Reversing the Numbness

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

Here's an interesting topic: songs you think could start movies.

If you link it, they will come.

22 comments:

Rob Zero said...

BADFINGER: Perfect for a romantic comedy.

The 'Mats: Think coming of age film.

Son Volt: Indie drama

SleekPelt said...

I'm gonna drop some Van Morrison. I think this would work for various opening scenes, but I imaging a humdrum small-town scene that focuses on the protagonist before he embarks on a journey to find himself.

SleekPelt said...

rob: I can see all of those working well.

If people think "this song would be great for opening a movie" as often as I do, then this should be a pretty cool Friday Music. I guess we'll see!

danielle said...

hi all. this is my first post. i will be here sporadically, at best. cause that's how i do. ;)

jeff buckley: vancouver

rachel's: water from the same source

the clash: police on my back (as a raucous in-your-face start to some sort of indie action/comedy blunder-filled flick)

warren zevon: frank and jesse james (bc it's playing on my pandora right now and it kinda fit the bill)

Crusselldrums said...

Opening to a quirky 90's throwback film

Coming age comedy... (Joe Jackson tunes always sound like they were written for a soundtrack)

Romantic Comedy...

This would work for a slasher film...

Rob Zero said...

Tell me that THIS isn't perfect.

The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

I always thought this would be a great opening scene for a Merchant Ivory-type film. Use this and follow my directions:
[0:00-0:26] Black screen slowly fades into camera moving over the dark blue water of the South Atlantic Ocean, fast.
[0:27-1:00] Suddenly, camera pans upwards from the surface of the water to reveal a large frigate of the British East India Company, moored in the harbour of Jamestown, St. Helena. The camera moves up from the water towards the vessel, into the rigging and onto the deck, does a 360 to reveal crew getting ready to set sail, uploading supplies, swabbing the deck. There's frenetic activity; it's a glorious day in 1823.
[1:00-fade] Music fades as the first dialogue between Captain Banks and First Mate Douglas starts, and Helena Bonham Carter makes her appearance.

Anonymous said...

Kick some of this...

John Hammond - Get Behind the Mule

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6bAUmL6irsY&feature=related

The Dalai Mama said...

The kids have sapped my brain power today, so I could only come up with one. I think you'll agree that it's a good one, though.

Devil Mood said...

One of my favourites: Pink Martini - La Soledad
In fact, anything is great if this song has anything to do with it ;)

wildflower said...

Good suggestions so far.

I imagine hearing this opening to a desert, midday, panning down to a convertible driven by a woman with her hair blowing in the wind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZAu6Fq9Y1o&feature=related

maybe, I'm wishing it was me.

(sorry I don't know how to make those cool links)

Snowday said...
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Snowday said...

I have always liked Metallica's version of Wisky in the Jar and I have thought that it would make a great theme for any scene involving a half-cocked villan. Think John Malkovic in Con Air. You know you saw it.

SleekPelt said...

dani: Welcome! Your occasional presence is better than eternal absence. Buckley -- First of all, that's just a badass song. I could see this one at the beginning of a good spy flick (Bourne series). I watched this live version; Rachel's -- I'm thinking an early-America movie with long sweeping shots of vast prairies and stuff; The Clash -- a popular band here on FM, thankfully; Warren Zevon -- so I guess that's a western!

crusseldrums: The Breeders -- This song has movie opening all over it. What a kick-ass song; Joe Jackson -- I just saw that performance on the TV the other day; Ben Folds -- I've never seen a typographical video clip before, and I'm impressed. It's like karaoke with style; Soundgarden -- I can definitely see some badass walking down the street in semi-slow motion at night.

SleekPelt said...

rob: I can't do that.

teoh: Yep, I can see it all. Cool approach to this topic.

anon: John Hammond -- The movie starts on a chain gang, close-up shots of gnarly-looking dudes sweating and hammering away at the earth....

dm: A bunch of colors flash on the screen in a random pattern and then it starts swirling around like a slow tornado (as the title screen and starring credits pop up) until it stops swirling into an image on an assembly line. The sounds of freedom contrasted by the feeling of mundane repetition, setting the scene for someone to break free.

SleekPelt said...

devil mood: Pink Martini -- I think that song could introduce just about any somber movie.

wildflower: Gram Parsons -- this is my favorite version of "Wild Horses." This song feels like slow motion to me.

whiskey: Welcome! Metallica -- I like these guys well enough, especially their early, fast stuff, but I think this Thin Lizzy version is so much better. This band just got penciled into my rainy-day list.

Remember, Friday Music never closes. This is a cool topic, so I hope to see more suggestions over the weekend.

Vesper de Vil said...

hunting bears by radiohead. i know it has already been used in a movie...but it is perfect.

Vesper de Vil said...

radio ballet by eluvium.

Vesper de Vil said...

o-o-h child by the five stairsteps

Zee said...

Ahhh...late again. Great topic,though. I only have a second on the computer, so you'll have to do your own youtube search, but the song that I always thought would open my movie is Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress, by The Hollies.

josh williams said...

Suggestion deleted. Its Sunday and well if I remember my days of the week, please do not ask.

SleekPelt said...

vesper de vil: Radiohead? You mean the Radiohead I saw last night from the pit? The same band I just watched up close and personal last night? That band? Yeah, that would work, for sure. I sort of feel like I was in a movie last night. Nice suggestions.

zee: The Hollies must have opened a movie before. And you can never be late for Friday Music -- it never closes!

josh: See previous comment.