Jimmie's Chicken Shack Turned Down For "Brokedown Palace"

The new Claire Danes film, "Brokedown Palace," opened over the weekend to tepid reviews and slow ticket sales, earning less than four million dollars at the box office.

With a first weekend like that, the movie would seem to need all the help it can get. However, according to the film's producers, one source they didn't need help from is rap/rock hybrid Jimmie's Chicken Shack.

The band was actually approached to record a cover of the Grateful Dead's "Brokedown Palace" for the film (which takes its title from the same), but Shack frontman Jimi HaHa tells the MTV Radio Network that the band did a "drum and bass/reggae spitball of punk mess" version of the tune, which got rejected for the soundtrack.

"We recorded it, and it was just too much damn fun for the movie," HaHa said. "It's so much fun. It is fun, fun, fun. And [the characters in the film] are going to prison for life, and

we're like, 'Woo-hoo, let's party.'" [RealAudio]

In happier news for Chicken Shack fans, the band are preparing to release their next album, "Bring Your Own Stereo" on August 24. The video for the first single, "Do Right," has already been deemed "Buzzworthy" by MTV.