Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Philly singer lands song in weepy teen blockbuster 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Summer Fiction's Bill Ricchini goes Hollywood.

Philly singer lands song in weepy teen blockbuster 'The Fault In Our Stars'

Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in “The Fault in Our Stars.” (Twentieth Century Fox photo)
Ansel Elgort and Shailene Woodley in “The Fault in Our Stars.” (Twentieth Century Fox photo)

Bill Ricchini, the Philadelphia songwriter who specializes in making enticingly bittersweet melancholic pop under the musical moniker Summer Fiction, has a landed a song in The Fault In Our Stars, the Shallene Woodley- and Ansel Elgort-starring Josh Boone-directed adaptation of John Green's much-weeped-over young adult novel.

The Summer Fiction song in the movie, which made took in $48 million at the box office in the U.S. last weekend, is "Tell Me Once, Tell Me Twice" a subtly infectious piece of lovelorn piano pop that plays during a teen cancer group support scene early in the film. 

The song features the keyboard work of BC Camplight, the Philadelphia ex-pat now living in Manchester, England, Camplight - real name Brian Christinzio, read more about him here - who produced the new Summer Fiction album due later this year in Manchester.  But "Tell Me Once" actually dates back to a 2010 session in Philadelphia, which Ricchini, who splits time between Brooklyn and South Philly, released as the B-side to the single "By The Sea."

"Tell Me Once, Tell Me Twice" is not on the offical Fault soundtrack, which spotlights Ed Sheeran and three songs by Brit teen singer Birdy, but the song is available as a free download on the Summer Fiction Bandcamp page. Listen to it below.

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