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Steve R
10-02-2010, 06:51 PM
Can't get this fantastic opening out of my head.
Mickey Rourke is getting dresed as the Maitre'D at a nice
restaurant - cuff links, tie clasp, and two money clips...
all to this great tune:

Frank Sinatra - Summer Wind

Pope Of Greenwich Village

Troy Howarth
10-02-2010, 08:51 PM
One that leaps to mind is the haunting song (by Nora Orlandi) that's used to remind Klaus Kinski of his dead wife in Riccardo Freda's Double Face.

Troy Howarth
10-02-2010, 08:52 PM
Alternatively, I just love the opening of Mean Streets, with "Be My Baby" kicking in as Harvey Keitel lies down to sleep.

Daniel M
10-02-2010, 09:07 PM
"Layla," GOODFELLAS.

Alex K.
10-02-2010, 09:29 PM
House of the Rising Sun in Casino.

Quei giorni insieme a te from Don't Torture a Duckling.

White Wedding in Demons.

Who Made Who by AC/DC in Maximum Overdrive. Okay, I'm cheating a little but still.

Signifying Rapper in Bad Lieutenant.

Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) in Kill Bill.

Daniel M
10-02-2010, 09:35 PM
^ I'm with you on BANG BANG, but then for me, "Favorite Use Of A Song In A QT Movie" could be a separate thread.

Alfred Chamberlain
10-02-2010, 09:39 PM
"Once I Was" by Tim Buckley in the closing scene of Coming Home.
"Thrasher" by Neil Young in one of the dump scenes of Out of the Blue.
"Auld Lang Syne" by the cast in It's a Wonderful Life.
The final song in Minnie and Moskowitz.
The endless use of Morricone's title song in Corbucci's Compañeros.

Phil B.
10-02-2010, 10:34 PM
Great thread Steve. I'm sure I'll be back to post more...

Just off the top of my head,

Frankie Valli: Can't Take My Eyes Off You / DEER HUNTER

Joe N.
10-02-2010, 10:52 PM
I always loved the scene in Dazed & Confused when "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith is playing as Pickford rolls into the school parking lot with his totally badass 1970 GTO Judge....

Matthew BB
10-02-2010, 10:58 PM
The song over the opening credits of COONSKIN, sung by Scatman Crothers

"Caballo negro" in SANTA SANGRE

"Order of Death" by Public Image Ltd in HARDWARE

"Mother Sky" by Can in DEEP END (I admit I love the song alone more than I do its placement in the film)

Matthew BB
10-02-2010, 11:05 PM
Signifying Rapper in Bad Lieutenant.

Good Call.

Alfred Chamberlain
10-02-2010, 11:05 PM
I always loved the scene in Dazed & Confused when "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith is playing as Pickford rolls into the school parking lot with his totally badass 1970 GTO Judge....

Nice one. Love that movie and that song is used so perfectly in it.

Met Tom Hamilton this week. He co-wrote that song.

Steve R
10-03-2010, 01:02 AM
The Wanders
Walk Like a Man - Four Seasons
just as we hit the Bronx, we see Alexanders
and one of the Fordham Baldies wolfs down
an entire slice of pizza in one bite to this tune.


Almost Famous
The Wind - Cat Stevens
as Penny Lance dances by herself on the stage
after the show is over and everyone has gone home.
She holds a long stemmed rose and dances barefoot

Poolhall Junkies
The Big Payback - James Brown
Just as Mars Calllahan is entering the pool room,
so cool.

Ray R
10-03-2010, 01:16 AM
Jimi Hendrix - "Foxey Lady" in Wayne's World... trouble is now I can't hear that song without seeing Garth do his fox ears dance, LOL

Jonathan H.
10-03-2010, 02:34 AM
Some of my favorite song moments, such as those in MEAN STREETS and THE WANDERERS, have already been mentioned.

A few others that spring to mind...

Always loved the use of the Go-Gos' "We Got the Beat" to open FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and the Cars' "Moving in Stereo" to accompany Phoebe Cates' most famous moment in the same film.

"Radar Rider" by Riggs in HEAVY METAL.

The cover of "Nowhere to Run" in THE WARRIORS.

