Date published: March 1, 2010
Guy (Ritchie) and I didn't want it to be a big homogenous orchestral score. We wanted it to be something with a bit of attitude. It just so happens we seemed to like the same sort of music: Irish jigs, gypsy music, stuff like that. Over the opening titles, I needed to say to an authence, "Okay, you can have a bit of a laugh."
2 IS IT POISON, NANNY?
This is actually a hip-hop riff. It was much more thinking in a modern way but using old Instruments.
3 I NEVER WOKE UP IN HANDCUFFS BEFORE
The gypsy thing seemed to work best if we put some North African drums behind them. It just seemed to be right. And never be afraid of using an accordion. Okay, so I could've got fired for it, but I had to have a bash.
4 MY MIND REBELS AT STAGNATION
5 DATA, DATA, DATA
6 HE'S KILLED THE DOG AGAIN
This is really Kurt Weill, going back to The Threepennny Opera. In a weird way, I got to write all my German stuff out of my system. So much of the score elsewhere is oompah, oompah, oompah. It's straight out of a beer hall.
7 MARITAL SABOTAGE
8 NOT IN BLOOD, BUT IN BOND
9 AH, PUTREFACTION
I had a really hard time finding a decent out-of-tune piano. Unless it's your granny's or it has been sitting in a pub forever, you're not going to find one hanging about in a studio. So we actually had to go to eBay and buy unloved pianos.
10 PANIC, SHEAR BLOODY PANIC
I don't think there have ever been so many banjos in a Warner Bros, tentpole movie. It was time to give the banjo back its rightful place, instead of everyone just going, "Scream like a pig!"
11 PSYCHOLOGICAL RECOVERY... 6 MONTHS
There's a lot of virtuoso playing here. I was trying to do what goes on in Holmes' head, In a way. The other thing about him is that you know, if he doesn't keep moving, he's going to get very depressed, so there's an element of forward motion all the time.
Lome Balfe, my producer, went to the Sherlock Holmes museum on Baker St. in London and bought every bit of tourist junk he could. We ended up with hats, ashtrays, you name it. There's a rather fabulous photo of Guy in a deerstalker that I will sell back to him for vast amounts of money.