Belle and Sebastian Turned Down a Spot on the 'Shrek' Soundtrack
"When they gave us this script about this large green cartoon monster, I turned it down"
Published Dec 04, 2020As it turns out, Smashing Pumpkins aren't the only band who missed out on a chance to appear on the coveted Shrek soundtrack. Filmmakers hoped Belle and Sebastian would join — but unlike the Pumpkins, the Scottish twee rockers turned down the gig willingly all those years ago.
Speaking with NME, the band's Stuart Murdoch shared a tale about the "biggest thing" they ever said no to. "My wife still reminds me that we turned down Shrek," he said. "We were party poopers to the point where we didn't want to be involved in film soundtracks."
He explained further: "We didn't want our songs being used inappropriately, so when they gave us this script about this large green cartoon monster, I turned it down. They wanted us to write for it and be part of the whole thing."
With a hint of regret about what could have been, he added: "Another time, we would have done it."
Back in 2001 when the film hit theatres, Belle and Sebastian already had a wealth of charting albums to harvest tunes from if they didn't want to record anything new. Back then, they had already released Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, The Boy with the Arab Strap, If You're Feeling Sinister and Tigermilk.
While some of their material obviously wouldn't have made the cut because of adult themes, we still can't help but wonder what Shrek could've been if the score included "Judy and the Dream of Horses."
Try to envision a hilarious Shrek-Donkey montage while you revisit the 1996 track below.