"Surrender" and the rest of the Cars and Cheap Trick tunes in OVER THE EDGE.

"Scarborough Fair" (covered by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66) in the opening credits of HEAVY TRAFFIC.

Lime's "Your Love" and Tina Turner covering "Johnny and Mary" in SUMMER LOVERS.

I think Jonathan Demme is, along with Scorsese, just about the best at marrying pop music to film visuals. SOMETHING WILD is a particular favorite...I really dig the way the Feelies' "Loveless Love" (performed live by the band as "the Willies") is used to segue into the dark second half of the film when Ray Liotta's character is introduced.

Al Edwards
10-03-2010, 03:35 AM
Blue Bayou by Roy Orbison in The Man Who Fell to Earth
One Night With You by Elvis Presley in Fox and His Friends

Robin Bougie
10-03-2010, 04:48 AM
I really really like the use of Led Zep's "immigrant Song" over the footage of the Olympic athletes at Munich in the Oscar-winning 1999 documentary, ONE DAY IN SEPTEMBER. Amazing editing and cues.

I also adore the way "Driver's Seat" by Sniff n' the Tears was used by P.T. Anderson in BOOGIE NIGHTS. The use of "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger in the drug-deal-gone-bad scene is also fucking perfect.

Jonny Redman
10-03-2010, 06:57 AM
Pixies "Where is my Mind" at the end of FIGHT CLUB

Hannes Schach
10-03-2010, 07:37 AM
I think Jonathan Demme is, along with Scorsese, just about the best at marrying pop music to film visuals.

You have to add David Lynch to this list. Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" in BLUE VELVET, "Song To The Siren" in LOST HIGHWAY and many many more great ones.

Guillaume P
10-03-2010, 09:25 AM
The ending of the beautiful,underrated WAKING THE DEAD has brought me to tears...wonderful use of Peter Gabriel's"Mercry street" (but no complete videos of this ending on youtube,too bad!):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DkOG-YyTTM

"This bigh hush" in MANHUNTER...the strange,moving love scene between the killer (Tom Noonan) and the blind woman (Joan Allen)...incredible:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecNK7juk2rU

"Strong as I am" from the Prime Movers in MANHUNTER...i think that Vincent Pereira is going to agree with me on this one!;):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4nIJP6Ggr8

"Meltdown" from Lisa Gerrard/Pieter Bourke in THE INSIDER (from 4:24 to 9:30):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dydfDpSdKJs

See also "Sacrifice" in the same film:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BoXsxYf2UMA


"Tomorrow" by Salif Keita in ALI:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rulsk1tWk

also "One of these mornings" in MIAMI VICE...it works pretty good:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c3UeHTjxls


"Faded flowers" by Shriekback in BAND OF THE HAND:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBCcHrQSo_M

"Ruby rain" by Pino Donaggio/Laura Evans in TRAUMA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnbqnbLcYeQ


"Bad to the bone" by George Thorogood and the Destroyers in CHRISTINE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04Ui40Bv3KY





Cool use of pop rock/new wave songs in two french films:



"Quand les nuits sont trop longues" by Charlélie Couture in TCHAO PANTIN:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cy5hGR5syw


"Guns and people" by Eric Serra in SUBWAY:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtGHtN3FGto

Guillaume P
10-03-2010, 09:55 AM
"Live to tell" by Patrick Leonard/Madonna in AT CLOSE RANGE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qCVUZKnHA4


"Cat people" (putting out fire") by Davie Bowie in CAT PEOPLE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Jh3k8oV4Vc







Almost Famous
The Wind - Cat Stevens
as Penny Lance dances by herself on the stage
after the show is over and everyone has gone home.
She holds a long stemmed rose and dances barefoot

yeah,awesome performance,scene and film!
I fell in love with Kate Hudson after seeing this film...:)

Randy Thomas G
10-03-2010, 10:16 AM
I also adore the way "Driver's Seat" by Sniff n' the Tears was used by P.T. Anderson in BOOGIE NIGHTS. The use of "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger in the drug-deal-gone-bad scene is also fucking perfect.

Also love the way the Emotions track 'Best of My Love' kicks in over the opening scene.

One that always comes to mind is the use of 'Rhythm of the Night' at the end of Beau Travail. Not a big fan of late 80s pop-house but in the context of the film it is really moving and amazing.

Mike Howlett
10-03-2010, 10:20 AM
Never liked the song "Freebird"... until Rob Zombie used it at the end of DEVIL'S REJECTS.

John W..
10-03-2010, 10:38 AM
Schooly D: "Am I Black Enough For Ya" from 'King of New York'.

paul h.
10-03-2010, 12:36 PM
SILENCE OF THE LAMBS:
"American Girl" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, when the next victim is revealed.
"Alone" by Colin Newman, as we tour Buffalo Bill's basement.

BLUE VELVET:
"Love Letters" by Ketty Lester.

APOCALYPSE NOW:
"Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones.

AFTER HOURS:
"Is That All There Is?" by Peggy Lee.

CASINO:
"Satisfaction" by Devo.


edit to add:

THE BIG LEBOWSKI:

editing again! too many White Russians for me. My bad.

The Title sequence is "The Man In Me" by Bob Dylan, and of course the incredible musical dream sequence is "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" performed by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition.
There's quite a few awesome music cues in LEBOWSKI.

Whew! almost had some inaccurate information on the internet tubes.

Always double check your work, kids.

Alex K.
10-03-2010, 04:14 PM
When the Man Comes Around: Dawn of the Dead Remake (probably the best part of the film).

The Times They Are-A Changin: From Watchmen.

Matthew BB
10-03-2010, 04:55 PM
"Cold Lampin' with Flavor" by Public Enemy in GHOST DOG

"Push it to the Limit" by Paul Engemann in SCARFACE

"Neon Slime" performed by Wings Hauser in VICE SQUAD

The song over the opening and end credits of PIGS by Charles Bernstein (?)

paul h.
10-03-2010, 08:14 PM
Elvis Presley singing "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" in George Romero's THE DARK HALF.

clinton t
10-03-2010, 08:40 PM
Them's Friday's Child in Philippe Garrel's Sauvage Innocence.
The Tuvan throat singer's song in Herzog's Little Dieter Needs to Fly.
Dylan's Knockin' on Heavens Door in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Mark G
10-03-2010, 08:53 PM
Blood Simple - "It's The Same Old Song".
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot - "Where Do We Go From Here".

Rich K
10-03-2010, 09:26 PM
Some of my favorite song moments, such as those in MEAN STREETS and THE WANDERERS, have already been mentioned.

A few others that spring to mind...

Always loved the use of the Go-Gos' "We Got the Beat" to open FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH and the Cars' "Moving in Stereo" to accompany Phoebe Cates' most famous moment in the same film.

"Radar Rider" by Riggs in HEAVY METAL.

The cover of "Nowhere to Run" in THE WARRIORS.

"Surrender" and the rest of the Cars and Cheap Trick tunes in OVER THE EDGE.

"Scarborough Fair" (covered by Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66) in the opening credits of HEAVY TRAFFIC.

Lime's "Your Love" and Tina Turner covering "Johnny and Mary" in SUMMER LOVERS.

I think Jonathan Demme is, along with Scorsese, just about the best at marrying pop music to film visuals. SOMETHING WILD is a particular favorite...I really dig the way the Feelies' "Loveless Love" (performed live by the band as "the Willies") is used to segue into the dark second half of the film when Ray Liotta's character is introduced.

Great List! I totally agree about Jonathan Demme feel and love for music.

I'd also add Leonard Cohen's Winter Lady, The Stranger Song and Sisters of Mercy from Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Cat Stevens Miles from Nowhere, Where do the children play, and Tea for the Tillerman from Harold and Maude.

paul h.
10-03-2010, 09:38 PM
I also really liked Leonard Cohen's "The Future" in the NATURAL BORN KILLERS opening credit montage. Perfect.

Rich K
10-03-2010, 09:43 PM
The Doors The End at the beginning of Apocolypse Now.

Simon and Garfunkle Sounds of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, April comes she will, and Scarborough Fair in The Graduate

Peter, Paul and Mary 500 Miles in the documentary Hearts and Minds

Matt Hamer
10-03-2010, 09:46 PM
"He Needs Me" by Shelley Duvall in Punch-Drunk Love

Daniel Robinette
10-03-2010, 10:05 PM
You're the Best Around during the montage in The Karate Kid.

