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Songs in movies

Postby Dawg » Tue Nov 16, 2004 10:49 am

So what are some rather famous songs that you hear and can't get a movie scene out of your head when you hear it? It's as if the choice of song for the scene fits so well that the movie plays in your mind and you never hear the song the same way.

Here are a few:

"Where Is My Mind" by The Pixies - Every time I hear this now, I picture the end of "Fight Club" and see Ed Norton looking out the window at the huge skyscrapers blowing up.

"Magic Man" by Heart - I see Vince Vaugn ("Trent") from "Swingers" making out with the Vegas cocktail waitress in her trailer.

"Come Sail Away" by Styx. In "The Virgin Suicides" there is a great scene at the Prom where baloons and confetti are falling and one of the sisters says "This is the best time of my life!"

And a more obscure one - "Strawberry Letter 22" by The Brothers Johnson. There is a scene in Quentin Tarintino's "Jackie Brown" where this song is playing, and all I see is Samuel Jackson pulling on gloves in his car, getting ready to kill Chris Tucker who is locked in the trunk.

(By the way, Sofia Coppola and Quentin Tarintino are masters at this - Tarintino even says he writes movies AROUND songs , as he sees scenes connected to the music.)

Anyone else?

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Postby grounded5am » Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:09 am

i always see shrek in my head when i hear halleluah. of course that may not count as it was a cover. not the jeff buckly one but the rufus one. i also think of hookers when i hear pretty woman but that an obvious one.

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Postby blackshoestring » Tue Nov 16, 2004 11:51 am

Scorcese is great at this too.

The scene in Casino where Nicky is outside of somebody's house shooting and Devo's version of "Satisfaction" is playing.

In Goodfellas, the piano part of Layla playing while they show that couple dead in their car, corpse in a meat locker, etc.

I thought Boogie Nights used music well too, but almost relied too heavliy on it. Every scene started with some "oh, I remember that song" lead in which almost started to bug me.

Scorcese's scenes still have emotional impact even with the sound off.

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Postby grounded5am » Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:22 pm

mgnolia had better use of music. the director said that he wanted to write a song based around aimee mann's songs. good stuff in there. i love save me.

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Postby miss carol » Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:49 pm

Tarintino even says he writes movies AROUND songs , as he sees scenes connected to the music.


I write the same way. I'm working on something right now where each episode is named after the song.

...one day you can all say you knew me when :)

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Tue Nov 16, 2004 12:52 pm

Back to Fight Club, I love the part where the camera follows Norton/Pitt into the bar where they're holding Fight Club, and Tom Wait's 'Goin Out West' is playing on the jukebox. Perfect use of music in a movie.

In 'Shaun Of The Dead', Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' is used to perfection as the protagonists beat the crap out of a zombie in time to the beat.

Also, in Forbidden Zone, Danny Elfman/Boingo play the Devil (as Cab Calloway) and his demons, and they do an amazing version of 'Minnie The Moocher'.

Also also, Cab Calloway himself does an incredible song called 'Reefer Man' in the very odd thirties film 'International House'. Buy, rent, or steal this film in order to see it (W.C. Fields also has some priceless bits in this). Cab was way cool.

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Tue Nov 16, 2004 1:06 pm

miss carol wrote:
I write the same way. I'm working on something right now where each episode is named after the song.

...one day you can all say you knew me when :)


I'm doing the same thing with a book I'm writing-each chapter a song title! And here I thought I was a unique snowflake...

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Postby Barabajagal » Tue Nov 16, 2004 1:19 pm

The bowling alley scene in Buffalo 66 with Yes's "Heart of the Sunrise" was a very strange juxtaposition of images/song.

Hope we get the chance to read miss carol's and Shecky's stuff someday!

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Postby LionIndex » Tue Nov 16, 2004 2:35 pm

The last two Wes Anderson movies (Rushmore and Royal Tenenbaums) are chock-full of stuff--especially during the longer montages. Like "A Quick One While He's Away" in Rushmore and "Judy is a Punk" in Tenenbaums.

Numerous examples in Lebowski as well, notably the dream sequences.

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Postby Coopstar » Tue Nov 16, 2004 2:41 pm

I like older films that utilize this concept. Not only Martin Scorsese, but also (beleive it or not) George Lucas has done this. For example "I Only Have Eyes For You" in American Grafitti. The images used in the film along with the music (in this case a bunch of cars at a make-out point) fit perfectly. Even though you're too young to have been there - you could have sworn you were.

Two of my personal fav's are The Who's "A Quick One While He's Away" in Rushmore, and The Rolling Stones' "2000 Man" in Bottle Rocket. It feels like Wes Anderson is reading my mind when I watch his films.


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