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.