Now Your A Man - DVDA (The Opening song in Orgasmo)


There are tons more but can't think of the names at the moment.

paul h.
10-03-2010, 10:24 PM
Perhaps a cheap shot, but the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" in 1408.

Mike S.
10-03-2010, 10:59 PM
Surprised no one's mentioned Wes Anderson.

"A Quick One..." from RUSHMORE, and "These Days" in THE ROYAL TENNENBAUMS.

"Crazy on You" from THE VIRGIN SUICIDES.

"Wise Up" from MAGNOLIA.

"Spill the Wine" from BOOGIE NIGHTS.

"Institutionalized" from REPO MAN.

Alfred Chamberlain
10-03-2010, 11:59 PM
Dylan's Knockin' on Heavens Door in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

Top 5 for me. Both versions kill me.

John K
10-04-2010, 12:20 AM
Never liked the song "Freebird"... until Rob Zombie used it at the end of DEVIL'S REJECTS.

I really hated this movie but did really admire this sequence.

Wes Andreson's use of music is generally excellent. I'm particularly fond of some LIFE AQUATIC sequences - "Life on Mars" on the boat, "Search & Destroy" during Bill Murray's assault on the pirates - but I know there are plenty of other examples in other films, too...it's just been longer since I've seen them.

Tarantino's also very dependable for good song selections - the car crash in DEATH PROOF (Mary, Mickey, Moozey, Deekie Mitch & Titch or whatever their names are) as well as the striptease in the bar, "Putting out Fire with Gasoline" in INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS, Uma Thurman's "Girl, You'll be a Woman" dance in PULP FICTION, Steeler's Wheels in RESERVOIR DOGS, "Across 110th St." in JACKIE BROWN, and so fucking many choices in KILL BILL.

All of Argento's uses of rock up to 1987 are wonderful, and were wildly influential on me - "Locomotive" and "Flash of the Blade" in PHENOMENA, the grinding metal tunes in OPERA. His use of his own scores is also obviously excellent - the finale of SUSPIRIA, the crane shot in TENEBRE (as well as the concluding moments), "Mater Tenebrarum" in INFERNO.

There are obviously many more examples, but all I can think of are large auteurist groups right now. These may be my favorite 3 directors in terms of music/montages, I think...

paul h.
10-04-2010, 01:08 AM
THE BIG LEBOWSKI:

editing again! too many White Russians for me. My bad.

The Title sequence is "The Man In Me" by Bob Dylan, and of course the incredible musical dream sequence is "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" performed by Kenny Rogers & the First Edition.
There's quite a few awesome music cues in LEBOWSKI.

Whew! almost had some inaccurate information on the internet tubes.

Always double check your work, kids.

Okay. Watching the film again now. So I was right. Both times. There's a second dream sequence utilizing "The Man In Me".

I'd like to thank this thread for making me watch THE BIG LEBOWSKI once more.

Phil B.
10-04-2010, 02:51 AM
Love is Strange: Mickey & Sylvia...BADLANDS

Phil B.
10-04-2010, 02:53 AM
The Reverend Horton Heat - "The Devil's Chasing Me" / LOVE AND A .45

Phil B.
10-04-2010, 02:54 AM
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Jonathan H.
10-04-2010, 02:43 PM
You're the Best Around during the montage in The Karate Kid.

Joe "Bean" Esposito brings it!

Also, "Cruel Summer" in KARATE KID.

Jonathan H.
10-04-2010, 02:55 PM
Blood Simple - "It's The Same Old Song".
Thunderbolt And Lightfoot - "Where Do We Go From Here".

Love both of these, particularly the latter by Paul Williams, who I have big soft spot for.

Jonathan H.
10-04-2010, 03:00 PM
Great List! I totally agree about Jonathan Demme feel and love for music.

I'd also add Leonard Cohen's Winter Lady, The Stranger Song and Sisters of Mercy from Altman's McCabe and Mrs. Miller and Cat Stevens Miles from Nowhere, Where do the children play, and Tea for the Tillerman from Harold and Maude.

The thing about Demme that I think separates him from Scorsese is he tends to dig deeper into the punk, post-punk, and indie milieus, which seems to be outside of Scorsese's knowledge base.

I also love the use of Cohen tunes in MCCABE.

And, while we're on the subject of Cat Stevens, "But I Might Die Tonight" in DEEP END. Also, Can's "Mother Sky" in DEEP END.

Paul Casey
10-04-2010, 03:10 PM
Never liked the song "Freebird"... until Rob Zombie used it at the end of DEVIL'S REJECTS.

Really? The Freebird bit made the ending so Thelma and Louise to me.


I'm gonna say Louden hitting the pegboard to John Waite's "Change" in VISION QUEST.

Jonathan H.
10-04-2010, 03:36 PM
I'm gonna say Louden hitting the pegboard to John Waite's "Change" in VISION QUEST.

Oh, hell yeah! Along with Journey's "Only the Young" in the opening credits and Red Ryder's "Lunatic Fringe" before the final match.

Troy Howarth
10-04-2010, 03:40 PM
Another great one is that gentle song that plays over the nasty chain whipping scene in Don't Torture a Duckling.

Shane K
10-04-2010, 03:53 PM
"Angel of the Morning", by Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts, during The pizza parlor scene in Fingers.


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GaryM
10-04-2010, 04:10 PM
Awesome choice, Shane. SO many great ones already mentioned..... I've always loved the use of Strawberry Letter 23 in this JACKIE BROWN sequence:


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GaryM
10-04-2010, 04:18 PM
One more that's fresh on the brain, but then in my head, The Ramones just make anything better!

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RichardDoyle
10-04-2010, 05:05 PM
House of the Rising Sun in Casino.

Amen ... this is a personal fave.

RichardDoyle
10-04-2010, 05:07 PM
The use of "Sister Christian" by Night Ranger in the drug-deal-gone-bad scene is also fucking perfect.

... and the transition to "Jessie's Girl" ... Mark Wahlberg's 3 second total zone-out during this sequence is one of my favourite moments in any film.

RichardDoyle
10-04-2010, 05:19 PM
"The Israelites" over the end credits of "Drugstore Cowboy"

Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at the end of "Stroszek"

"Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes during the pool hall fight in "Mean Streets"

"The Court of the Crimson King" in "Children of Men"

Many moments in "The Royal Tenenbaums", but chiefly "These Days" and "She Smiled Sweetly"

Dave Dee, Dozy Beaky, Mick & Tich in "Death Proof"

"Machine Gun" in Boogie Nights

Mike Howlett
10-04-2010, 06:23 PM
Really? The Freebird bit made the ending so Thelma and Louise to me.

I'm sorry. I dig it.

Paul Casey
10-04-2010, 08:01 PM
I'm sorry. I dig it.

haha That's ok! I like stuff, too...just not that. haha

Alfred Chamberlain
10-04-2010, 09:16 PM
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee at the end of "Stroszek"

"Old Lost John," and I think it's technically just Sonny Terry. This is another top 5 for me that I forgot!

Matthew BB
10-04-2010, 09:48 PM
The thing about Demme that I think separates him from Scorsese is he tends to dig deeper into the punk, post-punk, and indie milieus, which seems to be outside of Scorsese's knowledge base.

Definitely agree that Demme digs deeper into those styles (and therefore is more tasteful with his film music, IMO), but I'm pretty sure that Scorsese was hip to punk to some degree. I've seen pictures of him sporting a Clash shirt on the set of RAGING BULL, he used a Sid Vicious song at the end of GOODFELLAS, and best of all "Pay to Cum" by Bad Brains is playing in the club scene in AFTER HOURS. Again, these examples aren't nearly as significant as anything by Demme...who knows, maybe they were chosen by the music supervisor.

Paul Casey
10-04-2010, 10:00 PM
I've seen pictures of him sporting a Clash shirt on the set of RAGING BULL

Just shows he has terrible taste in music! har har

Matthew BB
10-04-2010, 10:01 PM
"Angel of the Morning", by Merrilee Rush & the Turnabouts, during The pizza parlor scene in Fingers.


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I love that fucking scene. It's funny that you chose that film in particular, I was thinking of submitting "Summertime, Summertime" as my least favorite use of a song in a movie. Not that it's a bad song; Jimmy just overplays the shit out of it :D. Great movie.

Matthew BB
10-04-2010, 10:03 PM
Just shows he has terrible taste in music! har har

I can't really argue, I loathe the Clash. :D

Shane K
10-04-2010, 10:21 PM
I love that fucking scene. It's funny that you chose that film in particular, I was thinking of submitting "Summertime, Summertime" as my least favorite use of a song in a movie. Not that it's a bad song; Jimmy just overplays the shit out of it :D. Great movie.

Summertime, Summertime does tend to get under ones skin. I love that scene with Michael Gazzo though. Not to mention that he's easily in my top 3 character actors of all time (along with Timothy Carey and Robert Prosky). Also, the fact that the film was financed by Brut Fabrege, makes for a really cool piece of history.


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Shane K
10-04-2010, 10:29 PM
Gotta love "Hey Joe", by Dean Michaels, featured in Joe.

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Cause I'm a Man, by The Pretty Things, featured in Dawn of the Dead (1978), is another favorite.

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Shane K
10-04-2010, 10:37 PM
End credits of Savage Streets...


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Shane K
10-04-2010, 10:39 PM
Last one for awhile...

Yeah this is used alotttttttttt in At Close Range, but it's so fucking fitting.

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Steve R
10-04-2010, 11:44 PM
I love that Madonna song in At Close Range


American Bandstand Theme Music
Escape From New York
Snake switches Cabbie's tape with the President's
and that was what he hears at the end as Snake unspools
the other one.

Louie, Louie - The Kingmen
Animal House

The Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost and the Troopers
Wild In The Streets
(it was written for the film so not excatly chosen for it)

Somewhere Beyond The Seas - Bobby Darin
Godfather II
Just as the plane lands in Havana

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 12:10 AM
Definitely agree that Demme digs deeper into those styles (and therefore is more tasteful with his film music, IMO), but I'm pretty sure that Scorsese was hip to punk to some degree. I've seen pictures of him sporting a Clash shirt on the set of RAGING BULL, he used a Sid Vicious song at the end of GOODFELLAS, and best of all "Pay to Cum" by Bad Brains is playing in the club scene in AFTER HOURS. Again, these examples aren't nearly as significant as anything by Demme...who knows, maybe they were chosen by the music supervisor.

You are correct about Scorsese having some connection to the Clash. In KING OF COMEDY, he used several members of the band as "Street Scum," including Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, and Paul Simonon, as well as new wave singer Pearl Harbour, who was married to Simonon at one time. Ellen Foley who appeared on SANDINISTA and had the Clash guest on her own album, is also in the scene.

And, again, I hate to keeping picking on Scorsese in this regard, but the Clash are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to punk and, in fact, a rather safe choice for classic rock fans who don't really like, respect, or get punk and its many iterations. Hence, a band such as the Clash being one of the only punk or new wave bands deemed acceptable to the most unfortunate behemoth known as classic rock radio...Talking Heads, the Cars, the Police, Elvis Costello being other such "safe" punk acts for the boomers and classic rockists.

Looking at the list of songs in films like SOMETHING WILD, MARRIED TO THE MOB, THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, etc., Demme more often goes for the unknown, esoteric, "hidden gems," if you will, whereas Scorsese is more often going to use something iconic and classic rock like "Layla." Both are great, but I do love being introduced or turned onto something new in the way that Demme did for me when I was young and first getting into music like the Feelies, Colin Newman / Wire, the Fall, New Order, Talking Heads, X, etc., all of which are featured on his soundtracks, rather than hearing the Stones or Sinatra on a film soundtrack for the umpteenth time...tho I do love me some Stones and Frank once in a while, don't get me wrong.

Matthew BB
10-05-2010, 12:37 AM
the Fall

Damn, you just reminded me...gotta add "Hip Priest" blaring in Buffalo Bill's basement to my list of favorites.

Matthew BB
10-05-2010, 12:53 AM
Summertime, Summertime does tend to get under ones skin. I love that scene with Michael Gazzo though. Not to mention that he's easily in my top 3 character actors of all time (along with Timothy Carey and Robert Prosky). Also, the fact that the film was financed by Brut Fabrege, makes for a really cool piece of history.


