Music Lives!

I Haven’t Seen Evil Dead Two Yet

Everyone should immediately associate that line with this amazing clip from my favourite movie, High Fidelity.

I’m using one of the last lines from the clip to discuss movie soundtracks but specifically scenes from movies that wouldn’t be the same without that special song. I used The Pixies, Where is my mind in my post yesterday, Overplayed?, but it is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. It makes you think about Fight Club, right? In some cases the song fits so well that you can’t hear the song ever again without thinking about that scene in the movie. He’s a couple of directors that do just that.

Mr. Blonde goes bananas

Who isn’t thinking about the most grotesque dancing scene of all time? Tarantino is great at picking those songs that are vaguely familiar and breathing new life into them. Urge Overkill‘s cover of Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon, from Pulp Fiction and Zamfir’s The Lonely Shepherd as the closing credits of Kill Bill Vol.1 always remind me of his films.

I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen

Cameron Crowe is another great director having the perfect music for certain scenes. You, in the right generation anyway, should be thinking about Say Anything when you hear that song. If you haven’t seen it, I’ll quote Jack Black AKA Barry, from my first clip and say, “You’re a cinematic idiot, and I’d feel sorry for you“. There are also scenes in Jerry Maguire, one being Tom Cruise singing Free Falling and of course the Bruce Springsteen (I’m a sucker for all things The Boss) song Secret Garden. But my point is easily made by Almost Famous. Crowe really nails it with the bus scene, where the band is imploding, set to Elton John’s,  Tiny Dancer. Not only does the song fit the scene perfectly, but as Dave Grohl said, it introduced a whole new generation to the song.

Closing Credits
Here are just a couple of guys that really know what they’re doing when attaching a scene from a movie to music. I know I missed a bunch, but these two directors have to be in my Top 5 as far as this skill goes. If you have some good ones, start listing them for me and I’ll showcase them another time.

  • Comment by Lisa on November 13, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

    Love this topic! The Anderson boys might be other worthy additions to your list. Think of how he used The Who & The Kinks in Rushmore; Elliott Smith, Nico & Paul Simon in Royal Tennenbaums (I can’t hear the refrain of “Me and Julio down by the schoolyard without Gene Hackman whizzing through my brain in a go-kart). And Davy Crockett is now forever tied to Mr. Fox. Aimee Mann’s music is almost a character unto itself in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, and his music choices are also shrewd in Boogie Nights.

  • Comment by Aaron Dale on November 13, 2011 @ 10:44 pm

    Good call! All of Wes Anderson’s movies have great soundtracks. How could anyone not love the OST to Life Aquatic? I’m a big fan of Boogie Nights as well.

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