David O - David O. Russell Still Can't Believe He Landed Lost Elo Tracks For Movie
Director David O. Russell tracked down Electric Light Orchestra leader Jeff Lynne while he was dreaming up the soundtrack for his 1970s-era movie American Hustle and asked him to part with a handful of unreleased tracks.
The Silver Linings Playbook filmmaker had been told that Lynne would never hand over the never-before-heard tunes, but Russell was feeling lucky, thanks to his former post code.
He explains, "He (Lynne) happened to have a song called Overture 10538, which turns out to be the zip (post) code where I grew up, which is a freaky thing. I never actually talked to him about that, but he loved the film and gave these unreleased tracks to us.
"It's magic to have classic-sounding songs, which have never seen the light of day. Long Black Road and (Lynne's version of Debussy's) Claire De Lune are tracks that have been sitting on a shelf for over 20 or 30 years. I love using songs that are overlooked and not to be taken seriously."