Okay, I got a recommendation through amazon.com for this (you buy some John Williams CDs, and they think you want every soundtrack ever released). Curious as to what would be on it, I pulled up the track listing.
I'm not sure whether to laugh hard at it, close my browser quickly to avoid being struck by lightning, or what.
The stupid "Music Inspired By" trend in soundtracks is not a new one, unfortunately. A bunch of crap thrown on a CD with the name of a flick slapped on, often to the detriment of music actually in the movie that isn't released. I can't think of a single one I've heard that isn't pretty forgettable.
But "inspired by" implies that someone actually saw a movie, had a lightbulb pop up over their head, and wrote a new song. Given the subject matter and graphic nature of this movie--and I'll insert here that I've not seen it yet, since my wife never let me see Big Fish on the big screen and, well, long story--but I'd think it would be even a bigger deal for something so serious. (To avoid starting a religious debate, that's about all I'll say about that at the moment.)
So, how is a "King" who's been dead almost 30 years inspired by a brand new movie?
Did Bob Dylan see this flick, have a flash of inspiration, and time travel back to 1997 to write "Not Dark Yet"? (And is that even a religious song?)
What about Nick Cave (I think he's an atheist, isn't he?) or Leonard Cohen (a Buddhist)? And I'm not sure, but I think their songs are older as well.
Isn't it just wrong to lie about the inspiration of these songs? Note that it isn't sold as songs inspired by the event, but the film.