Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 12:52
Very good call with Secret Garden, although I'm pretty sure I had heard the song before I saw the movie. Mind you it probably goes in with a few others as songs that a movie helped me to appreciate more or see differently - as well as some of the obscure tracks I think a lot of Tarantino's use of music does this too.
As far as songs I first heard in a movie, the easiest way to go is probably concert or music based movies but that kind of feels like cheating. And then there's songs written specifically for movies that you couldn't have heard before seeing the movie anyway, and that doesn't seem to be what your getting at either. Jonathan Richman's stuff in There's Something About Mary would be near the top of my list there, partly because it introduced me to the awesomeness of the Modern Lovers' back catalogue.
So, as far as non-original songs I first heard in a movie, I'd go with Wise Up from Magnolia. Great song, great scene and great great movie...
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 13:24
The Top Gun soundtrack!!
Or Party Man by Prince, from Batman.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 13:26
Of the many songs that have influenced my life from film, New Slang by The Shins which features in the Film Garden State (as Natalie Portmans Character puts her headphones on the Zach Braffs character) is probably my personal favourite.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 13:43
Pretty much all of Cameron Crowe's soundtracks are great, really loved the Elizabethtown one, Garden State (Just don't think I'll ever get over you especially) and Juno soundtracks are great too.
Fav song I've been exposed to is probably Come Pick Me Up by Ryan Adams off Elizabethtown.
Oh, for old school points, the soundtrack to Judgement Night, that gloriously terrible Emilio Estevez/Cuba Gooding Jr/Dennis Leary action movie, was phenomenal, even if it did unwittingly lead to the invention of Nu Metal.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 13:43
i have to say recently Anyone Else But You by The Moldy Peaches at the end of Juno. great song.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 13:50
Believe it or not, the Silence of the Lambs is the first that springs to mind.
Just before the Senator's breast-fed chubster daughter gets boshed and thrown in the back of the van by Mayor Ted Levine, we see her driving along at speed while Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers belt out "American Girl".
It has made its way onto many a mix-tape since then, and is still a favourite to induce the heavy right-foot when driving.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 13:52
Music is a massive part of my life and I've got countless good songs from films soundtracks, but I always think it's strange how songs turn up in films OST but aren't in the film until we get to the 'Set Design' (or the like) section of the credits.
Personal favourite songs from films are:
Anything from Team America: World Polie (juvenile, yes, but nicely executed there is no doubt)
Chad Kroger - Hero from Spiderman
Huey Lewis and the News - The Power of Love from Back to The Future (written specifically for the film, which is always nice)
ZZ Top - Double Back from Back to The Future part III (actually in the film)
Chris Cornell - You Know My Name from Casino Royale (didn't like it at first but it gets better every time I listen to it now)
Dropkick Murphys - Shipping Up to Boston from The Departed (the actual song is average, but the music they use in the film from it just works so well, really gets the adrenaline going for some reason...)
There's a few anyway, apologies if you're now suffering death by brackets (it happens), but there's a wealth of music out there hiding in the credits of films which I think goes unappreciated until you find yourself dosing off after the DVD has finished and then thinking "hang on, this is pretty good, what is this?"
Anyone else agree?
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 14:15
My favourite in-movie track is probably 'Its Only Mystery' from Subway, although I don't know if that counts.
Other noteable mentions in terms of being outlets for discovering brilliant music
Beck 'Everybody's gotta learn sometime' in Eternal Sunshine.
Moby 'God Moving Over the Face of the Water' in Heat.
Elton John 'Tiny Dancer' in Almost Famous.
Innerspace 'Music for Eels' in The Life Aquatic
Massive Attack 'Safe from Harm' in The Insider
There are probably more but my head hurts now
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 14:19
My vote would have to be for Rob D's 'Clubbed to Death' from The Matrix.
If you're wondering which scene it shows up in, it's the one that starts with Morpheus and Neo crossing the street, with Morpheus doing the 'Agents' speech.
Remember the woman in the red dress? It's the bit leading up to that!
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 15:02
Aggree with the Beck from Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, I remember getting up to leave but just sitting back down to hear the rest of the song, made me all goosebumpley.
I'm surprised no-one said the whole Mad World, from Donnie Darko (come on it was Christmas number 1!), and Wise Up in Magnolia (does it count if they sing along?). For me the best time I've been in a film and a song has made me run home to find out who it was Mogwai "Auto-rock" from the end of Miami Vice, made me a convert to the genius that is Mogwai....
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 15:09
When I first listened to the words for Secret Garden I always thought it was about him talking to a hooker and his inability to form a lasting relationship (Jerry himself says that he is "bad at intimacy)
Can't think of any thing better than Eye of the tiger from Rocky III and although I had already heard it, where is my mind by the Pixies at the end of Fight Club made me go and buy their albums.
Cameron Crowe is fantastic at soundtracks; I have found so many great bands through his films, Sigur Ros to name one. After hearing the I am Sam OST I really got in to Ben Harper and Spawn had some pretty good stuff in it as well!!!
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 15:10
If you like the Rob D you should check out 'Clubbed to Death' the French film from which it first came. Another of his tracks appears as well - 'furious angels' which possibly has the most intense dancing I've ever seen committed to film. Chokes me up, even though the dancing isn't very good.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 15:30
I'm gonna go with something from Garden State too - although not The Shins (Robstuff's suggestion), but Frou Frou 'Let Go', the song that starts playing right at the end in the airport as Zach Braff gets off that damn plane and runs into Natalie Portman's arms. Absolutely incredible song.
That Zach Braff, he's got a good ear.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 15:58
Tarantino is now my musical bible, where the hell the man finds this stuff i'll never know. Fairly sure it cost him his soul though. Below are my faves:
Sugar high: Empire Records (soundtrack version is much dirtier)
After dark: Dusk til dawn (Salma Hayek as a pole dancer anyone?)
Theme from the Thomas Crown Affair (mind boggling in general)
and of course
I'm so ronery: Team America (*sob* gets me every time *sniff*)
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 16:02
What a fantastic blog and on a subject I would have assumed had already been covered.
As for the songs that blew me away on first hearing them the two that spring to mind (and I know I'm gonna shock some people with the latter) are Born Slippy from Trainspotting and The End by The Doors from Apocalypse Now. Two perfect marriages of music and moving image that I personally don't think will ever be surpassed. A close third would have to be Kenny Rogers' Just Dropped In To See What Condition My Condition Was In. You all know the film, right?
A special mention must also go to Baseketball. That one film gave us (or at least me) Real Big Fish. Thank you Trey Parker. Thank you Matt Stone. What a fucking great band.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 16:34
Less Than Jake are infinitely better, but that's a whole other debate.
What I really wanted to say is that the original version of Mad World wipes the floor with the remake, and how such a depressing song became Xmas number one I do not know.
Those of you who haven't heard the original Tears for Fears version, first of all you really should iTunes it (or whatever you kids do these days...) but otherwise consider the song that plays with an intro laden with piano as Donnie and co jump out of the school bus and we get a slow-mo intro to the school. That'd be Tears for Fears, 'nuff said.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 16:38
Yeah it has to be "let Go" by Frou Frou from Garden State. That is a wonderful scene, the way the square of light opens around them is awesome!
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 16:49
Rudie Can't Fail by The Clash and Blister in the Sun by the Violent Femmes from Grosse Pointe Blank.
Great songs in a great film.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 16:53
I will now sell five copies of "The Three EPs" by The Beta Band
Make that six!
After watching High Fidelity and hearing that song I went out and bought the album the next day!
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 18:05
The Church - Under the Milky Way. I'm yet to write a personal letter to Richard Kelly for introducing me to this amazing and abnormally underrated band.
The Daredevil soundtrack. Shut up, I liked it. Introduced me to Revis (like Nickelback but good and with, unfortunately, just the one album).
