EPISODE 498: SONGS FROM MOVIES

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  1. Scott Molling says:

    I definitely think of “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” when I think of The Royal Tenenbaums, but I’m also a huge Simon and Garfunkel fan and at the time wasn’t as aware of Paul Simon’s solo work, so that was the first time I’d heard the song.

  2. Scott Murray says:

    “Jump Into the Fire” by Harry Nilsson in Goodfellas. Great song to put on when you have a lot of errands to do and need some motivation.

  3. Andrew says:

    Fight club’s most important contribution to the world, and me in particular, is the use of Tom waits’ “goin out west.” Coolest part of a not-that-great movie.

  4. Juhani Kenttä says:

    For me, the definitive use of O Fortuna is in the intro of Jackass: The Movie.

  5. Philip says:

    I listened to this is a couple different sits so forgive me if y’all did mention these:

    I know most people think of Johnny B Goode when songs in Back to the Future come up, but Earth Angel is the one that ALWAYS makes me think of it.

    Did y’all not mention I Got You Babe and Groundhog Day? That’s THE song from a movie.

  6. Lars says:

    I made a Spotify playlist with all the songs mentioned in the podcast. I hope I got them all, I’ve tried to get the “correct” artist, though not all artists are on Spotify.
    They’re listed by order of mention.

    https://open.spotify.com/user/fisky/playlist/0GBjnPAOSFCkAmarFrpS1s

  7. Matthew says:

    The first examples that came to my mind that I don’t think you mentioned:
    The Doors, “The End”, from Apocalypse Now – a perfect pairing of image and music.
    David Bowie, “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)”, from Inglourious Basterds – a song that is completely period-inappropriate, but that perfectly suits the tone of the scene.

  8. Marko says:

    I tend to associate Talking Heads “This Must Be The Place” with the much more obvious choice of “Stop Making Sense”, because it’s the song that he sings to a lamp.

  9. Michael Murray says:

    While listening to this episode, two songs came to mind that I connect to films.

    The first is “Over Under Sideways Down” by The Yardbirds, well situated over the montage in Observe and Report. I knew the song but never really listened to it. It fits perfectly with Ronnie’s turn to relenting and causing chaos with Dennis… and a well placed voice over with a break in the song, Dennis saying “I ain’t going to lie to you Ronnie, there ain’t nothing good about this at all”. I now connect this song with this movie.

    The other is “You’re Dead” by Norma Tanega, the intro song of What We Do in the Shadows. Never heard that song before until I saw that film. I now love that song and always think about the character intros and photo montages when I listen to it. I loved the film, but now will always try to restart it On Demand so I can catch the beginning.

  10. Beth says:

    There are so many good mentions here! I’m happy Tyler (I believe..) mentioned the songs from “The Limey” because they are what I remember about that film more than anything else. Also love David’s mention of the use of “Unknown Legend” in “Rachel Getting Married” , because it is the best and I once bought the whole RGM soundtrack just for that version. A lot of my music in movie moments are mentioned, but one of my weirder ones is that pretty much every carol and hymn sung in the 1994 “Little Women” is forever associated for me with those characters singing them, probably because I’ve just been watching it my whole life. Even in a church setting, I hear people singing “glooooria” and I think “oh just like the March sisters.” Which is weird.

  11. Thomas J says:

    A couple come to mind. First, Clarence Carter’s “Strokin'” as accompaniment to Emile Hirsch getting the shit kicked out of him in KILLER JOE.

    In ADVENTURELAND, Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is the backdrop to a great scene of young romance.

    And, another memorable moment from SAY ANYTHING is John Mahoney singing along to Steely Dan’s “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number” as he drives.

  12. Sarah Brinks says:

    A couple of songs just to add to the mix. “O Children” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds in ‘Happy Potter and the Deathly Hallows’. Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around” from the opening credit sequence of the remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead’. Carly Simons’ ‘Let the River Run’ in “Working Girl”. And weirdly The Chordettes “Lollipop” always makes me think of ‘Stand by Me’.

    So glad LL Cool J’s “Deepest Bluest” got mentioned. I genuinely LOVE that song! 🙂

  13. Thomas J says:

    From MULHOLLAND DRIVE, “I’ve Told Every Little Star” (the audition song) and of course the Spanish version of Roy Orbison’s “Crying”

  14. Ben says:

    A couple obvious ones that got skipped:
    I Will Always Love You (Whitney Huston version) from THE BODYGUARD. Never seen it put defiantly a zietgiest-y moment.
    I’ve Had the Time of My Life by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes from DIRTY DANCING

    Others that may not be obvious:
    I’m Kissing You by Des’ree and Lovefool by The Cardigans as used in ROMEO + JULIET

    Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova and Gold by Fergus O’Farrell in ONCE

    Scala and Kolacny Brothers’ acappella cover of Radiohead’s Creep in the SOCIAL NETWORK trailer was also sonically burned into my consciousness.

  15. Jeff Schroeck says:

    Tyler is so right on about Zodiac’s effect on “Hurdy Gurdy Man”! It was a brilliant move by Fincher to bookend the film with the song – it’s a visceral demonstration of the idea that a new perspective can change how old information might be seen. And those three hours did to that song what many Vietnam scenes have done for “All Along The Watchtower” and seedy 70s NYC docs have done to “Psycho Killer”. It now feels like the soundtrack to the hippie Bay Area taking a sour turn in the 70s.

    My movie song is Randy Newman’s “Burn On” from the opening sequence to Major League. It’s what made me want to check him out, after I had put a name to that voice.

    Another one that’s kind of a cheat is that any time I hear “Riders On The Storm” I think of the opening to The Doors, more so than any other Doors song that corresponds with a scene in the film.

    I would give honorable mention to the NFL Films movies, specifically the follies films, for being my introduction to a good amount of classical music.

  16. Justin says:

    What about Bobby Vinton’s ‘Blue Velvet’ and Roy Orbison’s ‘In Dreams’ from Blue Velvet?

  17. Philip H says:

    Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song” in Beetlejuice

    “America the Beautiful” by Ray Charles and “This Magic Moment” by The Drifters in Sandlot

    “Sgt. MacKenzie” by Joseph Kilna MacKenzie in We Were Soldiers and End of Watch

    The cover of “Wish You Were Here” by Sparklehorse and Thom Yorke in Lords of Dogtown (my favorite part of that movie)

    “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell in Remember the Titans

    “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” by The Dropkick Murphys in The Departed

    John Denver’s “Country Roads” performed by characters in Whisper of the Heart. Does that count if the characters cover it? I don’t know, but it’s endearing and beautiful.

    And my favorite for last: “Sukiyaki” by Kyu Sakamoto in From Up on Poppy Hill

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