lyrics & music by
Elizabeth A. Hoehn & Stephanie Swindle
From the beginning of pre-production, director Brad Mays knew that music was going to be a major concern on THE WATERMELON. This is particularly true because of the significant amount of television being watched by some of the film's characters. In the "stoner scene," Achilles and Patroclus smoke grass and watch rock videos, posing a double problem: how to come up with something new and unseen by a mass audience without spending a near-fortune on aquisition and legal fees, with the appropriate edginess the story requires.
Then, right before production in June of 2007, Mays came across an article in Smithsonian Magazine, a retrospective of the photographic work of William Eggleston. There, printed in superb color, was a shot entitiled "They Needed To Talk," in which an old Princeton friend, Lesa Aldridge, was clearly featured. Although he'd not spoken to Lesa in many years, Mays had nevertheless been aware of her work in the Memphis music scene during the seventies and early eighties, culminating in the formation of an all-girl band called the Klitz. Googling the band, Mays discovered to his astonishment that the Klitz, who'd broken up years ago, had recently reformed and would be gigging at the Hi-Tone Cafe in July. And although it was clear that a trip to Memphis would be out of the question until THE WATERMELON was in the can, Mays resolved to contact Lesa (who now went by the name of Elizabeth Hoehn) at some point during the editing process with the hopes of shooting some later gigs and using the footage for the required rock video.
Finally, in late November, Mays got in touch with Elizabeth who, as fate would have it, had just finished composing an autobiographical song which both artists suspected might fit THE WATERMELON's mood and themes. By early December, the Klitz had cut the song "Seismic Shift" in Memphis' Ardent Studios and sent it off to the film's director, who considered it perfect for a particular scene. Delighted with how "Seismic Shift" enhanced his film, Mays persuaded the Klitz to allow him to film a late December show at Automatic Slim's, from which the still-needed rock video could be created. One thing led to another, and now the director has plans to film an entire documentary about the fabled all-girl band, utilizing footage shot over 2008 as well as clips from a Memphis television special produced in the 1980's.
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