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 19:15
I know it doesnt technically count, but the second volume of the Six Feet Under soundtrack is incredible. Interpol and Arcade Fire both feature, and it was the first time I'd heard anything by Sia. Since then, I've bought two of her albums and am finding it genuinely difficult to stop listening to them. Very aware that Six Feet Under isn't a film, if even a half-decent tv show, but the soundtrack is definitely worth a listen... so listen to it... now
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 19:39
Have to completely agree with WesB. The Top Gun soundtrack was, and still is, epic. Partyman by Prince is such a brilliant song that I had the lrgest grin in the world when I thought Prince was about to play at Coachella. Sadly, he didn't and is now dead to me.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 20:30
joelorme was spot on with his mention of High Fidelity - my love for The Beta Band, Love and even, to a certain extent, Dylan comes from that film. The most striking song for me was arguably the closer - Stevie Wonder's 'I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)'.
Also, Wes Anderson is, I would argue, the true King Of Soundtracks. Some would argue Braff, many would argue Crowe, but it's Anderson who fits the music in most perfectly with the context of the film. Seu Jorge elevated The Life Aquatic to another level - as did the excellent use of Sigur Ros' 'Staralfur', though it's regrettably neglected on the soundtrack. And how about making Peter Starstedt cool on Hotel Chevalier and The Darjeeling Limited? Or his heavy use of tracks from The Kinks 'Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround'...? Or inspiring a whole new legion of Elliott Smith fans using 'Needle In The Hay' in The Royal Tenembaums?
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 20:35
Quentin Tarentino soundtracks are always cool. My favourite at the mo is the Deathproof soundtrack, especially "Stagolee" and "Down in Mexico"
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 21:14
Dazed and confused soundtrack.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 22:02
Love royal tennenbaums soundtrack, but most of all "these days" by nico.
Its when margot goes to pick up richie when he's finally come home, its strange because i wouldn't choose to listen to that song on my ipod but it fits in perfectly with the moment, awesome.
Posted on Wednesday November 26, 2008, 22:18
On Days Like These - Matt Monro = The Italian Job.. seriously when tht Lambo Muira exploded after tht fantastic drive sequence.. i nearly died..
American Beauty anyone??
the ageless stranger
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 09:21
Tough call, very tough call.... Do trailers count? Because I don't think I had heard Sigur Ros' Hoppipola before the trailer for Children of Men, and loved it.
Of course also, nothing beats when I was a kid, seeing Little Monsters, and hearing Road to Nowhere for the first time.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 09:44
Mine would have to be the tune in Superman when the fortress of solitude first appears... beautiful
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 09:51
I saw Twilight a few days ago and then I heard Flightless Bird with Iron&Wine. The song is so beautiful. In the film was also Leave out all the rest with Linkin Park, also a very good song.
But the best soundtracksong is When you say nothing at all with Ronan Keating from Nottning Hill.
And the soundtrack from Love Actually is amazing!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 09:55
Another one from Silence of the Lambs, Goodbye Horses by Q Lazarus.
And totally agree with You Know My Name from Casino Royal, grows on me the more I hear it.
Lastly, Rob Zombie's Dragula remix from The Matrix.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:00
Being in my twenties, I didn't grow up with some of the legendary bands of the sixties, however can thank some films for making me aware of the Rolling Stones, namely "Gimme Shelter" at the beginnning of the Departed and "Paint it Black" at the end of the Devil's Advocate.
I am sure there are more films to be thankful for but these stick out.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:10
Good Will Hunting introduced me to the brilliance that is Elliott Smith and even though i had heard "To be Young" by Ryan Adams before it was great to hear it at the start of Old School.
"Svefn-g-englar" by Sigur Ros in Vanilla Sky and i agree with The Shins "New Slang" in Garden State
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:16
"Can't You Hear Me Knocking" by the Rolling Stones in Blow.
It's a song that I knew, but wasn't even that big a fan of until I heard it in that film.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:18
I have to agree with inkedbeatnik, 'God Moving over the face of the water' was the first song from a movie I first fell in love with. I was 13 when I first saw Heat and for weeks after I still had the song playing over and over in my head. It was used to perfection for the end of that film and I still get goose bumps when De Niro says to Pacino "I told you I was never going back).
Sadly the magic of that song was ruined slightly when I was flicking through Sky a few years ago to hear it tagged to the end of an episode of Dream Team.
Other favs of mine are:
Stuck In The Middle With You - Reservoir Dogs (can't believe that hasn't been mentioned yet).
Twist & Shout / The Beatles - Ferris Bueller's Day Off (great scene from a great film)
Njosnavelin / Sigor Ros - Vanilla Sky (The one that plays during the final scene)
Something To Talk About / Badly Drawn Boy (Plays through most of the film)
Afternoon Delight - Will Ferrell (Just funny)
Under Pressure / Queen Ft. David Bowie - Grosse Point Blank
Twisted Nerve / Bernard Herrmann - Kill Bil Vol 1 (Starts quiet and builds the closer Elle gets to The Bride's room, you all know you've whistled it)
Ordinary World / Duran Duran - Layer Cake (who ever decided to use this song for such a violent scene is a genius)
Don't Stop Me Now / Queen - Shuan of the Dead (Beating a Zombie in rhythm to the music, nuff said)
Danger Zone / Kenny Loggins - Top Gun (Balls to 'Take my Breath Away')
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:18
Leonard Cohen/Rufus Wainwright/Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah, Shrek.
Beautiful, haunting, life affirming
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:26
The Whole of The Blues Brothers.
Every single tune a classic of Soul and R&B.
And Louie Louie from Animal House.
What about Bond Theme Tunes - most of them are great - aren't they?
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:31
Most Bond theme's are great, but Madonna really pissed on those chips with Die Another Day.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:43
*agrees with Woodland Bear* Wes Anderson's soundtracks are fantastic & I love the Portuguese Bowie in The Life Aquatic.
One song that I've always loved was Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones) at the end of Interview with the Vampire. Always makes me watch after the credits start to roll just to hear it & I love how it leads into the present after the gloomy gothic soundtrack all the way through the film
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:49
Some excellent suggestions by the posters but for me it has to be:
Where is my mind? by the Pixies at the end of Fight Club, funny because of the in joke to the plot twist and beautiful because of the calm after everything that has happened.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:57
Hallelujah in Shrek was my first thought, too.
Also the utterly lovely Sway by Bic Runga, the song that cuts in during the romantic parts towards the end of American Pie.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 11:59
Good shout from the first post, all of Aimee Mann's songs from Magnolia are great (it's my favourite film, and although the songs aren't that amazing on record, in the film they give me goosebumps!).
But my all time favourite song that I hadn't heard til the film is 'Most of the Time' by Bob Dylan from High Fidelity (another of my favourite films). It at the part when Rob walks in the rain, lonely and miserable. It's great! :)
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 12:12
Coens are great at soundtracks,
Big Lebowski : some mentioned already, but i think the most affecting one and my favourite end credits song is Dead Flowers by Townes Van Zandt playing over the credits whilst the sound of bowling plays under it. Makes me want to hit rewind and watch the whole thing again (for the fiftieth time).
Scorsese's use of the opening riff of Jumping Jack Flash by The Stones to introduce Johnny Boy ( DeNiro, in slo mo, with two girls hanging off his shoulders) is perfect.
Sigur Ros' Staralfar and Leopard Shark in Life Aquatic. Perfect cinematic moment.
Lost In Translations opening and closing scenes: Girls by Death In Vegas as Bill Murray wakes to a Neon fuelled futurescape, and Just Like Honey by Jesus and Mary Chain as he walks away from Scarlett Johansson.
Opening scene in Dazed And Confused, with Aerosmiths Sweet Emotion.