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Watching that scene again, I've changed my mind about the song. It may be a little irritating, but it's used brilliantly, with Keitel's abrupt flipping out contrasting with the tune's cheeriness. What a demented character. That FINGERS was financed by Faberge is both news to me and mind blowing.

Al Edwards
10-05-2010, 02:56 AM
I'd Rather Have the Blues-Nat King Cole-Kiss Me Deadly

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 12:51 PM
Damn, you just reminded me...gotta add "Hip Priest" blaring in Buffalo Bill's basement to my list of favorites.

Not to mention "Goodbye Horses" by one-hit wonder Q. Lazzarus. The song also appears on the MARRIED TO THE MOB soundtrack.

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 12:55 PM
I love that Madonna song in At Close Range
American Bandstand Theme Music
Escape From New York
Snake switches Cabbie's tape with the President's
and that was what he hears at the end as Snake unspools
the other one.


Oh yeah...love Pleasance's expression when he hears the music and Snake's self-satisfied sneer as the "Bandstand Theme" fades into Carpenter and Howarth's classic end title music.

Troy Howarth
10-05-2010, 12:59 PM
"We're Shipping Up to Boston" in The Departed

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 12:59 PM
Last one for awhile...
Yeah this is used alotttttttttt in At Close Range, but it's so fucking fitting.

Absolutely...Patrick Leonard's score, which is basically just instrumental iterations of the song is extremely affecting and stays in your head for days afterwards (at least it does to mine every time I watch the film). Not a big Madge fan, on the whole, but I love this song and it is most definitely one of her top tunes ever. There are good quality boots of this soundtrack online--I believe some of the score tracks come from a '90s-era promo disc put out by Leonard.

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 01:04 PM
Love Paul Williams' music for PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE and, perhaps because of its omission from the soundtrack LP, I really dig the music that plays when Winslow first approaches Swanage...

"Never thought I'd get to meet the devil...". Apparently, Williams only wrote the snippet we hear in the film so there is no full version of the song, but I love it just the same.

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 01:06 PM
>
Cause I'm a Man, by The Pretty Things, featured in Dawn of the Dead (1978), is another favorite.

Indeed, I've always loved this tune and the scene it accompanies. A great example of Romero's biting sense of humor and social critique.

Paul Casey
10-05-2010, 01:13 PM
Extreme - Play With Me while all the historical figures run amok in the mall in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

Shane K
10-05-2010, 05:47 PM
I hit puberty when I first saw Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridegmont High, as did many a boy I'm sure.

<img src="http://s1.hubimg.com/u/1096340_f520.jpg">



This song played a vital part as well.


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Guillaume P
10-05-2010, 05:50 PM
All of Argento's uses of rock up to 1987 are wonderful, and were wildly influential on me - "Locomotive" and "Flash of the Blade" in PHENOMENA, the grinding metal tunes in OPERA. His use of his own scores is also obviously excellent - the finale of SUSPIRIA, the crane shot in TENEBRE (as well as the concluding moments), "Mater Tenebrarum" in INFERNO.


Don't forget the awesome "Ruby Rain in TRAUMA and the kickass closing song of MOTHER OF TEARS...:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xctn6v_mater-lacrimarium-cradle-of-filth_music

:o:cool:

Guillaume P
10-05-2010, 05:56 PM
Absolutely...Patrick Leonard's score, which is basically just instrumental iterations of the song is extremely affecting and stays in your head for days afterwards (at least it does to mine every time I watch the film). Not a big Madge fan, on the whole, but I love this song and it is most definitely one of her top tunes ever.

I agree 100%!
One of my favorite films,so powerful and moving...my God the ending!!...and the haunting opening scene:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzl131uyXUs

RichardDoyle
10-05-2010, 06:28 PM
"Old Lost John," and I think it's technically just Sonny Terry. This is another top 5 for me that I forgot!

Thanks. I was trying to find the name somewhere.

RichardDoyle
10-05-2010, 06:32 PM
Cause I'm a Man, by The Pretty Things, featured in Dawn of the Dead (1978), is another favorite.

