Radiohead and Mumford & Sons songs to be given mariachi makeover in animated film

A host of artists have been given a Mexican twist for 'The Book Of Life'

Songs by artists including Radiohead and Mumford & Sons have been given a mariachi makeover as part of new animated film The Book of Life.

The film, created by Fox, will open in cinemas in October and features the voices of actors such as Christina Applegate, Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana.

The film takes its style cues from Mexican folk art, Day of Dead folklore, the Greek myth of Orpheus and Mayan culture but will feature current popular music with a twist. Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ and ‘I Will Wait’ by Mumford and Sons have both been transformed by the film’s musical supervisor, Gustavo Santaolalla.


Other songs in the film will include Elvis Presley’s ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’ and ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy’ by Rod Stewart.

Director Jorge Gutierrez describes the songs as coming from “the playlist of my life,” and cites Radiohead’s approval of the film as being key to securing other big artists. “I thought that at some point they’d be replaced,” Gutierrez told Billboard. “After we got ‘Creep,’ every band said ‘wow you got Radiohead.’ That made it easier.”

“Using norteño and mariachi music communicates to the audience Mexican culture is international,” added Guillermo del Toro. “Mexico is more than folklore – it’s the way we filter the influence of the world.”

Placido Domingo has performed some opera songs for the film while other mariachi style covers come from Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeroes as well as Santaolalla himself.

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