‘Kasbah’ Soundtrack a ’70s Blast

Director Barry Levinson’s upcoming Bill Murray starrer, Rock the Kasbah, may borrow it’s title from a 1982 song by The Clash, but judging by the trailer it’s channeling the sounds of the ’70s, with David Bowie’s 1974 hit “Rebel, Rebel” backing the trailer, and mention of Murray himself performing Deep Purple’s “Smoke On the Water” in the script.

Murray plays a talent manager for a rock star wannabe (Zoey Deschanel) who he books for a show in Afghanistan for “2,000 horny soldiers.” She winds up stranding him in the desert and hijinks ensue.

Levinson, while not known for music movies, put together a hit soundtrack for his 1982 film Diner, featuring  a pantheon of ’50s acts (Dion and the Belmonts, Carl Perkins, Bobby Darin, Fats Domino).  The film had a brief run as a stage production in Baltimore, with original tunes by Sheryl Crow.

As for Kasbah, Darren Blumenthal (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) is the music producer, with Laura Katz is music consultant. Marcelo Zarvos (Foxcatcher) composes the score.

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