They say the film's violence doesn't necessarily suit their music

By Tom Sinclair
Updated February 04, 2000 at 05:00 AM EST
Whitney Houston
Credit: Courtesy Arista Records

”American Psycho,” which debuted at Sundance last week, has proven true to the spirit of Brett Easton Ellis’ book, down to its antihero’s penchant for pop. The movie (due in April) uses Huey Lewis’ ”Hip to Be Square,” Phil Collins’ ”Sussudio,” and an instrumental of the Whitney Houston hit ”The Greatest Love of All” in lurid murder and/or sex scenes, all accompanied by the evildoer’s heartfelt praise.

Did the stars know their music would score such grisly images? Lewis won’t comment, but Collins’ manager, Tony Brown, now says he ”did not realize the link when granting the approval. There is no relation to violence in [Phil’s] music or lyrics.” Meanwhile, Houston rep Lynn Volkman says ”since they’re not using Whitney’s version, and she didn’t write the song, they didn’t need to come to us.” But, she adds, ”if the public perceives this to be a Whitney song, I think I’m going to call her lawyer and see what his thoughts are.”

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