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Oly bands enjoy time in spotlight

Two Olympia bands - Two Ton Boa and Long Hind Legs - have songs that are part of the soundtrack to the Robert Pattinson film "Remember Me" that opened March 1.

Boa’s “Have Mercy” and Legs’ “Open Wide” are included on the film’s soundtrack album, which is a good thing because not much of either song can be heard in the film.

“My song is playing on the character Tyler’s stereo while he is on the phone with his love interest,” said Boa founder Sherry Fraser of Olympia. “Ani di Franco is playing on her stereo, and Two Ton Boa is playing on his stereo.

“If people know Two Ton Boa, they will recognize the song, but if you’re unfamiliar with the band, it’s not playing long enough for someone to really start to discern something.”

Fraser, her bandmate/husband Scott Seckington and Vern Rumsey of Long Hind Legs saw the movie Sunday, along with a group of about 60 friends and family members. Fraser gave the film a mixed review, while Rumsey said it was good but intense. The film is getting a lot of attention because Pattinson stars in the wildly popular teen vampire series “Twilight.”

“I didn’t hear our song, but my mom did and a few other people,” said Rumsey of Olympia, half of Long Hind Legs. (The other half, Greg Allen, now lives in New York City, so the duo hasn’t played together in several years.) “It was there, I guess. I’m not disappointed.”

All of the songs featured on the soundtrack are heard only in the background of the film, both artists said.

“I’m happy our songs are on the soundtrack because that’s where people are going to discover the music,” Fraser said. “In this film, they are using all of the songs as musical props to create a realistic atmosphere.”

The album, which is available digitally and is set for CD release next month, also includes artists such as Luscious Jackson and Sigur Ros.

“I feel good about being on such a great soundtrack,” Fraser said. “All of the songs they are putting together and selling are really strong.”

The Olympia-based bands, both on Kill Rock Stars, have had songs in films before: Long Hind Legs’ music has been featured in some small independent films, while another band’s remake of Two Ton Boa’s “Comin’ Up From Behind” was used in 1999’s “Cruel Intentions.”

“This is different because it’s my band,” Fraser said. “I’m really happy that it happened.”

She said that for an underground musician, there’s a definite upside to having a song chosen for a mainstream film.

“People understand being a doctor or a teacher, but when you’re a musician, it’s sort of like, ‘Why don’t you get a real job?’ ” Frasier said. “It feels good for your family to have something they can talk about that’s tangible: ‘Oh, Sherry has a had a couple of songs in Hollywood movies. What she’s doing must be legitimate.’ ”

But it was also strange to see that mainstream validation.

“It was kind of weird to watch the credits roll and see my name on the screen,” Rumsey said. “It was cool.”

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