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Alejandro Escovedo puts his mark on “Veronica Mars”

Peter Blackstock

Editor’s note: This article was originally published March 3, 2014

“We used to be friends, a long time ago,” Alejandro Escovedo sings with a certain irony in his re-recording of the Dandy Warhols’ theme song to the “Veronica Mars” TV show. Escovedo’s version is being released on the soundtrack for the new “Veronica Mars” movie, which makes its debut at SXSW this weekend.

If Escovedo and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas weren’t quite good friends a long time ago, they certainly were acquaintances. In the mid-late 1980s, when Escovedo was playing Austin venues such as the Continental Club, Liberty Lunch and Texas Tavern regularly with his band the True Believers, Thomas was playing the same clubs with his bands Public Bulletin and Hey Zeus.

Entertainment Weekly has posted a preview of the recording, which is the first song on the soundtrack disc due out March 11. Other artists included on the soundtrack include Sufjan Stevens, ZZ Ward, Gregory Alan Isakov and Lou Rawls (with his mid-’70s hit “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine”). The disc closes with the original Dandy Warhols version of “We Used to Be Friends.”

Thomas frequently included the music of Austin acts into episodes of “Veronica Mars” during its three-year TV run. Escovedo’s bandmate Jon Dee Graham was among the artists with a song featured; Spoon and Cotton Mather had tracks on the TV series soundtrack disc that came out in 2004.