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The Rum Diary soundtrack. The riddle of The Rum Diary is a most perplexing of cinematic puzzles: given that you want to make a movie based on the Puerto Rico-set book by the late, great Hunter S. Thompson, then who would be good to get to star in said movie? Why, Johnny Depp seems a winning choice, what with him having already essayed a Thompson alter-ego to much acclaim in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and he also being one of the biggest film stars in the world to boot.

In terms of supporting cast, be sure hook in an up-and-coming favourite of impressionable teenage boys everywhere, say Drive Angry’s Amber Heard, to up the sex appeal, and as the shady tycoon who Depp’s character falls foul of, then who better than Aaron Eckhart? So effective opposite Bale in The Dark Knight and now, having established himself as a top screen actor, being moulded into a leading action man in his own right (Battle: Los Angeles), the exact same trajectory charted by Depp before him.

As for the director – well, given that Thompson’s book is every bit as bawdy and booze-soaked as its title and its author’s reputation would suggest, then the visionary choice is to hire the man responsible for the finest and funniest drunk movie ever, namely Bruce Robinson, writer-director of the immortal Withnail & I. And lo! So it all came to pass.

A creative cocktail with all the makings of a critical and commercial hit, one might think. Why then has The Rum Diary seemingly been hung out to dry for so long? It was rumoured for an appearance at Cannes last year, only for it to have made an outrageously late entrance – hitting movie theatres some 18 months further down the line. It is a mystery that would take an altogether more sober journalist than Depp’s Rum Diary character of Paul Kemp to get to the bottom of. The only thing Paul routinely gets to the bottom of is sold in liquor stores.

The sound of The Rum Diary is however not the sound of the barroom, an elegantly wasted glamour taking precedence over disgraceful drunkenness on the soundtrack album. The tone is set by an opener from showbiz’s premier smiling gin-monkey himself, Dean Martin, before composer Christopher Young settles into his stride, delivering a snappy raft of light-stepping, hip-swaying tracks with colourful titles like Rockin’ on my Rooster (With My Dead Monkey’s Mother) and Desperate Drunks and Postcard Loons.

Depp himself chips in with a fistful of numbers, with the results turning out to be nowhere near as horrific as might be expected, before proceedings are wrapped up with Patti Smith, lending her weathered tones to a vocalised version of the Depp-penned Mermaid Song.

Listen To The Rum Diary Soundtrack :

You can download The Rum Diary soundtrack as mp3s here (available now)
Or get it on cd here (available 29th November)

The Rum Diary Soundtrack – Track List
1. Volare (Nel Blu Di Pinto Di Blu) – Dean Martin
2. Rum Diary – Christopher Young
3. Suckfish and Snake – Christopher Young
4. Mother of Balls – Christopher Young
5. Chenault – Christopher Young
6. Flagged Me Smiling – Christopher Young
7. Pink Jelly Remains – Christopher Young
8. Rockin’ on Rooster (With My Dead Monkey’s Mother) – Christopher Young
9. Sweat Bee – Christopher Young
10. Cock-Of-The-Rock – Christopher Young
11. Black Note Blues – Christopher Young
12. My Car the Cockroach – Christopher Young
13. Neon Popsicles – Christopher Young
14. Hefti-Tefti – Christopher Young
15. He Must Be a Sadist – Christopher Young
16. Puerto Rican Piss-Off – Christopher Young
17. Whacking a Salesman – Christopher Young
18. The Biggest Crook in New Jersey – Christopher Young
19. Desperate Drunks and Postcard Loons – Christopher Young
20. The Mermaid Song (Instrumental) – Johnny Depp
21. What About El Monstruo? – JD Band
22. Roll Out the Roosters – JD Band
23. Kemp in the Village – Johnny Depp and JJ Holiday
24. The Mermaid Song – Patti Smith

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  • Roy Arnold said

    What is the song playing in the scene where Johhny Depp’s character and Michael Rispoli’s character part ways. Johnny leaves in the sailboat. It’s near the end of the movie. I can’t seem to find it on this list of songs for the soundtrack.

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    • Shawntos said

      I think that last song when Paul Kemp is getting on the boat is titled “After All” by Frank Miller.

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  • laurie wood said

    whats the name of the song playing on the trailer for the film it seems new but all these songs dont seem to match its rythym???

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  • Charlie Hess said

    What is that guitar music being played on the sailboat at the dock scene and sung by an unnamed (I think) woman? Right before it you see them boarding and she is holding a guitar. It lasts only a few seconds but sounds very nice.

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    • Susy said

      Stone- I also really really want to know the name of the spanish sounding acoustic song played briefly on the boat immediately after Sanderson had words with Kemp about bringing Sala along….any ideas?? It is very beautiful…

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      • Stone said

        Susy, I have still been unable to find that song! I’ve run out of places to look. No one seems to know. The search continues!

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  • baddie said

    what is that 70s type song when he,s sailing away, now there,s a tune.

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  • Dylan said

    When he picks up Chenault in the borrowed car and almost drives off of a dock there is a way cool rockabilly sounding guitar track playing. Anyone know what song that is?

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    • Mattson said

      The scene where Paul takes Chenault for a drive is Dick Dale – Surfing drums

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  • Daniel said

    What is the song playing in the background where Kent is at a party and he goes paddling on a little boat in the ocean and he meets Chenault for the first time. It sounds like either a song by Marc Anthony or Luis Miguel.

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  • Stone said

    Here’s a hard one. There is a scene when Sanderson first realizes that Kemp brings his buddy Sala on the trip with him. They are about to get on Sanderson’s sailboat, and Sanderson stops Kemp and asks him if he took Sala to the Island, and that it was a mistake. They get on the boat, and when they are sailing off, there is a Spanish song playing in the background for about 30 seconds, with a guitar, and a lady singing in Spanish. I MUST find out what that song is! Does anyone know?

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  • Vinay said

    What is the songs name when Kemp first meet Chenault as well as the same song is in the kissing scene.

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  • Gerald said

    What is the name of the song when Chenault tells Paul that
    “there is a man outside in a funny little car waiting for Paul” during Paul’s meeting with Sanderson’s group at the formal party..and then she says “can’t stay? i hear the mermaids come out in the moonlight” It’s a piano piano piece with the rhythm of a brushed snare. It’s quite magical sounding.

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  • rum said


    can you tell me pls the name of the track after frankie millers – after all (i live my life)

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  • Andy said

    What’s the name of the song when Johnny and Aaron’s characters are in the car driving towards Aaron’s house, right after the mayor’s flight has been cancelled (towards the beginning of the movie…Aaron’s character invites the other for lobster)??

    Many thanks!

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  • steven said

    Whats the song the band was playing when they stripped on the dance floor and Depp and his friends were kicked out the bar?

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  • sron said

    Early in the film, the Paul Kemp character and the Bob Sala character adjourn to a bar for drinks, meeting up with another reporter from the paper. In the background, a kind of rag-style piano tune is playing. Any idea of the title?

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  • Will said

    There’s a song, right after the car scene where they nearly crash off the dock and Chenault is holding Paul’s arm, any idea what that songs called? Its like a much slower version of Rockin’ On Rooster, thanks.

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