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Adam Buxton’s Guide To Pop Music In Film
The BUG host's seven favourite cinematic singles

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After several years of hosting BUG, the British Film Institute’s music video appreciation live show, BBC Radio 6 DJ and podcast king Adam Buxton is taking it to television with Sky Atlantic. Speaking to Dr. Buckles – as his fans call him – Empire learnt more about his love of cinema, and in particular, what pieces of pop music were redefined for him by their use in film. Here are just seven, and if you’ve got any of your own to add, please do so in the comment box below.

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Withnail & I

A Whiter Shade of Pale – King Curtis

The opening sequence of Withnail & I has this amazing version of Whiter Shade Of Pale – you can find it yourself on King Curtis’s album Live At Fillmore West. It’s a tune very much associated with the psychedelic ‘60s, but brilliantly Robinson uses a relatively obscure version of it, this seedy-jazzy cover which totally sets the scene for the whole film.

It’s so yellowed and smoky itself in a way, that depressing gloomy Sunday afternoon feeling that it conjures in that flat. It’s getting baked. It really transports you, and that’s what you want from a film and a piece of music. Suddenly you’re there in the ‘60s and it’s not swinging and it’s weird, and it’s anxious and worrisome and depressing and British. Scary. Ah man, amazing.

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One of my favourite films for pop music use is Grosse Point Blank. The epiphany during Under Pressure, the amazing fight to the tune of Mirror In The Bathroom, the liberal sprinkling of gems from The Clash (Strummer was responsible for the original score, too). And the genius moment when the Guns 'n' Roses rehash of Live And Let Die morphs into the muzac on the Ulti-Mart tannoy. More

Posted by iainjames on Thursday April 25, 2013, 21:12

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Yeah, russel said it, I can't believe it, terrific. More

Posted by amycol on Sunday December 30, 2012, 03:39

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Side on view in 300 when leonidis and his captain are out front giving it to the persains... freaking AWESOME! More

Posted by russelblair on Monday October 8, 2012, 14:55


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