Payback : As Mel Gibson walks away from a burning car (his doing) Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower opens with that amazing guitar. Shite movie, but introduced me to Jimi.
Best opening scene ever though, in terms of audio-visual marriage, i think, is Apocalypse Now abd The Doors' The End.
In Scrubs, when Turk is looking for a pregnant lady going through labour, Nina Simones Sinnerman plays to awesome effect. Not a movie, but i love the song and Nina.
Does trailer music count? Paper Planes by M.I.A. in Pineapple Express (although not in the movie) could have been written for the film.
Bob Dylan in any movie brings joy to my heart. As does The Flaming Lips (Bad Days as heard in Batman Returns is a joyous, cacaphanous tune).
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 12:18
For me It was Martin Scorsese who 1st got me noticing soundtracks.
For example The Ronnettes Be My Baby from Mean Streets
Jump Into the fire-Harry Nillsson,and Then he kissed me -the Crystals.Layla -Derek and the dominoes- from Goodfellas
Janie Jones- The Clash from Bringing out the Dead
Sail on Sailor-From The departed.
In fact Marty is only matched By Tarantino and Cameron Crowe for memorable soundtrack usage
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 12:20
Collateral - Hands of Time by Groove Armada is one of the best chill out songs and I wouldn't have discovered it otherwise.
Stranger Than Fiction - Whole Wide World by Wreckless Eric is a good little love song about a guy just wanting to find THAT someone.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 12:45
New Slang by the Shins in Garden State, and more importantly Reel Big Fish from the wonder that is BaseKetball
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 12:53
Colourblind by Placebo from Cruel Intentions. Classic.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 12:53
I'd say the best song on Garden Sate is "Only Living Boy in New York" by Simon & Garfunkel (the bit in the rain where they all shout at a quarry or something) although admittedly I had heard it beforehand.
And pretty much everything in the Go soundtrack is excellent...
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:02
Totally agree with eddie_sifter on collateral. The other song i liked from that film was Destino de Abril (Green Car Motel)
Other songs i like that i first heard in movies in no particular order
In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel) - Say Anything
Tracks of my tears (Smokey Robinson) - Platoon
Streets of Philadelphia (Springsteen) - Philadelphia
That song from Wonderboys (old man look at my life...something?)
Freefalling (Tom Petty) - Jerry Maguire
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:13
I certainly agree with all the mentions for Garden State, it is quite possibly the perfect soundtrack. I'm also a big fan of the use of music in Wes Anderson's and Sofia Coppola's films.
The one that sticks in my mind though, especially recently is the Once soudntrack. Falling Slowly is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard and I haven't had it out of my head since watching the film.
Another that sprung to mind was the use of the piano outro from Layla in Goodfellas, I'd never heard that part of the song before and it adds a whole new level to it, not to mention being pitch perfect for that scene.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:16
Is this a case of how good a song is on its own, or how good it fits in the context of the film?
For example, whilst my flatmates at the time had albums by the Pixies and I had heard "debaser", it wasn't until the perfect marriage of "where is my mind" with the scene in "Fight Club", that I truely took notice (and have since purchased albums). Great song though, but works well on its own.
Similarly, "Born slippy" and "lust for life" from Trainspotting. They both fit their scenes, and add the correct tempo, but are also awesome without the film.
Has a great soundtrack, and I love the Gary Jules version of "mad world" in the film. And whilst I like the song, it NEEDS the film to work, on its own it lacks a certain "je ne sais quoi".
Another example I think is Chris Cornell's "You know my name". A fairly damp squib on the radio, but during the Bond credits and during the film, its works wondefully.
Then there are the songs that work so well in the film that each time you listen to it, you remember the scene.
For example, try listening to either "Clubbed to death" from the Matrix, or "battle without honor or humanity" from Kill Bill Vol 1 when walking down the street or a corridor, and I reckon that the result will be an altered posture and stride.
Now, in order to put my point across, "all we need now is a montage"
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:28
The Who - Magic Bus from Live at Leeds, from the start of Jerry Maguire.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:31
"where Tom Cruise is spinning his cue like a nonce in The Color Of Money"?! Like a child molester? I don't remember that bit... And I shall be careful about performing said action down at the local pool hall in future lest I am arrested and subjected to a "nonce bashing" by the other inmates after conviction...
Did you mean "ponce"?
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:34
The Shins - from Garden State when Natalie Portman shares her headphones.
Zach Braff - Thank you.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:36
Kill Bill 2 - About Her by Malcolm McLaren.
Almost Famous - Tiny Dancer by Elton John
Gladiator, The Insider, Layer Cake - anything by Lisa Gerrard.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:41
State of love and trust by Pearl Jam on the Singles soundtrack. (Crowe keeps getting mentioned but not this one!)
Wake up - Rage against the machine. Perfect for Keanu to do his Superman thing to.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 13:46
I love almost every song on the Gross Pointe Blank soundtrack (particularly the one where he is driving home and Minnie in on the radio). Love People are Strange from Lost Boys - and you can't beat I've Got You Babe on Groundhog Day.....but my all time fave it the Kyoto song from Lost in Translation (apologies to Air that I can't remember it's proper title!)
Garden State soundtrack is probably the best all round modern soundtrack.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 14:06
The Killing Moon - Echo and the Bunnymen in Donnie Darko. The film just ain't the same when it opens with INXS in the director's cut.
Everything in its Right Place by Radiohead is probably my favourite music moment in a Cameron Crowe film, just works perfectly.
And Playground Love by Air in the Virgin Suicides. Their whole soundtrack for that film is fabulous.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 14:07
Danger Zone - Top Gun
Holding out for a Hero - Frou Frou - Shrek 2
Hallelujah - Every soundtrack it's in
Too Lost in You - Sugababes - Love Actually
Every song in Garden State, Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous are fantastic.
I know they're on TV but the music played in Buffy was always good and Bones always has a good soundtrack (Tori Amos' version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas gives me goosebumps just thinking about it)
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 14:21
There are many - but I think Tiny Dancer in Almost Famous is the one that stands out.
That whole scene of the band singing on the tour bus gave me goosebumps..
also love Sway by Bic Runga from ....ashamed to admit ....American Pie
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 14:31
Recently it would have to be ...
Lift Me Up/Hold Me Up by Live [Zack & Miri Make A Porno]
Hey by The Pixies [Zack & Miri Make A Porno] Already loved this one but it works so well I fell in love with it again.
... Other songs from older films ...
Breathless by X [Breathless]
Life Fades Away by Roy Orbison [Less Than Zero]
The whole Sunshine soundtrack.
Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan [Zodiac]
... and the list goes on!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 14:52
Through the Roof 'n' Underground by Gogol Bordello, used in Wristcutters: A Love Story
Fever by The Cramps, used in Near Dark
Wind of Change by Sibyl, used in In Search Of A Midnight Kiss
Eddie Vedder's soundtrack for Into The Wild, especially Society and Long Nights
All These Things That I've Done by The Killers, used in Southland Tales (yes, I know the film makes no flippin' sense, I still love it)
The Magnolia soundtrack, especially Wise Up
The Once soundtrack, especially When Your Mind's Made Up
She's Not There and Time Of the Season by The Zombies, used in Dear Wendy
On Raglan Road by Luke Kelly, used in In Bruges
New Born by Muse, used in Switchblade Romance
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 15:27
Mine would have to be:
Heaven - Rolling Stones [Vanilla Sky]
Playground Love - Air [Virgin Suicides]
Untitled Track #4 - Sigur Ros [Vanilla Sky] (Although I'd heard it before, the placement in this film is perfect)
All the Bob Dylan in I'm Not There.
The entire Requiem for a Dream soundtrack, as well as the Brick soundtrack. Not songs, per say, but both Clint Mansell and Nathan Johnson are geniuses.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 15:43
That would be Alone In Kyoto. One of Air's best ever songs.
