I felt something different every time I watched the movie.”
01. A Million Stars – McCluskey, Kroehler, Antonoff and Dost
02. So In Love – Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
03. Never Tear Us Apart – INXS
04. Harden My Heart – Quarterflash
05. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
06. Turning Japanese – The Vapors
07. Kyrie – Mr. Mister
08. Far Behind – Candlebox
09. See If I Can Flip You to a Yes – Andrew Dost
10. Certain Realities of High School – Andrew Dost
11. Yearbook – Andrew Dost
12. Heading Out to the West Side on Biz – Andrew Dost
13. You Will Be Giving Those People a Gift – Andrew Dost
14. Coming Home – Andrew Dost
15. Lawless RSVP-ed – Andrew Dost
16. Classic Lawless – Andrew Dost
17. Is That Supposed to Make Me Feel Better? – Andrew Dost
18. I Peaked in the 11th Grade – Andrew Dost
19. The D Train – Andrew Dost
IFC FILMS presents THE D TRAIN opening in theaters nationwide on May 8th. Lakeshore Records presents THE D TRAIN – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, available digitally on May 5th and on CD May 26, 2015.