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DJ Tilda Swinton Will Rock Your Goddamn Socks Off

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | April 16, 2014 | Comments ()


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The Goddess known in our puny Earth language as Tilda Swinton was a guest yesterday on KCRW, the Los Angeles-based NPR station famous for having much, much better taste in music than you. She was on a program called The Guest DJ Project, and shared her “internal soundtrack,” to give us mere mortals a glimpse into what the goddess’ brain looks like. I would have guessed there’d be more gamelan and Gregorian chanting going on in there, but it’s still as weird and wonderful and spastic as you’d think.

This was her playlist:
1. Marilyn Manson - Personal Jesus

Swinton also mentioned that she and Marilyn Manson have been talking about doing a film together for years and that “he’s become a friend.” Of course. Of course those two hang out. Consider my mindhole blown.

2. Barry White - You’re the First, The Last, My Everything

Tildz played this as a tribute to Roger Ebert. She told an anecdote about rocking to this song after his death.

The last time I played it was… Roger Ebert used to have, still does, a wonderful film festival in Champagne, Illinois. And when I was there last year, which was only a few days after Roger left us, I told his wife, Chaz, about our film festival, the fact that there was a dance before every screening. When she asked me if I would do it at Ebert fest, I put this on for Roger and we all rocked this.
Another mental picture I’ll never get over.

3. David Bowie - Wild is the Wind

She describes her playlist thus far as “kind of this soundtrack that didn’t happen in some piece of work.”

4. Bjork - Mutual Core

The only person stranger than Tilda Swinton.

5. Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) - Beautiful Ride

Because she’s Tilda F*cking Swinton and if she wants to put Dewey Cox on her internal soundtrack than she’ll damn well do it on repeat.


You can listen the the whole program on KCRW.

Vivian Kane is happy to live in a world where Tilda Swinton and Marilyn Manson hang out, probably listening to Bjork.


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  • lowercase_ryan

    I adore her but holy hell does the idea of being in the same physical space as her intimidate me. She's just one of those people that I could never be cool enough to exist on her level. I'd be standing there like the main guy in Silicon Valley.

  • John W

    I just finished reading Under The Skin and instead of reminding of Scarlett Johansson the main character kept reminding me of Tilda Swinton.

  • Cowtools

    That is a cool playlist. Awesome that she's not afraid to unironically endorse Marilyn Manson. (Though Johnny Cash does the better cover of that song)

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    Somehow it makes me ridiculously happy that she and Marilyn Manson are friends! I wish I could hang out with them too.

  • Peep_Jerky

    There's a video of the dance-along at Ebertfest here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    Also, it's Champaign, because apparently we don't know how to spell in Illinois.

  • emmalita

    I really don't feel qualified to comment on the Swinton's soundtrack, except to say that it is very Swintony.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ditto, except adding that "Champagne, Illinois" as a transcription error makes me laugh.

  • emmalita

    I was so overwhelmed by the undefinableness that I didn't even notice. That seems like an appropriate error for a transcriber to make when listening to la Swinton.

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