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Empire's Favourite Music Moments
From The Pixies to Burt Bacharach

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'Kenny Rogers And The First Edition’s Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)' from The Big Lebowski

Chosen by: Ali Plumb, Staff Writer

"With a soundtrack as strong as The Big Lebowski’s, I want to pick every song. There’s Elvis Costello’s Mood Swings (as heard in the doctor’s surgery), Townes Van Zandt’s take on The Rolling Stones’ Dead Flowers (played over the credits), Bob Dylan’s The Man In Me (the Superman/Maude-on-a-flying-carpet sequence)… it’s all fuckin’ A, man. But standing tallest is Kenny Roger and the Coen brothers’ utterly bonkers Busby Berkeley dream. Dubbed ‘Gutterballs’, it’s half David Lynch, half bowling porno. It boasts cable guy outfits, Viking damsels, light-up stairs, top-notch finger-click dancing, Saddam Hussein as an alley monkey (note the pin-based beret insignia) and one of the catchiest one-hit-wonders ever recorded. The result is a movie centrepiece that – wait for it – really ties the film together. "

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1
Agree with the Wes Anderson overlook. The scene that always touches me is when Ritchie in Royal Tennenbaums shaves and slits his wrists to the tune of Needle in the Hay by Eliot Smith, all the more poignant by the fact that Smith took his own life. Dark but beautifully done. More

Posted by spaniel on Friday June 7, 2013, 10:49

2 The Man Who Knew Too Much
The whole film really. music is a key device and motif from the mirroring of concerts of the 10 minute silent Albert hall sequence (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpG5ZC06KqA) to the embassy of QueSera Sera (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVuEC3r7a-o) to save a child. More

Posted by I am here on Friday June 7, 2013, 03:19

3 The Lion King
I'm sorry but hakuna mattata needs to be on this list. More

Posted by hollyinhd on Saturday June 1, 2013, 03:23

4 Wes Anderson
I know its all personal taste but how can you not have a single musical moment from any Wes Anderson film?? The man uses music to greater effect than any other Director. I mean just think of Paltrow getting off the bus in The Royal Tenenbaums, or the final scene in Rushmore...I could go on. Brilliant More

Posted by Nickynoo86 on Friday May 31, 2013, 00:18

5 Wayne's World
Surely the Bohemian Rhapsody car scene from Wayne's World More

Posted by eglanvill on Wednesday May 29, 2013, 15:32

6 Ghost Town
For me, Citizen Cope's "Sideways" in the Ricky Gervais movie Ghost Town was just gorgeous. It was so sad and told a lovely story. These feelings wont go away, they've been knocking me sideways.... OK, the movie wasn't the greatest ever but this song was a brilliant musical moment. Check it out. More

Posted by JohnnyG1960 on Tuesday May 28, 2013, 11:14

7 RE: Bittersweet symphony
L: kermit.t one of my faves is bittersweet symphony at the end of Cruel intentions, and where's Mrs Robinson from the gradudate? Bittersweet Symphony! Hands down the most memorable for me. More

Posted by photonshot on Sunday May 26, 2013, 05:55

8 Bittersweet symphony
one of my faves is bittersweet symphony at the end of Cruel intentions, and where's Mrs Robinson from the gradudate? More

Posted by kermit.t on Friday May 24, 2013, 10:53

9 You dropped the ball with no Tiny Dancer from Almost Famous
Damn good list, especially Up, but that scene on the bus in practically perfect in every way :) In fact it is so good, I have just rewatched it. And here it is again, in all it's glory, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHH3FoJUEbg More

Posted by Teamwak on Thursday May 23, 2013, 19:45

10 Ladysmith Black Mambazo vs Treorchy Male Voice Choir
"They've a fine bass section mind, but no top tenors, that's for sure." When Men of Harlech rises from the besieged garrison in Zulu, you don't even need to be Welsh to feel your heartstrings being tugged More

Posted by cateranfan on Thursday May 23, 2013, 16:05

11 hmmm
Not sure about the lucky star one....not really a standout musical moment in film.history for me, i really like the moment in stranger than fiction when will ferell plays whole wide world by wreckless eric More

Posted by sangypange on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 23:31

12 One-Hit Wonder?
Some great choices there, but I must question the comments to The Big Lebowski - "one of the catchiest one-hit-wonders ever recorded" Kenny Rogers, a one-hit wonder? You sure about that Ali? More

Posted by Brundlesflies on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 10:24

13 In Dreams
Good call. More

Posted by Normal Control on Wednesday May 22, 2013, 01:41

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No almost famous? travesty. but good list nonetheless.]# More

Posted by MJC93 on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 12:45

15 A Few I Like...
Some good choices, another few I would have.. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: Ce Ce Peniston - Finally Layer Cake: The Source feat. Candi Staton - You Got The Love Ferris Bueller: The Beat - March of the Swivelheads Inception: Edith Piaf - Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien Every musical piece in Goodfellas, The Blues Brothers, The Shining More

Posted by bradcam72 on Tuesday May 21, 2013, 12:29

16 I concur
the best beginning to any film EVER...... my favorite More

Posted by manje23 on Monday May 20, 2013, 15:11

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