The Baguette Quartette and Monsters, Inc.

Just thought I'd share this discovery with everyone; this is some of the reason I love Disney music--it can lead you to some interesting places......

My wife has been listening to a variety of French music lately. She picked up "Rendezvous a Paris," a "Hear Music" CD sampler, at Starbucks recently, and particularly liked a selection of accordion-based music by a group of musicians called the Baguette Quartette. With a little Internet searching, she found their website; they're a group of San Francisco-based musicians that play music that was heard in Paris between 1920 and 1940 on street corners, in cafes, and in popular dance halls--and their music was in Monsters, Inc., in the scene where Mike and Sully open a "door" that leads them through Paris. My wife clearly remembered the scene, and actually had been looking for similar Parisienne music! The Baguette Quartette has three CD's available(already ordered through Amazon); my wife even e-mailed them, asking if the selection heard in Monsters, Inc. was on any of the CD's--the response, from Rick Trevor, their bass player:

"I'm amazed you even noticed the music in that Monsters, Inc. scene. I remember recording a couple of minutes of music, only to hear it edited down to what seemed like a couple of seconds, and put way into the background. That is the way it works in the movie business.

The name of the tune(it is really just a "cue"--not a fully composed piece) is "It's the Cheese." It was written(I think) by the fellow who was arranging the music for the film(described to us as "Randy Newman's right-hand guy"). Much to my embarassment, I can't remember his name. I think he based the composition on a Gus Viseur tune(Swing Valse) that is on our Rendez-vous CD. I remember thinking he did a nice job on it. We have not recorded it. Perhaps we should, but maybe we should retitle it "C'est le fromage"? "

Anyway, I thought some of you might be interested in this information--great attention to detail by John Lasseter and friends!

The CD's should be arriving tomorrow...... their website is: