Reversing the Numbness

Friday, December 5, 2008

Friday Music

It's Friday. I need music.

My friend Rob Zero suggested a cool topic for this week: Songs that were used perfectly in films.

As always, please post links. Happy Friday!


Rob Zero said...

Used during closing credits of the Twilight Zone movie

Opening of The Limey

Life Aquatic (Pretty much all of Wes Anderson's movies use music perfectly)



olives and more said...

HEY! Long time no post. I have a perfect one that I know you will appreciate.

I love this scene.. for some reason I am a sucker for tormented love.

Mungerphut said...

Pulp Fiction

The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

The Rules Of Attraction. Paul Denton's campy roommates arrive and ruin his evening plans. Queue:
Yazoo | Situation

Garden State. Andrew Largeman takes a tab at a party after the funeral. Thing slow down. Queue:
Zero 7 | In The Waiting Line

Saved! Cassandra, the only Jewish girl at American Eagle Christian High, rolls into school. Queue:
Depeche Mode | Personal Jesus (acoustic)

Keith said...

That's It That's All (Snowboard video)
We Own The Sky - M83
Not as good by itself, but I'm going to use "epic" for the first time in my life to describe it with the scene in the movie.

Can't You Hear Me knocking - Rolling Stones

Office Space
Damn It Feels Good To Be a Gangsta - Geto Boys

Garden State
Don't Panic - Coldplay

And every song in Tenacious D's The Pick of Destiny. Harharharhar.

Mungerphut said...

No Country for Old Men-- There is no music in the movie, except for the closing credits. This worked.

tüth+gnail said...

I'm sure i've posted this one before but it's worth it
Host of the Seraphim—Dead Can Dance

The Hunger
Bela Lugosi's Dead—Bauhaus

The Departed
Shipping up to Boston—Dropkick Murphys

Sid and Nancy
Love Kills—Joe Strummer

Garden State
New Slang—The Shins

The Royal Tenenbaums
Needle in the Hay—Elliot Smith

Clash said...

Alright, let’s just get Top Gun out of the way. Perfect. Done.


I agree with your Pulp Fiction suggestion and would add that almost every Tarantino song is used perfectly in his films. Like this one from the same film.
Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon

Another well crafted scene centered on defining music from Death Proof. (This is a very violent scene)
Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich & Tich

The recent commercialism of this scene from Risky Business tarnished it a bit, but still a film classic.
Old Time Rock-N-Roll

My friend JK will appreciate Peter Gabriel’s contribution from Say Anything. Pure movie magic.
In your Eyes

Almost Famous. “You are home.”
Tiny Dancer

Opening scene of Dazed and Confused with the GTO Judge circling the parking lot and rolling a little Mary Jane.
Sweet Emotion

*dalyn said...

the entire soundtrack to Goodwill Hunting, have loved elliott smith ever since...
miss misery - elliott smith

Zee said...

As usual, some great suggestions.

I don't have time to find the actual clip form the movie, buthere is my suggestion.

I'd be lying if I said I chose this because the movie and the music go together so perfectly, but since the actual screenplay was directly inspired by this and a few other Aimee Mann songs, I thought it would be appropriate.

The Electric Orchid Hunter said...

Great choice, Zee! Definitely one of my favourite movies, and with a perfect soundtrack to boot! This is one of the most unforgettable, powerful scenes in cinema ever.

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Clash said...

t+g, Keith, & TEOH,

Great songs from Garden State. I forgot how cool that soundtrack is.

SleekPelt said...

Zee, I told the DM yesterday that I was going to post "Deathly" -- excellent choice. The perfect song for the moment when the cop and the addict had passed the point of no return. What a fine, fine movie.

Zee said...

TEOH- Your link didn't work for me! Now I'll be driven crazy until I know what it was.

Some great suggestions here. Many that I kicked myself hard in the ass for not thinking of myelf.

Clash said...

I concur....great suggestion Zee.


The scene in The Departed when The Dropkick Murphys' song was used was very intense and that song sent the moviegoers even more over the edge.

Roger Waters /Van Morrison/and The Band's rendition of Comfortably Numb was another favorite off that soundtrack.

SleekPelt said...

I think Blur's "Like a Friend" was perfect as Estella inflicted one of her greatest teases on Finn in Great Expectations.

I'm not sure if I think Shelly Duvall's "He Needs Me" was better in Popeye or Punchdrunk Love.

Picking a perfect song from Pump Up the Volume because it's full of excellently placed songs, but I think I'm partial to "Why Can't I Fall In Love," played when Mark is finally discovered by The Eat Me Beat Me Lady, Nora, who easily encourages him to come out of his shell.

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Rob Zero said...


Loved the way Iggy's "Success" was used in Great Expectations (which, incidentally, was the movie my wife and I saw on our first date).

Also, Richard Hell's "Love Comes in Spurts" was used hilariously in Pump Up the Volume.