Anyhow, another song I just remembered was Shadow On The Sun by Audioslave (Collateral). What a tune. What a soundtrack. And Kudos to those who mentioned God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters. Can't believe I'd forgotten it, especially given the scene it's used in.
And for all those O Brother Where Art Thou fans, check out Kraak and Smaak's remix of Man Of Constant Sorrow. It's absolutely fantastic.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 15:58
I gotta agree with you ChesterCopperpot, Shadow On The Sun in Collateral, that song and that scene combined just kinda grabs you by the balls and somehow makes the already-great film click.
Another one I wanna put forward is Fear Satan (remix) by Mogwai from All The Real Girls - it's played over the top of this amazing timelapse-transitional sequence, and it's probably the only track I feel comfortable describing as "haunting". Took me bloody ages to find that track too, had to import the soundtrack from the US, since apparently nobody saw the movie over here (which everyone totally should, by the way).
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 15:58
Pretty much anything from a Michael Mann soundtrack
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 16:15
I've forgotten the most obvious one!
Haddaway's What Is Love from A Night At The Roxbury!!!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 16:17
i can't believe I forgot to add Cry Little Sister from the Lost Boys either. So many tunes!!!!!!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 16:28
Movies made me relove the 80's, any time I hear a track from either American Psycho or the Wedding Singer I burst out laughing, Phil Collins and Whitney Houlston, now legends at my place!!! Billy Idol Awesome!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 16:29
Has anybody mentioned the Godfather theme yet? Classic.
Also, "In the Gadda-da-Vida" by Iron Butterfly from the end of Manhunter. Perfect music for a great and seriously underrated film.
The True Mooseman
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 16:30
Well done to everyone who said Garden State. It sounds like a really douchebag thing to say, but when Sam says, "This song will change your life," it really did change my life. Every song on that soundtrack is utter genius.
Also, another vote for the Lost In Translation soundtrack. I can't think of a song that particularly jumps out at you, but try listening to the whole soundtrack in a sterile hotel room, on public transport, or just wandering around an unfamiliar city - it's the perfect accompaniment!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 16:38
It may just be me, but a strong memory of loving a song based on hearing it first in a movie is Leonard Cohen's 'Everybody Knows' from Pump up the Volume. If anyone agrees please post as I don't think I've ever met anybody who remembers this song. Or film to be honest!!
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 17:33
In your Eyes by Peter Gabriel from Say Anything (John Cusack has never been cuter) and Let the River Run by Carly Simon from Working Girl are both winner songs from movies.
Posted on Thursday November 27, 2008, 18:43
Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds. If you don't agree with me then you truly are a Neo-Maxizoomdweebie.
Breakfast Club all the way!!
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 17:52
Garden State introduced me to so much new music
The Last Kiss one is good too but no on the level of GS
Lovin the Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist soundtrack at the moment too.
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 17:55
Best songs i first heard in a movie? Gotta be the following...
Air: Playground Love - The Virgin Suicides
Death in Vegas: Girls - Lost in Translation
Moby: Extreme Ways (Bourne's Ultimatum) - The Bourne Ultimatum (obviously)
Rob Zombie: Dragula Remix - The Matrix
Air: Alone in Kyoto - Lost in Translation
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 18:22
Talk show host by radiohead used in baz luhrmans romeo and juliet or more recently institutionalised by suicidal tendencies used in iron man...i had 2 albums by suicidal tendencies cant believe ive never heard tht song before...better late than never it rocks!:)
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 19:21
Leonard Cohen - Everbody knows the opening (and basicly theme) song to Pump up the volume. Fits the movie perfectly and it introduced me to Cohen's work.
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 21:21
I have more soundtracks than i do albums, it's basically where I get all my music from!
Tarantino has an awesome music collection,as do the wachowski brothers (put the matrix on but instead of watching just listen, it's great music!)
Counting Crows - Colourblind (cruel intenetions)
MGMT - Time to pretend (21)
Steve Jablonsky - Mass Winnings (the island)
Hans Zimmer & Lisa Gerrard - Now we are free (all of gladiator soundtrack is amazing!)
Imogen heap - Can't take it in (Narnia , the lion, the witch and the wardrobe)
Goo Goo dolls - Iris (City of Angels)
Smash Mouth - All star (shrek)
Debussy - clair de lune (ocean's 11, it's great when they're watching the Bellagio fountains)
Not sure who wrote it - Sull'aria (courtyard theme in Shawshank redemption)
Otis Redding - Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (top Gun - my favourite song...!)
Willaim Orbit - Adagio for Strings (Platoon)
Linkin Park - What I've done (transformers!)
Quite a list but got to say I agree with most of the songs on other peopples lists (magnolia, fight club, trainspotting etc!)
sorry, kept adding as i thought of more!
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 21:34
It wasn't in Juno but I was introduced to the great Kimya Dawson by that film, especially the song The Beer which is very sad.
Also "Breathe Me" by Sia, and also "Host of Seraphim" by Dead Can Dance in The Mist is beautiful.
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 22:56
the boogie nights soundtrack is full of hits... particularly 'livin thing' by electric light orchestra and 'Do your thing' by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. seriously that last one, give it a few listens and you won't be able to stop.
'use me' by bill withers is also another great one. i heard first it in american beauty and then in a few other movies. it sure is a swell track.
Posted on Friday November 28, 2008, 23:08
How's about Smog's 'Vessel in Vain' from 'Dead Man's Shoes'? Haunting and beautiful.
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 01:29
Jockey Full Of Bourbon, Tom Waits, from the start of Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead.
Ooh, but what about...
Somewhere Beyond The Sea, Bobby Darin from Life Less Ordinary. Actually, the whole soundtrack is pretty fantastic.
Then there's always...
All Along The Watchtower, Hendrix from Withnail and I. Strictly speaking I'd heard this before seeing the movie but that battered old Jag careening down the M6, wildly pulling out from behind a car when the track kicks in...class.
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 12:29
I got into Jefferson Airplane due to Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 14:18
Yes! Awesome topic Empire!
Some really good calls here. Beck in Eternal Sunshine is gorgeous and also pretty much anything that Jon Brion has been in. Anything that man creates is pure musical genius.
For anyone who is into guitar and solos etc. I highly recommend Jim Jarmusch's 'Dead Man' with Johnny Depp. Neil Young's guitar score is just mind blowingly brilliant. Couldn't have imagined a score more fitting for a film.
Some other favourites include:
Ben Folds Five - Air (from Godzilla)
Cat Stevens - (anything from Harold and Maude)
The Creation - Making Time (from Rushmore)
(the entire soundtrack and score from Donnie Darko)
DeVotchKa - (anything from Little Miss Sunshine)
Nico - These Days (from The Royal Tenenbaums)
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 15:55
How ironic, i just spent yesterday afternoon searching for all the movie songs i love but dont own, or never realised who they were by. Having recently watched the departed for about the 10th time it was the rolling stones song 'gimme shelter' which started it. That intro was a masterpiece of cinema.
Other great movie songs (sure people have already mentioned them)
where is my mind- the pixies (fight club)
Extreme ways- moby (bourne films)
edge of seventeen- stevie nicks (school of rock)
mad world from donnie darko was an especially moving movie song as well as the doors the end in apocalypse now.
Also check out 'wanted' 's soundtrack for the song 'the little things' and nine inch nails 'everyday is exactly the same', they fit the film perfectly
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 16:40
April March's 'Chick Habit' from Tarantino's Death Proof. Can't get enough of it!
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 16:51
Great discussion, I get a lot of stick for learning about music from films but I think the two mediums are made for each other.
My Top 5 (in no particular order)
1. "Please, please let me get what I want", by the Smiths, from Ferris Bueller - the museum scene, wonderfully melancholic!
