KCRW Exclusive: Rodrigo y Gabriela – “The Pirate That Should Not Be”

 Rodrigo y Gabriela team up with Hans Zimmer Ph: Peter "Oso" Snell
Rodrigo y Gabriela team up with Hans Zimmer Ph: Peter "Oso" Snell

Earlier this year, composer Hans Zimmer came on Morning Becomes Eclectic and broke the news about his collaboration with musical duo Rodrigo y Gabriela on the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. He didn’t tell us much, but only had great things to say about the dueling guitarists.

Now, we finally get a chance to hear it!

Check out “The Pirate That Should Not Be” off the official soundtrack to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Stream “The Pirate That Should Not Be”

Hans Zimmer has worked on the score for all four of the Pirates films, but this is Rodrigo y Gabriela’s first time contributing to a film score — though they have already achieved some incredible feats in their career, having sold over 1 million albums and played at the White House!

Pirates_4_Cover_HiThe soundtrack has a distinctive Latin flavor (inspired by Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, who stars in On Stranger Tides, according to Zimmer), and Rodrigo y Gabriela are on five tracks, three of which are their original compositions. (including the song above!)

If you need more of a Rod y Gab fix, check out their live performance in our archives. It’s just stunning. Just try and follow their fingers with your eyes…just try.

You can hear the entire soundtrack streaming in full tomorrow on the official Facebook page for the movie and see a LIVE performance of “The Pirate That Should Not Be” on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, May 13. Its a Rod y Gab TV first — backed by a 10-piece band!

The album will be out Tuesday, May 17 and the movie hits theaters nationwide on May 20.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Track listing

1.    “Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow” — (written by Hans Zimmer)
2.    “Angelica” — Featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela
(Written by Hans Zimmer, Eduardo Cruz, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero)
3.    “Mutiny” — (written by Hans Zimmer)
4.    “The Pirate That Should Not Be” — Rodrigo y Gabriela
(Written by Rodrigo Sanchez, Gabriela Quintero and Hans Zimmer)
5.    “Mermaids” — (Written by Hans Zimmer and Eric Whitacre)
6.    “South of Heaven’s Chanting Mermaids” — Rodrigo y Gabriela
(Written by Rodrigo Sanchez, Gabriela Quintero and Hans Zimmer)
7.    “Palm Tree Escape” — Featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela
8.    “Blackbeard” — (written by Hans Zimmer)
9.    “Angry and Dead Again” — Rodrigo y Gabriela
(Written by Rodrigo Sanchez, Gabriela Quintero and Hans Zimmer)
10.    “On Stranger Tides” —
(Written by Hans Zimmer, Geoff Zanelli and Eric Whitacre)
11.    “End Credits” — (written by Hans Zimmer)
12.    “Guilty of Being Innocent of Being Jack Sparrow” — Remixed by DJ Earworm
13.    “Angelica (Grant Us Peace Remix)” — Remixed by Ki:Theory
14.    “The Pirate That Should Not Be” — Remixed by Photek
15.    “Blackbeard” — Remixed by Super Mash Bros & Thieves
16.    “South of Heaven’s Chanting Mermaids” — Remixed by Paper Diamond
16.    “Palm Tree Escape” — Remixed by Adam Freeland
17.    “Angry and Dead Again” — Remixed by Static Revenger



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  • Patrick

    seen them 5 times live. this is right up there with their top stuff – incredible. kinda of reminds me of opeth in a way (also the church bell from dream theater?!) – but then infused with their originality and the pirates of the caribbean theme…… wow!

    • Lyn

      I saw them at Blues Fest Byron Bay, two people two guitars, their music held the attention of everyone, enchanting, powerful, passionate energy.

  • Uh, lucky you! I'd do a lot to actually see them live. Just can't switch countries like that. It's a money thing.
    But bless them, i love their music! May their stars rise limitless.

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  • una de las mejores contribuciones artisticas para un film. Como dicen "a match made in heaven". I can't wait to see the movie. Felicidades Rod y Gab, disfruto mucho su musica. Buena Suerte.

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