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Zodiac

Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan

The beginning of the film Zodiac there's Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan and that’s very sinister as well. That really is a weird song when you listen to it. It was one of the songs that I skipped on the Donovan Best Of compilation - it’s like, ‘Hurdy gurdy hurdy gurdy hurdy gurdy’... I mean, come on, give it a rest! But in that film, it’s like, wow, this is brilliant! How have I never realised that?

That’s what a good music video does, it re-contextualises the songs. Take a boring song and put a brilliant music video behind it then suddenly you’ll hear it completely differently.

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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

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

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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

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