Mastodon’s Brann Dailor on New Bill & Ted Track “Rufus Lives”: We Wanted to “Tip the Hat” to George Carlin

The band focused on writing a "party rock" song as opposed to a "doom and gloom" track

Mastodon’s Brann Dailor (via Zoom), Bill & Ted (via Orion Pictures)

    Mastodon recently contributed the new song “Rufus Lives” to the the film Bill & Ted Face the Music. We caught up with drummer-vocalist Brann Dailor to discuss the track and the band’s involvement in the movie.

    As Dailor tells us, the band was approached by the movie’s music supervisor to pen a new song for the long-awaited third film in the Bill & Ted series. They were given the scene in which the song would be featured, and got to work on writing “Rufus Lives”.

    The outcome is a heavy hitting, fast-paced rocker that Dailor explains was the result of the filmmakers telling the band, “We want ‘party rock Mastodon’ instead of ‘doom-and-gloom Mastodon’.”


    As for the song’s title, the band members are big fans of late comedian George Carlin, who played Rufus in the first two Bill & Ted movies.

    “We picked ‘Rufus Lives’ for a title because we love George Carlin … and we wanted to take the opportunity to tip the hat to a great human being and great comedian,” says Dailor.

    Dailor also recalls seeing the original Bill & Ted movie in the theater when it was initially released. “I saw that at the theater probably a couple times when it came out. I know that I was 13, 14, something like that — metalhead kid, long hair, jean jacket, Iron Maiden back patch … so it was right up my alley.”


    Watch our Zoom conversation with Brann Dailor about Mastodon’s Bill & Ted Face the Music contribution “Rufus Lives” above. Check out the song itself below, and pick up the soundtrack to the movie here.

    Stay tuned for a longer portion of our interview focusing on Mastodon’s new compilation, Medium Rarities, as well as their upcoming studio album.

    Trouble viewing the video interview in the player above? Watch on YouTube.