By Fred Topel | Images property of Universal Pictures
Get Him to the Greek
In the months leading up to the release of Get Him to the Greek, you might start hearing the songs of Aldous Snow play on the radio. Aldous Snow is the rock star played by Russell Brand in the film and he sings all original music. Lyle Workman composed the music for some of the songs, and he watched from the mezzanine as Brand performed “Bangers, Beans and Mash” at the Greek theater last year.
On Set: Get Him to the Greek
As “Aldous” sang the love ballad, it raised the question: is this a metaphor? “You’d have to ask Jason Segal,” Workman said. “I worked on the musical part of it but I left all the lyrics to him.”
Segal created the character Aldous Snow in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The spinoff features a lot more of his music. “Jason would bang out an idea on the piano and sing a verse or chorus,” Workman said. “Then he’d send it to me and I’d add some different sections to it and different melodies, then shoot it back to him. I left it all up to him to do all the lyrics.”
By the time of Greek, Snow has fallen on hard times and drifted back into his drug habit. Between his comeback and his original glory, Workman created two different eras of Aldous Snow music.
“The earlier stuff is a little more punky,” Workman said. “The newer stuff is a little more world, like a big band like U2 or Coldplay. It’s a different place.”
Workman also invited other rock stars to help. “We have Dan Bern and Mike Viola who wrote a lot of songs for Walk Hard. We have Bird in the Bee, Inara George and Greg Kurstin are writing stuff. Jarvis Cocker has written some stuff. We did a song by Carl Barat from the Libertines, a song called ‘Let’s Get F***ed.’ That’s one of the 1999 songs. We have a number of people submitting material, all for Aldous.”
Get Him to the Greek opens to theaters on June 4th.