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The Electric Banana ... they're the Electric Banana

RichardDoyle
10-05-2010, 06:34 PM
Not to mention "Goodbye Horses" by one-hit wonder Q. Lazzarus. The song also appears on the MARRIED TO THE MOB soundtrack.

And "Real Men" by Savage Republic ... Buffalo Bob is playing this song too. Pretty good taste for a serial killer.

Shane K
10-05-2010, 06:41 PM
The Electric Banana ... they're the Electric Banana


I still refer to Ali as Cassius Clay. It's just the way I am.

Jonathan H.
10-05-2010, 06:56 PM
I hit puberty when I first saw Phoebe Cates in Fast Times at Ridegmont High, as did many a boy I'm sure.
This song played a vital part as well.

Nice, Shane. Score that 2 for "Moving in Stereo" in FAST TIMES, which I also named as one of my favorites earlier in this thread.

John K
10-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Had to watch a movie in a college course of French film called MAUVAIS SANG / BAD BLOOD. I found it pretty dull on the whole, though there's one random scene where the character just dashes out of a building for no reason and bolts down the street to "Modern Love" while punching himself in the gut because he has a stomach ache. The camera follows him in a lengthy track. It's a great gonzo moment that comes totally out of nowhere - I loved it!

I'm generally fond of similarly disjunctive musical moments, too. Characters burst into a musical number in Ozon's WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS, too, as I recall. I know there are a few more scenes of this type that I love, but I can't remember them right now...

Steve R
10-07-2010, 02:19 PM
Everybody's Talking - Nilsson
Midnight Cowboy
especially as they walk through the West Side

Every Step You Take (I'll be watching you) - The Police
Cat's Eye
As James Wood tries to sneak a cigarette in Quitters.

Jonathan H.
10-07-2010, 02:45 PM
Everybody's Talking - Nilsson
Midnight Cowboy
especially as they walk through the West Side

Every Step You Take (I'll be watching you) - The Police
Cat's Eye
As James Wood tries to sneak a cigarette in Quitters.

"Everybody's Talking"--definitely. Love it.

IIRC, the version of "Every Breath You Take" that plays in the great "Quitter's Incorporated" episode of CAT'S EYE is actually a cover version. The torture scene with "96 Tears" playing always freaked me out as a kid, but what a tune!

Rich K
10-09-2010, 02:25 PM
Innocent when you dream by Tom Waites at the end of Smoke.

Mike Howlett
10-10-2010, 10:34 AM
Most of RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD's soundtrack works in the film, particularly 45 Grave's "Do You Want To Party" and Roky's "Burn the Flame".

Al Edwards
10-10-2010, 08:46 PM
Chantilly Lace-Big Bopper-True Romance
Help Me Make It Through the Night-Kris Kristofferson-Fat City

Jonathan H.
10-10-2010, 11:07 PM
Help Me Make It Through the Night-Kris Kristofferson-Fat City

Love this one!

Eric R.
10-10-2010, 11:19 PM
All great choices but I also picked a few from a TV miniseries and a Pilot (movies... kind of)

Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight in the Miami Vice pilot movie
Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper in Stephen King's The Stand miniseries

Paul Crest
10-11-2010, 07:25 AM
Midnight Cowboy - Harry Nilsson's Everybody's Talkin http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lb5LdJ7cLc

Valley Girl: The Plimsouls - A Million Miles Away http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfCMJ_VFbhM

From Ferris Bueller's Day Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjSP0zwh8LY

Boogie Nights: Spill the Wine: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCrGpT84G9Y

Reservoir Dogs: Little Green Bag: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzMpH9jjo4w

I could go on and on but these are some that come 1st to mind.

Matthias E.
10-11-2010, 09:09 AM
IMHO some great music moments, which weren't already mentioned:

"(Don't You) Forget About Me" by Simple Minds in THE BREAKFAST CLUB
"Don't Fear The Reaper" by Gus in SCREAM
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve in CRUEL INTENTIONS
"Mad World" by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews in DONNIE DARKO
"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John in ALMOST FAMOUS
"For Whom The Bell Tolls" by Metallica in ZOMBIELAND
"Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen in SHAUN OF THE DEAD

Al Edwards
10-12-2010, 04:42 PM
Memo to Turner-Rolling Stones-Performance/Goodfellas