2. "Alone in Kyoto", by Air, from Lost in Translation - inspired me to go travelling
3. "Battle without Honour or Humanity", by Tomayusu Hotei, from Kill Bill vol one - it just made me salivate with anticipation when I heard that on the trailer
4. "Surfin' USA", by the Beach Boys, from Teen Wolf - any excuse to mention Teen Wolf!
5."Halcyon", by Orbital, from Hackers - random film but perfect track to end the film
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 20:06
I get most of ma ipod music from films and tv shows(mainly greys anatomy) but probs the best song i first heard on a movie is "you know my name" by chris cornell off casino royale.i luv the top gun and footloose soundtracks loads as well.
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 21:18
Anyone mentioned 'ONCE' yet. Every song is bloody brilliant. We had 'Falling Slowly' at our wedding last year .... then it won an oscar!
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 21:42
I'd have to say some of the best tracks on my iPod I discovered through movies. Nothing enhances tone like the right soundtrack. So hard to pick just one though but there is a clear winner here people, probably the most overused too, Clint Mansell's "Lux Aeterna" from the Requiem for a Dream soundtrack. Also...
Just about all of the Rocknrolla soundtrack especially Black Strobe's "I'm a Man" Sssssexy.
Aimee Mann's "Save Me" and "Wise Up" from Magnolia.
Zero 7's "In the Waiting Line" from Crash.
Hans Zimmer's "Now we are Free" from Gladiator.
Posted on Saturday November 29, 2008, 22:54
I'd say one of favourite songs is Tracks of My Tears by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, first heard during the trailer for Platoon
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 00:35
Narrowing it down here to songs that aren't just brilliant discoveries, but actually added to my enjoyment of the film they're in and become an indelible part of the experience.
Vanilla Sky- The Nothing Song by Sigur Ros
Layer Cake- Aria by Lisa Gerrard
Sunshine- Peggy Sussed by Underworld
Fight Club- Where Is My Mind by Pixies
Animal House- Shout by Otis Day and the Knights
Dawn of the Dead (remake)- When The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash
Hannibal- Vide Cor Meum by Hans Zimmer
Stand By Me- Stand By Me by Marvin Gaye
Matilda & Ice Age- Send Me On My Way by Rusted Roots
Miller's Crossing- O Danny Boy by (?)
Forrest Gump- For What It's Worth by Buffalo Springfield
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 06:06
The Blower's Daughter, at the end of the movie Closer. Also, "Stuck in the Middle with You", which I still love, plus pretty much everything from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack.
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 07:24
The Big Lebowski
- "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition my Condition was In)" by Kenny Rogers
- "Hotel California (Spanish Mix)" by the Gipsy Kings
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 11:51
Blister In the Sun – Violent Femmes – Grosse Point Blank
Got To Get It On – Marvin Gaye – Charlie’s Angels
Lust For Life – Iggy Pop – Trainspotting
Anyone Else But You – The Moldy Peaches - Juno
Tiny Dancer – Elton John - Almost Famous
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 12:22
Southland Tales - All These Thing I've Done - The Killers
Almost Famous - Tiny Dancer - Elton John
Reservoir Dogs - Little Green Bag - George Baker
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints - Baker Street Gerry Rafferty
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 12:35
An Ending - Ascent at the end of 28 Days Later. Pure class from Brian Eno.
I'll have to agree with Where Is My Mind by Pixies from Fight Club.
So many, so many...
Hotel California by the Gypsy Kings from (IIRC) Never Been Kissed.
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 13:51
Any Cameron Crowe/Nancy Wilson
Yann Tiersen: Amelie
Eddie Vedder: Into the Wild
Portishead's 'Glory Box': Stealing Beauty
Air 'Playground Love': The Virgin Suicides
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 14:41
Some of this groups I knew of their songs but didn't really care about them until I saw a movie or Tv show which made fall in live with it
Joy Division-- Control
Violent Femmes--Rocket science
Imogen heap-- The last episode of the 2ed deason of The OC(the song hide and seek, the funeral scene and when Marissa shot Trey)
the rest has all ready been said
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 15:46
Most of the albums on my Zen Micro are soundtracks, I love how totally different songs are thrown together under the uniting theme of a film. Firm favourites:
Lost In Translation; Garden State; Once - the whole soundtracks ROCK and I play them incessantly
The Virgin Suicides - Highschool Lover, then Playground Love, then all the rest of it
The Fifth Element - Lucia Di Lammermoor - one of the first film songs to have a massive impact on me
Romeo + Juliet - Desiree/ Kissing you - ditto. I was much younger then (ahem)
Kill Bill 1 - The 22.214.171.124's/ Woo Hoo
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Electric Light Orchestra/ Mr Blue Sky
Cruel Intentions - Placebo/ Colourblind - hugely impressive song/scene meld
The Bourne Supremacy - Moby/ Extreme Ways (my mobile ring tone)
Hackers - When I first saw it I went out, got the soundtrack and played it until the CD started skipping from overplay
Does Buffy count? I've played to death all 3 compilations
Amelie! I'd never listened to chancons before this, but I play it when I'm travelling now
Grosse Pointe Blank - Queen & David Bowie/ Under Pressure
Love Actually - Sugarbabes/ Too Lost in You
What Women Want - Something's Gotta Give
Queen of the Damned - Kidney Thieves/ Before I'm Dead, Jay Gordon/ Slept so Long, Marilyn Manson/ Redeemer. What can I say, was a big Ann Rice fan at the time; actually, I like the entire soundtrack.
There are loads more, but this is what jumped out at me at first thought
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 16:08
Oops. I meant The Bourne Ultimatum, naturally. Silly brain.
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 17:04
Indran, the incomparable Frank Patterson performed the version of Danny Boy in Millers Crossing - an unmanly lump in the throat every time.
Great list so far - so many corkers! Not sure I'm adding a great deal with my contribution...
Air - Playground Love (Virgin Suicides)
Aimee Mann - Save Me (Magnolia) - think this was on the free Empire CD some years ago?
Debussy - Claire de Lune (Frankie & Johnny)
God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters - Moby (Heat)
One that I don't think anyone's mentioned yet would have to be the soundtrack to This One's from the Heart by Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle (especially Picking Up After You and the title track)
I Miss Sunshine
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 18:54
My god do I love movie soundtracks. I have realised that most of my favourite films are the ones with kickass soundtracks. Probably because I pay as much attention to the soundtrack as to the actual movie goings on.
I have many favourite movie songs (although does anyone else think the songs don't often sound as good alone without the movie?) They've mostly all been said before I think, but what the heck these are my choices.
Grosse Pointe Blank (Pete Townshend _ Let My Love Open The Door (the movie version) or anything from the film)
Vanilla Sky (Peter Gabriel _ Solsbury Hill or Radiohead or Sigur Ros...)
Jerry Maguire (Bob Dylan _ Shelter In The Storm, also good is Tom Petty_ Free Fallin')
The Goonies (Cyndi Lauper _ The Goonies 'R' Good Enough)
Marie Antoinette (The Cure_Plainsong)
The Beach (Moby _ Porcelain)
Almost Famous (Elton John _ Tiny Dancer)
Fight Club (Pixies _ Where Is My Mind?)
Bourne Ultimatum (Moby _ Extreme Ways)
Gladiator (Lisa Gerrard and my hero Hans Zimmer _ Now We Are Free, maybe my first goosebumps moment)
Requiem For A Dream (Clint Mansell _ Lux Aeterna)
Waitress (Langhorne Slim _ The Electric Love Letter or Quincy Coleman _ Give It Away)
Anything from Lost In Translation, Virgin Suicides, Garden State
Some other good ones:
True Romance (Hans Zimmer _ You're So Cool)
Clueless (anything from it, but a relatively unknown one is General Public _ Tenderness)
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (The Who _ Won't Get Fooled Again or If I Had A Hammer)
The Matrix (Rage Against The Machine _ Wake Up or Rob Dougan _ Furious Angels)
The Proposition (Nick Cave _ The Rider Song)
Little Miss Sunshine (DeVotchka _ Til The End of Time)
Perfect Catch (Nick Drake_ Northern Sky), its not an amazing moment but its an amazing song.
