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Caine's chill out

Julie Cullen speaks to the screen legend about the music that makes him tick

  • 13/10/2009
  • Ruth Barnes
Michael Caine

Big screen legend Michael Caine's new film sees him play a retired Marine widower out for revenge, in Harry Brown.

The soundtrack to the movie includes Chase & Status featuring Plan B, and Michael Caine says it's crucial to the film's atmosphere.

Caine is a celebrated music lover, having released his own compilation CD of chill out, Cained, in 2007. It seems it was whilst having dinner with Elton John, that the east Londoner realised he was an expert in ambient music:

"I was at a dinner party with him and he had some background music on and it was chill music. I kept saying, 'Oh that's wassaname, I know that' and he was like, 'How do you know these people?!' because it's not like Elton John or The Beatles or something, it's obscure names. And I just put out a little chill record," he explained.

"Cockneys, we were always dancing in the pubs"

Michael Caine

The cinematic icon went on to explain his fascination with the genre: "It was started with the Buddha Bar in Paris, a man called Claude Challe. It was from all over the world.

"The one that always makes me laugh, it's one of the most romantic songs in chill music I've ever heard... and it's called Swollen by a group called Bent. And you go, Swollen? by Bent?!" he laughed.

So how would this appeal to the old East End Michael Caine? "The old East End Michael Caine came up in me in the disco era, which was a knees up! Cockneys, we were always dancing in the pubs."

"You remember I grew up in the 60's, it's amazing. I had a friend, he said, 'I am going to be a rock 'n roll manager', cockney boy - Terence Stamps brother he was, Chris. I said, 'Are you really?' He said, 'Yeah, we got a group, we signed a group from the pub!' I said, 'What they called?' he said, 'The Who'."

To hear the full interview with Michael Caine, you can listen again to the Music Week.

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