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Giraffes on Horseback Salad: The Soundtrack







Music by Quin Arbeitman Inspired by the Book Written and Conceived by Josh Frank With Tim Heidecker Based on a Screenplay by Salvador Dali Written for the Marx Brothers


"Bring beverage and blanket, Josh Frank's soundtrack for Giraffes On Horseback Salad has a dreamlike intensity, rabbit-holes that lead to other rabbit-holes, presented as floor show, musical comedy album that guides with libretto and gags and surreal contemplation from another time and place. Stay hydrated."  The Pixies’ Black Francis


“Giraffes on Horseback Salad: The Album is a tantalizing work of musical speculative fiction."

-Joel Hodgson, Creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2019: Lakeshore Records is set to release on July 26 the companion album to the recently released graphic novel Giraffes on Horseback Salad.  Written by pop culture historian Josh Frank (Fool the World: An Oral History of The Pixies), the vividly illustrated book that NPR’s “Fresh Air” has praised and Publisher’s Weekly called “Utterly one of a kind” is based on a screenplay written in 1937 by famed Surrealist Salvador Dali as a potential movie for the Marx Brothers.  The screenplay merged Dalí’s imaginative art with the fast-paced comedy of the Marx Brothers. Rejected by MGM, the film never made it to the silver screen, disappearing into the annals of history, a footnote in the otherwise prolific careers of artistic greats. Fully realized and reimagined in graphic novel form (with original songs baked into the book through lyrics sung by the characters in word bubbles), Frank turned his attention to creating a REAL “soundtrack” with song, score and spoken word vignettes. 


Frank enlisted the help of composer and jazz multi-instrumentalist Quin Arbeitman who brought the book to life with a large cast of players and vocalists from around the world including Japanese harpist Kaoru Arai-Colucci who played solos throughout reminiscent of Harpo’s contributions to each Marx Brothers film.  Dali had originally envisioned music by Cole Porter in the film and Arbeitman found himself channeling Porter in his compositions. The resulting vibrant music with a decidedly vintage flair was recorded in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan and provides the perfect backdrop to the mix of fantasy and classic comedic flourishes. 


Appearing on the album as characters in the book are Frank Ferrante (the Marx Bros. Estates official Groucho), Matt Roper as Chico, Brian Hemstock as Jimmy and introducing charlotte Kerbs as The Surrealist Woman. Brian Baumbartner (beloved character actor who played Kevin on The Office) brings his vocal talents to two special tracks and Finnish genre bending band Pepe Deluxe also contribute a theme song to the mix.  Lakeshore Records will release the international collaboration of Giraffes On Horseback Salad digitally on July 26.  “La Femme Surreal” will be available as an instant grat track with all preorders beginning . The book is currently available on Amazon via Quirk Books.


A comment on the Surrealists’ desire to challenge the mundane woes of everyday life, Giraffes on Horseback Salad follows Jimmy, a businessman whose life is turned upside down when he encounters the Surrealist Woman, a magical shape-shifting beauty who is turning his upper-class social scene on its head. Jimmy is instantly smitten with the mysterious woman, and as their relationship deepens, the powers of the Surrealist Woman begin to distort the world around them. From eye-popping parties to otherworldly scenes packed with signature Marx Brothers gags, Giraffes on Horseback Salad highlights the best of the iconic creative forces behind its conception, Salvador Dali and the Marx Brothers.


Says Frank: “I am so excited to be the guy not only to collaborate with Salvador Dali to finish his dream script but to have collaborated with this international group of musical artists who together helped complete Dali’s vision with a true Cole Porter inspired Phantasmagoric and surreal Soundtrack to what has been called “The greatest movie never made.” Well, we made it, and now thanks to Lakeshore, everyone can HEAR it too! We have created a new piece of Marx Brothers art for the world, and it's a dream come true."


Says Arbeitman: “Being called on to stir together the zany chaos of the Marx Brothers with Cole Porter's witty grace and Salvador Dali's impeccable absurdity was (much like a Dali painting) a dream come to life that I never even knew I'd had. That such ingredients would birth a soundtrack that's playful and fun was almost a given, but the mysterious beauty simmering under it all came as a complete surprise. I believe Dali's Surrealist Woman was our muse, and thanks to her haunting inspiration, now anyone who wants to see this incredible lost film can do so -- simply by putting on the recording and closing their eyes.”


Says Bill Marx (Harpo’s son): “When I close my eyes and listen to the Harp Playing within the music of Giraffes On Horseback Salad, I can hear my dad.”


