Lost & Found: And After All, This Was the Original ‘Wonderwall’
‘Wonderwall’ became much more than a tale of obsession — it was also a snapshot of the ’60s counterculture. It was an experiment in filmmaking that predicted future films like ‘Tommy’ and ‘Brazil.’ It was the impetus for the first solo Beatles album, George Harrison‘s ‘Wonderwall Music.’ Harrison’s solo album would introduce the West to Indian raga music. Oh, and ‘Wonderwall’ was also a song by Oasis. It made them a lot of money.
‘Wonderwall’ is the story of a hermit scientist who starts peeping on his neighbors, a photographer and his model girlfriend, Penny Lane. The scientist sees her through a hole in his wall, and starts making more holes so he can get a better view. He watches the pair doing photo shoots, and soon begins obsessing over them. It’s pretty strange.
If you’re trying to guess the level of strange in this movie, just think about the sort of film Harrison would write a bunch of sitar music for during the ’60s. When you pictured that sort of film, did it seem like a rom-com, or did it remind you of something David Lynch might make while on lithium? There you go.
Despite their strangeness, the film and the subsequent soundtrack are both worth checking out. The song in the trailer is as good as anything the Beatles ever released. Even when it gets psychedelic, it’s still a George Harrison tune. The man helped invent pop music as we know it. A perfect example of this mix of unusual and catchy is the track ‘Red Lady Too.’ Check it out below.