Collateral (Groove Armada _ Hands of Time)
Ice Age (Rusted Root _ Send Me On My Way)
But my alltime movie music moment is the cast of Magnolia singing Aimee Mann's Wise Up. Brilliant.
I Miss Sunshine
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 18:56
Oops I forgot Pulp Fiction. Shame on me.
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 19:12
Five songs I love that I'd never heard before seeing the movie:
Urami Bushi - Meiko Kaji (Kill Bill, Vol. 2)
The Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle (Brokeback Mountain)
Big Rock Candy Mountain - Harry McClintock (O Brother, Where Art Thou?)
Play Dead - Bjork and David Arnold (Young Americans)
Free Ride - Edgar Winter (Dazed And Confused)
Five movie themes that stayed with me:
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon - Tan Dun
Legends Of The Fall - James Horner
Spybreak! (Short One) - Propellerheads (The Matrix)
The Third Man Theme - Anton Karas
What R We Stealing - David Holmes (Ocean's Twelve)
And my favourite, just because I can...
East Bound and Down - Jerry Reed (Smokey And The Bandit)
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 20:56
Eddie Vedder Into the Wild
go buy it now
Posted on Sunday November 30, 2008, 21:32
surf rider at the end of pulp fiction and In the Waiting Line, by Zero 7, in Garden State when Zach Braff is high on e.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 09:55
Forgot the Soundtracks to Shane Meadows films most notably
North Country Boy from 24/7
The whole soundtrack to Dead man shoes
And of course the brilliant soundtrack to This is England featuring Toots and the Maytals
Which ties in neatly to The Harder they come soundtrack
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 10:00
can't believe no-one has mentioned Blade in the opening club scene!!!
plus I'm just starting to get into the max payne trailer song - If I was your vampire ( M Manson) - shame about the film
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 10:05
sorry kittys_gremlin but that wasn't the stones in interview the vampire - it was a shitty guns n' roses cover (slash was so pissed off with it that he left the band - that and axel being the c#*k that he is).
for me def, violent femmes in grosse point blank and the entire matrix soundtrack esp rage over the end credits - i defy anyone not to strut when leaving the cinema with that playing in the background.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 10:17
Film music deserves an entire magazine like Empire to itself, not the half hearted current approach by film enthusiasts - perhaps Tarantino could be Editor...
I love so much but Vaughn Williams' Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis, which I first heard in Master & Commander, makes me cry everytime so probably wins.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 10:25
"Blister in the sun" by Violent Femmes from Grosse Point Blank was just amazing
"People are strange" from the Lost Boys too ... I still prefer the Echo and the Bunnymen version to the Doors one because I heard it in that film
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 12:29
Brighter Discontent, by The Submarines.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 13:33
There was me thinking I was going to be incredibly hip and cool suggesting Let Go by Frou Frou at the end of Garden State, when I scroll down and find two of the first 20 posts have already mentioned it. Now it just looks like I'm jumping on the bandwagon. Brilliant song though.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 15:01
Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta- The Geto Boys (Office Space)
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 15:06
Friday Night Lights brought me the wonderfulness that is Explosions in the Sky. See the movie. Buy the soundtrack. Go. Now.
And not to be a complete pedant but Ben E. King sang the original and definitive version of Stand By Me which is on the OST not Marvin Gaye. Cracking soundtrack also.
Am very surprised no one has mentioned Somewhere over the Rainbow. I'm not sure it's exactly in the spirit of the original blog but makes me well up every time.
I know it's TV bot Oasis "half the World away" theme tune to the Royal Family has a special place in my heart too.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:03
Pietro Mascagni’s Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana is one of the most beautiful songs in the history of man kind. I liked it better at the end of Godfather 3 tho. The duet from the marriage of figaro in Shawshank Redemption and Bizets "au faut du temple sait" from the Pearl Fishers in Gallipoli are powerful songs
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:28
Sinnerman ~ Nina Simone in The Thomas Crown Affair
Time to Say Goodbye ~ Andre Boccelli in Blades of Glory
Little Green Bag ~ The George Baker Selection in Reservoir Dogs
Surfin' Bird ~ The Trashmen in Full Metal Jacket
Cancion del Mariachi ~ Antonio Banderas in Desperado
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:30
And Gimme Shelter ~ The Rolling Stones in every Martin Scorsese film ever made
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 16:54
your all twats
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 17:02
Gary Jules' cover of Mad World from the end of Donnie Darko and Urge Overkill doing You'll be a Woman Soon from Pulp Fiction.
Both of these are great songs on their own but lend so much more to the scenes that they play in.
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 18:09
You know I thought I'd have some good ones from this ...but it turns out most of the soundtracks I really love are from films I don't really like. Maybe it's cos I'm into rock/metal and that kind of music tends to be shoved into pretty plotless action/horror flicks. The soundtracks to both Spawn and Judgement Night are awesome and pretty revolutionary if you like your metal ...it's just shame the films aren't worth watching. :(
"Princes of the Universe" by Queen at the opening of Highlander is always good though! :)
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 18:21
Aw, man I just remembered Nine Inch Nails cover of "Dead Souls" in The Crow! Don't how I forgot that!
Posted on Monday December 1, 2008, 19:06
Good call on Secret Garden, that's the only memorable bit of the entire film.
Soundtracks are usually throwaway collections assembled due to the director's own musical taste, which, for the most part, is largely something of specific preference. Scorsese and Tarantino obviously know how to create icons of pop culture through sound and vision, but the only film where every song has a powerful resonance on the scenes taking place is Trainspotting. The soundtrack is practically flawless in terms of enhancing the viewing experience, though Mr Boyle had blatantly paid 'attention' to the former talented directors.
Wise Up in Magnolia is the only time I've felt a connection being opened between the film world and the viewer, because the soundtrack isn't some distant distraction, it's an actual lifeline for all the characters; both viewers and viewed can share it.
For me the most startling use of a song was in Amores Perros with the song Lucha de Gigantes. Played over the cross-cuts of a kid being wailed on while his brother nuts his sister, it plays up the sordidness and soul-destroying bleakness of all three lives, as the sex is joyless and the violence bone-crunching. That hooked me in, though the rest of the film as a whole is a brilliant piece of cinema.
Here's to more intelligent songyness? Songology?
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 11:51
Good shout with Tiny Dancer on Almost Famous but I had heard that before.
Gotta be I Believe When I Fall in Love by Stevie Wonder over the High Fidelity credits, the perfect end to a perfect film!
I love listing that in my top 5!
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 12:58
Rufus Wainwright - Hallelujah, Shrek is beautiful.
Best soundtrack tho - Requiem For A Dream
Posted on Tuesday December 2, 2008, 21:59
Shitlist by L7, first heard it in Natual Born Killers
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 00:32
Danny Elfman: The Little Things from Wanted
Love it! Never knew Danny Elfman could do that... Always knew he made great soundtracks, but not that he could rock like this...
john o callaghan
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 06:17
Between the Bars by Elliott Smith first heard it in Good Will Hunting and now i have all his recordings. Also the entire Garden State and Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless mind soundtracks are kick ass.
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 13:14
For me, the only example I can think of, not already mentioned, is "Storybook Love" by Mark Knopfler in the Princess Bride. Not written by him I don't think...
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 13:21
a 135 comments and no one has mentioned the Blade Runner album, for shame! I'd say there isn't a god but there is and Vangelis is his name. It's not just the greatest soundtrack of all time it's one of the greatest albums of all freakin time. One more kiss dear, one more...