Track List:

1. The Surrealist Woman (Opening Credits Theme Song) - Pepe Deluxé

2. Doing the Chez La Vie (feat. Frank Ferrante) - Quin Arbeitman

3. Chico's Warm Up (feat. Frank Ferrante and Matt Roper) - Josh Frank

4. The Pull of the Harpstrings (feat. Kaoru Arai-Colucci) - Quin Arbeitman

5. Reel Change (feat. Owen Egerton) - Quin Arbeitman

6. Make Way (feat. Frank Ferrante and Matt Roper) - Josh Frank

7. What They Call Falling In Love (feat. Charlotta Kerbs and Brian Hemstock) - Quin Arbeitman

8. Intermission (feat. Owen Egerton) - Quin Arbeitman

9. The Shadow Plays (feat. Brian Hemstock) - Quin Arbeitman

10. La Femme Surreal (feat. Frank Ferrante) - Quin Arbeitman

11. Harpocratic Metamorphosis (feat. Natsumi Shibata and William Prunkl) - Quin Arbeitman

12. Tomorrow Isn't Just Another Day (feat. Cast of Giraffes On Horseback Salad) - Quin Arbeitman

13. Lights Up (feat. Matt Roper and Owen Egerton) - Josh Frank

14. Silent Track - Quin Arbeitman

15. Doing the Chez La Vie (feat. Brian Baumgartner) [Groucho's Night Off Version] - Quin Arbeitman

16. La Femme Surreal (feat. Brian Baumgartner) [Groucho's Night Off Version] - Quin Arbeitman

17. Groucho Retires the House, Hooray Hooray Hooray, and Two Hard Boiled Eggs (feat. Frank Ferrante and Owen Egerton) - Josh Frank



(Austin, TX) Josh Frank is a writer, producer, director and composer. He's the author of Fool the World:

The Oral History of a Band Called Pixies; In Heaven Everything Is Fine; and co-author of the illustrated novel The Good Inn. He built, owns, and operates the Blue Starlite Mini-Urban Drive-In Movie Theatre in Austin,Texas.



(Kyoto, Japan) Trained in jazz piano at the University of Miami (Florida) and the University of Texas at Austin, and in the arts of the stage for two years at The Desmond Jones School of Mime and Physical Theatre in London. A musical director who has accompanied artists as diverse as Wayne Brady, Masahiro Kuwana and Rickie-G. Quin, and performed and sung the voice of Sally the Bird for NHK’s celebrated educational cartoon Little Charo. He most recently made the jazz duo album Starlight Serenade with Glenn Miller Orchestra saxophonist Ian O’Beirne.



(Los Angeles, CA) is an award-winning comedian, writer, director, actor, and musician. He is one half of the comedy team Tim & Eric, with Eric Wareheim, known for the TV shows Tom Goes to the Mayor, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, as well as the film Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and the popular book Tim & Eric’s Zone Theory.



Lakeshore Records is the four time Grammy Nominated independent music division of Lakeshore Entertainment, producers of such films as The Age Of Adaline, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Ugly Truth, The ExorcIsm Of Emily Rose, The Underworld franchise, and Million Dollar Baby, winner of Four Academy Awards including Best Picture.


Lakeshore Records has released popular and classic soundtracks to such films and tv shows as Drive, Stranger Things, Moonlight, Lady Bird, The Walking Dead, Star Trek: Discovery, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hurt Locker, Napoleon Dynamite and many, many more.


Lakeshore Records has released score albums from composers such as Jonny Greenwood, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell, Cliff Martinez, James Horner, Thomas Newman, John Powell, Mark Isham, Graeme Revell, Rolfe Kent, Gustavo Santaolalla, Philip Glass, Dario Marianelli, Mark Mothersbaugh, Christophe Beck, Christopher Young, Rachel Portman, and Marco Beltrami.


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Kurt Nishimura



Making of Teaser 1

Making of Teaser 2



What would a Marx Brothers movie be without music. Well it would be a Marx Brothers movie WITHOUT MUSIC!

We couldn't allow that, SO...

We asked some friends to help out!

First the amazing band Pepe Deluxe´ (Click link here to their website and catalog to learn more about PEPE!) whose members live in New York and Helsinki wrote a THEME SONG to act as the imagined "opening credits" song. This song will be available on February 5 through this website, iTunes, and other streaming services. But we didn't stop there...




Then we reached out to a friend who lives in yet another foreign land, Japan. Mr. Quin Arbeitman a man of Jazz and mystery is scoring the original soundtrack to the 5 songs whose lyrics make up an important part of the story in the book. Along with  his international Jazz Band they will record the score as Dali would have wanted... in the key of COLE PORTER! All 5 songs in the book are currently being scored and recorded along with 5 additional songs that follow the Movie/books dramatic moments and will be available through THIS website and on iTunes and other streaming services at book launch!



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