Cover of "Money" on movie soundtrack
Written by Matt   
Sunday, 27 April 2003

The forthcoming (and unnecessary?) remake of classic British comedy "The Italian Job", filmed on the streets of Hollywood (where else?!) includes a remake of Pink Floyd's "Money" by a band of ex-Guns'n'Roses musicians. The following extract from a Rolling Stone news story tells more:

The singer of "The Project" -- the band featuring former Guns n' Roses members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum -- has not yet been announced, but heavily tipped candidate Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots will front the band for at least one song. Weiland recently recorded a cover of Pink Floyd's "Money" with the ex-Gunners for the soundtrack to director F. Gary Gary's upcoming remake of the 1969 British crime comedy The Italian Job, which stars Mark Wahlberg, Edward Norton and Charlize Theron.

"Scott is doing this one because that's the voice that they wanted and they like working with him," a spokesman for Slash said, adding that the group is still auditioning a number of other vocalists. Among those vying for the job are former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach (who, the source said "desperately wants to come back again"), Days of the New singer Travis Meeks, Lit singer A. Jay Popoff, ex-Buckcherry singer Joshua Todd and ex-Neurotica singer Kelly Shaefer. To date, more than 600 potential candidates have campaigned for the gig, with Slash and Co. bringing in at least 100 known and unknown singers for live auditions.

The Floyd cover also features guitarist David Kushner, who performed with McKagan in his side project Loaded. The soundtrack is due May 26th.

This news has been met with dismay by certain elements of the Floyd community, who are not looking forward to hearing it. Newsgroups are already starting to argue about it in heated discussions...