Posted on Wednesday December 3, 2008, 21:59
Even though the song is a bit... well.. from the 80s... Air Supply's "Can't Live (if living is without you)" is undeniably brilliantly used in the bathtub/suicide scene in The Rules of Attraction. It's an amazing scene that lingered with me for a long time.
I also love Leonard Cohen's "The Future" during the end credits in Natural Born Killers and "When the man comes around" from Johnny Cash in the opening titles of Dawn of the Dead (remake)
Posted on Thursday December 4, 2008, 16:14
Fire and rain by James Taylor - heard first in Running on Empty with River Phoenix and Judd Hirsch. Still probably my favourite song in the world.
Agree with all those giving props to Zach Braff for a fantastic soundtrack on Garden State - gorgeous.
Posted on Sunday December 7, 2008, 14:15
Air Supply doing Without You in Rules of attraction? No Sir, Harry Nilsson surely. The film had an underrated soundtrack; Colours by Donovan. Out Of The Races by The Rapture.
Also, Wicker Man, Repo Man, Mean Streets. One and all.
Recently, yeah, that Zack and Miri tune by Live. Excellent.
Posted on Monday December 8, 2008, 02:12
Doesn't leave much as most have already been mentioned but I'm just gonna add 'Leave' by R.E.M from A Life Less Ordinary. Never heard it before that and it's an absolute tune.
Sarah x x
Posted on Monday December 8, 2008, 13:04
Trainspotting soundtrack, what more could you ask for from a soundtrack!
Posted on Monday December 8, 2008, 14:30
I can't thank Closer enough for introducing me to Damien Rice, his work is amazing.
Other song I love after first hearing them in a movie are:
Hallelujah (although technically it was West Wing I first heard it)
Danger Zone-Top Gear
Cry Little Sister-Lost Boys
Themes from Terminator and Jurassic Park
Stand By Me-Stand By Me
Wind Beneth My Wings-Beaches
Bright Eyes-Watership Down
Also the Labrynth Soundtrack is great and most of Dirty Dancing Especially She's Like The Wind amd Hungry Eyes
Posted on Tuesday December 9, 2008, 10:46
Everyone's already said it but definately Garden State. I became a huge Shins fan thanks to that movie.
Posted on Tuesday December 9, 2008, 16:15
Gary Jules - Mad World
Donnie Darko Hands down
Posted on Tuesday December 9, 2008, 16:33
And The Pixies-Where is My Mind
At the end of Fight Club
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 13:10
I have to say that Forrest Gump was incredibly influential to me I was only thirteen when It came out and at that time I was really just starting to explore music after years of subjegation to my parents tastes (which as it turns out weren't all bad). It was basically a who's who of Rock and Roll. I'd never heard Lynard Skynard or Bob Dylan or "Creedance" or The Doors before and what you have to keep in mind is that this was long before the proliferation of the internet and the ability to download pretty much anything you care to listen to. What also surprises me is that (and perhaps I just missed a post whilst scanning through) no one has mentioned the Blues Brothers which was a who's who of blues and soul music and another complete revelation to my ears at that tender age of 13. I know that I'd seen the film before then but it was at that age of 13 that I really felt a connection to the rich musical talent it put on display.
Tarantino soundtracks are always full of forgotten gems and the now notoriously hard to track down Event Horizon Soundtrack is a wicked colaborative effort especially the title track. The combination of orchestra strings combinesd with break beats and dark synth noises is astounding.
Finally I couldn't go without a nod to the sheer awsomeness that is the Original Transformers Movie soundtrack. Stan Bushes the touch in particular is brilliance through and through.
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 13:29
For me the first one that comes into my head is from Sliver during the 'love' scene between Sharon Stone and William Baldwin. The song is 'Unfinished Sympathy' by Massive Attack and it is still one of my favourite songs to this day. Also as sad as it sounds there isn't a bad song on the Dirty Dancing soundtrack and I agree the same with the Top Gun.
Ohh I would also have to say Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen from Wayne’s World, I was 10 when the film came out and had never heard the song before (bad upbringing lol) and as soon as I got home I sang what ever parts of it I could remember and asked my dad if he could buy the song for me on tape lol.
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 16:53
Some real good ones in here but the following i havent seen and sping to mind are -
ADAGIO FOR STRINGS - samuel barber from platoon
the most atmospheric music ive ever hear I can't think of anything that reflects the calm after the storm better. I can listen to the full score and just drift off in to a trance.
You are so beautiful - Joe cocker from Calitos Way
Matched with pacinos end monolgue as he lies dying this is so powerful and such an chilling song
No easy way out - Rocky IV
Awesome! Love the montage in the car pieced so well togehter and the song goes perfect. Pure 80's rock ballard!
Posted on Wednesday December 10, 2008, 17:45
The Pixies, “Where Is My Mind” – Fight Club
Counting Crows, “Colorblind” – Cruel Intentions
The Cure, “Burn” – The Crow
Foo Fighters, “My Hero” – Varsity Blues (and yes, I am disgusted with myself that I hadn’t heard the song before seeing the film!)
Aimee Mann, “Wise Up” – Magnolia
Stevie Wonder, “I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)” – High Fidelity
NIN, “Something I Can Never Have”, and L7, “Shitlist” – both from Natural Born Killers
Robert Tepper, “No Easy Way Out”, and Survivor, “Burning Heart” – both from Rocky IV (try to not clench your fist and punch the air to the 80’s rock beat! Yeah the montage!!)
Urge Overkill, “Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon” – Pulp Fiction
Dramarama, “Anything, Anything” – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (entirely the wrong film for the song, but still a cool song)
Stevie Wonder, “Superstition” – The Thing
Gerard McMann, “Cry Little Sister” – The Lost Boys
Warren Zevon, “Werewolves Of London” – The Color Of Money
To name but a few. So many more escape me at the moment though!! I swear, hearing a good song in a film and not knowing the name or who sings it can turn you into a Goonie hunting for treasure....which reminds me....Cyndi Lauper, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"!!!
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 01:47
Surprised no one has mentioned the Starship track from Mannequin.
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 03:15
Gary Jules, Garden State and Cameron Crowe can all go and fuck themselves. You bunch of pussies.
Creedence Clearwater Revival: as seen in Die Hard 4 (Fortunate Son), American Werewolf in London (Bad Moon Rising) and The Big Lebowsik (Lookin' Out My Backdoor - although it's not included in the soundtrack CD).
The whole of the Gross Point Blank soundtrack is also superb.
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 11:04
The Self Preservation Society.....The Italian Job (the original & BEST one)
If anyone agrees, well done.....If someone disagrees, your not human!
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 15:37
There are a lot of songs I've found through film that have been mentioned over and over so I'll try and pick some different choices-
Blade Runner- "Rachel's Song" by Vangelis- Stunningly beautiful song
Marie Antoinette- "All Cats Are Grey" by The Cure-Sofia Coppola is one of my fave directors and she has a good ear for soundtracks.
Leon- "Venus As A Boy" by Bjork- I had never heard a Bjork song before this and what an introduction it was!
Donnie Darko "Notorious" by Duran Duran and "Head Over Heels" by Tears For Fears- these kickstarted my love for 80s music
Shallow Grave- "Shallow Grave"-by Leftfield-Discovered Leftfield!
American Psycho- "Hip To Be Square"-Huey Lewis- this always make me smile, but I have a sick sense of humour for a girl haha
Se7en- "Closer" remix by NIN
Human Traffic- Come Together by Primal Scream
The Virgin Suicides- "Strange Magic" by ELO- I'd heard it when I was really young and I rediscovered it watching this, great song.
