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Dylan, Costello, Others Appear On Upcoming Coen Bros. Soundtrack

December 18, 1997 12:00 AM ET

The Mercury Records soundtrack to Ethan and Joel Coen's new movie The Big Lebowski is a genre-jarring compilation of tracks featuring artists ranging from Bob Dylan to Kenny Rogers with the First Edition to Gipsy Kings to Elvis Costello, who penned a new song for the release, due Feb. 10.

Costello's involvement with the project happened by chance; he was in New York in mid-October and had breakfast with pal T Bone Burnett, who is serving as musical supervisor on "Lebowski." Burnett invited Costello to join him at a meeting with the filmmakers that afternoon, and "I went from meeting with them to working with them in 20 minutes," Costello says.

The song, "My Mood Swings," which will accompany a critical bowling scene in the film, is described by Costello as "just a rock 'n' roll song, not any more or less than that." "Lebowski" hits theaters in February.

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