(established 2013; last updated 6/9/13)
Tonto's Giant Nuts isn't so much
a band as it is an alterego for Johnny. Tonto's
Giant Nuts have surfaced twice so far: on the Once Upon A Time In
Mexico Soundrack in 2003, and on the West Of Memphis
Soundtrack in 2013.
When Robert Rodriguez was preparing the soundtrack to his 2003 film, Once Upon A Time In Mexico,
he decided to get help from the film's cast members. In the
liner notes to the album, he says, "One
aspect of the score that I'm most excited about was the fact that I
asked several of the actors (musicians in their own right) to come up
with musical ideas that best represnted the characters they were
playing... Johnny Depp went out and wrote a whole piece for his
character. I'm presenting it here in the film he sent it to
('Sands Theme'). It also plays in the movie when Johnny steps out of
the taxi cab to get dressed for the 'Coup de Etat'."
Although Rodriguez orchestrated the theme for other parts of
film, Johnny's original version is used on the on the soundtrack and
credited as "Written and Produced by Johnny Depp, Bill Carter, Bruce
Witkin and Ruth Ellsworth - Performed by Tonto's Giant Nuts."
According to Wikipedia,
Johnny "invented the
name Tonto's Giant Nuts as a joke. It is not the name of his band, as
Although Johnny is generally considered to be the composer
performer of the song, Carter, Witkin and Ellsworth share credit for
contributions in an unknown capacity.
Tonto's Giant Nuts emerged once again a decade later for the West Of Memphis: Voices For
Among several contributions by Johnny to this disc are two
are credited to Tonto's Giant Nuts: Little Lion Man (with the
added credit "(Feat. Johnny Depp & Bruce Witkin)"), and Damien
Echols Death Row Letter Year 16 1/2 (with the added credit "(Feat.
Johnny Depp) and Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Original Score").
Johnny and Bruce are presumed to be the performers on Little
Man, though no individual musician credits are cited in the liner
notes, and Johnny provides spoken word to Death Row Letter.
With the advent of the upcoming film The Lone Ranger,
in which Johnny portrays the character Tonto, there has been some
renewed interest in Johnny's choice of name for this alias. A
articles have appeared in publications in recent months, among them:
Tonto's Giant Nuts also has its own Discography
on the web.
It remains to be seen whether Tonto's
Giant Nuts will ever surface again on a future project!
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