Also have to thank soundtracks of Trainspotting, The Beach, L.In.Trans, Natural Born Killers (discovered Cohen), Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet and School Of Rock!
Posted on Thursday December 11, 2008, 20:52
Good topic, hmmmm, let me see: Derek & The Domino's (Goodfellas - montage scene following the aftermath of the Lufthansa Heist, the precise moment I fell in love with that film), The Hearts Filthy Lesson - Bowie (Se7en), An ending (An Ascent) by Brian Eno (Traffic) end scene, Live & Let Die - McCartney (best Bond theme?), And last but by know means least, anything, I do mean anything by Ennio Morricone: The Mission (er...the entire soundtrack is now seared into my brain), The Untouchables (try watching that without humming that theme for days afterwards, Once Upon a Time in America. Glorious work.
Posted on Friday December 12, 2008, 17:00
ok, not so much in a movie, but in a movie trailer (it could well be in the film)
Take A Bow by Muse, in the Watchmen trailer.
Posted on Friday December 12, 2008, 18:45
Wow! A lot of good stuff here, as per usual Empire's great bloggers tribe. My sole contribution is 'when the man comes around' by Johnny Cash from dawn of the dead. I'm mad into music so rarely hear anything (that blows me away) for the first time in a film.
Posted on Wednesday December 17, 2008, 15:58
Wow this blogs been going for ages. For those of you bothering to scroll down this far here's my Two Cents...
Carry On My Wayward Son - Kansas - Anchorman.
Canonball - Can't remember the band - The Cannonball Run.
East Bound & Down - Jerry Reed - Smokey & The Bandit (yes i have a soft spot for Burt Reynolds films...)
Where Is My Mind - The Pixies - Fight Club
Dry The Rain - The Beta Band - High Fidelity
(Don't You) Forget About Me - Simple Minds - The Breakfast Club
Good Time Tonight - INXS - The Lost Boys
Midnight Speacial - Credence Clearwater Survival - Twilight Zone The Movie
God Moving Over Water - Moby - Heat
My Way - Sid Vicious Version - Goodfellas
Born Slippy - Underworld - Trainspotting
The entire Top Gun Soundtrack
There She Goes - The LAs - So I Married An Axe Murderer
I Will not Fall - Can't remember - Point Break
Posted on Thursday January 8, 2009, 16:24
The only one I can think of is The Pixies - Where Is My Mind? from Fight Club. Knew next to nothing about them at the time but that led me to having all their albums today.
Alot of individual songs. Like everyones said, Tarantino and Scorsese pack their movies with great songs. Also
The Doors - The End in Apocalypse Now
Don't Let It Bring You Down - American Beauty ( cover version works perfectly in the film)
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun - Casino
Rolling Stones - Paint It Black - Full Metal Jacket
Jesus & Mary Chain - Just Like Honey - Lost In Translation
Donovan - Atlantis from Goodfellas and Hurdy Gurdy Man from Zodiac
Alot of Aimee Manns stuff in Magnolia. One/Wise Up/Save Me.
Posted on Monday January 19, 2009, 21:38
Duran Duran - Ordinary World, Layer Cake
Posted on Thursday January 22, 2009, 21:14
One of my favourites is actually a different song from Jerry Maquire. Its a Paul McCartney song called Junk. It can be heard when Jerry and Dorothy get friendly on her doorstep after I believe their first date. Lovely tune, check it out (It was on Maccas first solo album after the Beatles split)
Posted on Monday January 26, 2009, 09:11
Helmet with 'Milktoast' (from 'The Crow' OST). First time I heard Helmet, and have now been a fan for 15 years.
As a kid I loved the Ghostbusters single, and all the James Bond tunes.
Posted on Thursday January 29, 2009, 12:23
The first song I can remember liking was at the end of ten things I hate about you, I want you to want me by letters to cleo. Also radiohead's talk show host from romeo and juliet and the beginning of cruel intentions, placebo, every you, every me. what a great blog, really had me thinking.
Posted on Thursday January 29, 2009, 16:08
When 'Head over heels' comes on in Donnie Darko.
I never like 'Tears for Fears' much, but the way this song is used in the school set up scene is just great - far better than the maudlin Gary Jules version of 'Mad World' that became so associated with the movie later.
Posted on Wednesday February 4, 2009, 10:25
Down in Mexico in Death Proof....
and how can you not cry at Aerosmith's Don't Wanna Miss a Thing at the end of Armageddon!
Posted on Friday February 6, 2009, 16:06
Two films spring to mind for me:
Garden state: New Slang by The Shins, the scene that introduces us to natalie portman in the waiting room at the hospital. great great song.
Anything in Easy Rider.... its bit old now but there are some good songs on that soundtrack especially from The Byrds.
Posted on Friday February 6, 2009, 17:26
Well if it's the music that starts the movie (not the 'theme' tune as such) the one that sticks out in my mind is Oceans Eleven (Clooney etc) when Clooney is coming out of prison, very very cool tune for a rather cool film. Dusk Til Dawn is another one with a top first tune (This may be classed as the 'theme' (Clooney again, it's the music not him)). Gladiator (Crowe) has that epic score that sets the tone. There are plenty that I've forgotten or not seen I'm sure, but a good soundtrack assists a movie in more ways than one for me.
Posted on Saturday February 7, 2009, 01:10
Fortunate Son by Creedance Clearwater Revival from Die Hard 4.0
It is now the law that anyone saying Creedance has to say it with all of the furver of Bruce Willis
Posted on Sunday February 8, 2009, 18:19
Where is my mind by the Pixes from Fight Club. Brilliant song, briliant film.
Posted on Monday February 9, 2009, 14:17
Not one of the most popular films out there (I don't know why?), but tracked down the opening credits for The Boondock Saints. "The Blood of Cu Chulainn" by Mychael & Jeff Danna (can be found on I-Tunes).
This coupled with Shipping Up to Boston, followed by the Aliens soundtrack certainly makes the miles slip by whilst pounding the street.
Posted on Tuesday March 17, 2009, 17:58
"Hard Sun" by Eddie Vedder from the film Into the Wild
It not only became my favourite ever song but also confirmed that Into the Wild is my favourite ever fim. When it comes on before the credits it ensures that the film and in particular its emotional ending will stay with you forever.
Other films made memorable by songs in their final scenes are:
Fight Club- Where is my Head
The Wrestler- The Wrestler
Transformers- What Ive Done
Posted on Wednesday March 18, 2009, 23:18
The first time I heard "The Passenger" was in a preview for Weatherman and its one of my favorites even if the movie blew.
And also, that song from the watchmen preview: The beginning is the end is the beginning by Smashing Pumkins is awesomes. Its a really rare song and was in Batman and Robin (eww).
Posted on Wednesday April 1, 2009, 12:22
The two songs from movies i really loved were from the Lost Boys and Juno.
1. People are Strange - Echo and the Bunnymen - Lost Boys Soundtrack
2. All i want is you - Barry Louis Polisar - Juno Soundtrack (which led me to looking up his other works such as "Don't Put your finger up your nose" and "Never cook your sister in a Frying Pan". Classics!!
Posted on Friday April 3, 2009, 22:48
Whilst not strictly 'in' the film (its featured over the closing credits), 'You Wanted More' by Tonic knocked me for six in American Pie, and introduced me to a fantastic and very underrated band. Check out the 'Sugar' and 'Head on Straight' albums for some seriously quality rock music...!
slice of fried gold
Posted on Thursday April 9, 2009, 16:47
I haven't actually seen Burn Before Reading but I saw the trailer for it when I went to watch Quantum of Solace last November. The song that played over the BBR trailer was in my head all the way through the film. I youtubed the trailer as soon as I got home to find out what the song/band was, that day I was re-introduced to an amazing British band who I saw a month ago and blew me away, especially when they played this particular song. It was Elbow and Grounds for Divorce.