Thursday, October 26, 2006

Any Way The Wind Blows...'s another timewaster - a link to a cool list of most excellent song use in movies .

Forty in total, plus some great ones just outside the winners's the top ten according to the site:

10) "Try A Little Tenderness", Otis Redding - Pretty In Pink

9) "The End", The Doors – Apocalypse Now

8) "Moving in Stereo", The Cars – Fast Times at Ridgemont High

7) “Shout”, Otis Day & the Knights - Animal House

6) “Stuck in the Middle with You”, Stealer’s Wheel – Reservoir Dogs

5) “Tiny Dancer”, Elton John – Almost Famous

4) “Damn It Feels Good 2 Be A Gangsta”, The Geto Boys – Office Space

3) “Twist and Shout”, The Beatles – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

2) “In Your Eyes”, Peter Gabriel – Say Anything

1) “Bohemian Rhapsody”, Queen – Wayne’s World

Cameron Crowe does it up right with three in the top ten (I did dig that scene in Almost Famous as much as I dug the movie). And Say Anything? Say no more.

I like lists like this. But I did miss seeing any scenes from High the Beta Band buyers sequence; or Motorhead's 'Ace of Spades' screeching in the background as John Cusack battles the hitman in the convenience store they built on top of his childhood home in Grosse Point Blank; or 'Black In Black' shaking the speakers as Jack Black names the bandmembers in School of Rock; or Jason Swartzman sending bees to Bill Murray and starting 'the war' in Rushmore set to The Who's 'A Quick One'.....or in Election, when ....yo, somebody stop me!

Seems like a good topic for Portnoy to weigh in on...maybe he even made some of these happen?

And McGrath keeps his monster post ball rolling with his readers report. We really need to find a destination for all this.

Rock on.


DMc said...

Just as I'm reading this, the old XM radio coughs up one of the coolest rarities I've ever heard:

Billy Bragg's spoken word/instrumental take on "Walk Away Renee."

Worth it just for the punchline.

As for the list, how can you not rate Layla in Goodfellas?

And come on, why no song of the day? I'm trying to procrastinate, here.

Portnoy said...

The use of Hendrix (twice) in "Withnail and I" is still, in my book, one of the great moments in film song history.

Goodfellas - yeah. that's a serious ommision. I like the Clapton tune when Pecsi breaks his revolver as they are beating up Joey Batts. And the Helicopter/Spaghetti sequence.

songs like Shout or I Feel Good or Respect are the most overused songs in films. they ALWAYS work but are too easy. (i once got screamed at by a director when i told him James Brown works everytime. The director was an idiot known for hissy fits) Without naming him he gave us Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star.

The film In Good Company has a terrific soundtrack but the good 'little' film is mostly unknown.

Liberaci in Misery while Annie is hobbling Paul was pretty damn good.

Geez, i could go on an on with this....

English Dave said...

Let's not forget TV! CSI New York. Baba O'Reilly by THE WHO.

How cool is that?

wcdixon said...

I know - it's a little confusing...but some of those movie music moments you guys reference are actually on the linked list ("Layla" in Good Fella's is number 18 I think...“In a Gadda-Da-Vida,” Iron Butterfly from Manhunter in another classic)

I just put down their top 10.

Heart Of Darkness said...

I love that book! The boyish side of Hart goes "Hell, yeah!" ina very deep voice every other page, and the girly side of Hart goes "I'm like so scared of you right now!"... :)

Good Dog said...

The Tiny Dancer sing-along on the tour bus in Almost Famous is just the best. Sometimes I just put the DVD on just for that scene. Always watch it on the Untitled version disc for some reason.

Bill Cunningham said...

uh, guys...The James Bond movies? They created the hits as much as used them...

wcdixon said...

Sorry with all this clarifying, Bill...apparently the rule was that it had to be an existing song placed in a movie, as opposed to a song written specifically for the movie.

Portnoy said...

Manhattan opens with the clarinet of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

Allen set the tone with american standards and classics - when it comes to dropping (now VERY Expensive) tunes into films. And I would think it worth mention in this thread. I don't know if the selection process included vocals but I had to mention the woodman.

also - did anyone mention FlashDance? Michael Sembello's Maniac really started the generation of film soundtracks which became the fifth leg of dollars made in films. (some music supervisors soon started making 200,000 per film. Those days are gone)

somebody better stop me from posting....

Anonymous said...

Highway to the Danger Zone - Top Gun

Caroline said...

OK, revealing my true sappiness ... It Had To Be You (Harry Connick Jr) in When Harry Met Sally was pretty important to the movie.

Ah, Say Anything. That was a great movie. And that song. Fantastic. Lloyd Dobler ruined me.

Loved High Fidelity!!!

Bill Cunningham said...

Okay then.

"Get into the Groove." by Madonna for the DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN movie.

wcdixon said...

More I think about it - Wes Anderson has about half a dozen from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, and Tenenbaum's that could be on the list (Ohh La La)

Chopped Nuts said...

"What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong set against the sequence showing the violence of the war in Good Morning Vietnam.