"Good Times, Bad Times," the first track from Zeppelin's self-titled debut album, had never been licensed for a movie before Russell used it in
Russell was joined by "American Hustle" editor Jay Cassidy, who also worked on Russell's previous film,
The trend of using Zeppelin songs almost continued with "American Hustle," Russell's 1970s-set con story loosely based on the
"Fortunately," Russell continued, "we have [Susan] Jacobs, our music supervisor, who's wonderful, and Philip Tallman, who's our [music] editor, and she knows the way to do all these things, including getting 'White Rabbit' [the Jefferson Airplane song] in Arabic, which was a great idea. Including getting Jeff Lynne, the founder of ELO, to open up unreleased tracks to us, which was just unbelievable — and a whole different sound. I associate ELO with more of the music that we've seen in other pictures, a kind of West Coast sound, and this is a completely different sound."
He added, "It's a wonderful thing to hear a song that feels like a classic you know, but you have never heard it."
For more from Russell and editor Jay Cassidy on "American Hustle," watch the full video above.