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 Post subject: Best use of pop music in film/television
PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:42 pm 
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Was the 90s the height of using pop music in film?

Pre-90s
Simon and Garfunkel - "The Sound of Silence" in The Graduate
The Ronettes - "Be My Baby" in Mean Streets
Every good Cat Stevens song in Harold and Maude
The Doors' "The End" in Apocalypse Now
Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" and Bobby Vinton's "Blue Velvet" in Blue Velvet

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Every song ever recorded, but especially "Layla", in Goodfellas
The George Baker Selection's "Little Green Bag" and Stealers Wheel's "Stuck in the Middle With You" in Reservoir Dogs
Dick Dale's "Miserlou", Dusty Springfield's "Son of a Preacher Man", Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell," Link Wray's "Rumble", and The Revels' "Comanche" in Pulp Fiction
The Mamas and The Papas' "California Dreamin'" and Faye Wong's "Dream Lover" in Chungking Express
The Flying Pickets' "Only You" in Fallen Angels
Bobby Womack's “Across 110th Street” in Jackie Brown
Danny Chung's "Happy Together" in Happy Together
The Commodores' "Machine Gun", Night Ranger's "Sister Christian" and The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" in Boogie Nights
Corona's "The Rhythm of the Night" in Beau travail
King Crimson's "Moonchild" and Yes's "Heart of the Sunrise" in Buffalo '66
Bob Dylan's "The Man in Me", The First Edition's "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and CCR's "Run Through the Jungle" in The Big Lebowski
The Creation's "Making Time" and The Who's "A Quick One While He's Away" in Rushmore
Pixies' "Where is My Mind" in Fight Club

Post-90s
Connie Stephen's “Sixteen Reasons” in Mulholland Dr
Echo and the Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon" in Donnie Darko
Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in Kill Bill


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Oooh this is a good topic. A few favs off the top of my head:

Fred Neil's "The Dolphins" in The Sopranos. I think its Season 6, a scene where Chris is relapsing (2007ish)
Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb", and The Rolling Stones' "Let it Loose" in The Departed. (2006)
Nat King Cole's "Aquellos Ojos Verdes" in In the Mood for Love (2000)


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One that stands out in my mind is "Move On Up" by Curtis Mayfield in The Wire season 4. It was also used in Bend it Like Beckham but I hate that film.


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Kavinsky's "Nightcall" and College's "Real Hero" in Drive


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Dreww wrote:
Roy Orbison's "In Dreams"


Absolutely. That might be my favorite bit in the whole movie.


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You know what show is surprisingly and consistently bad at this is Mad Men. Other than the first scene of the show I'm not sure they've ever had a piece of music that wasn't either background noise or way too overt.


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Props to the use of "Street Life" and "Natural High" in Jackie Brown as well. That movie got me into funk and soul.

edit: oh yeah, "Strawberry Letter 23" as well.


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Arcade Fire's "Abraham's Daughter" in The Hunger Games
Nick Cave's "O Children" in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1
David Bowie's "Putting Out Fire" in Inglorious Basterds (originally from Cat People of course)
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Dreww wrote:
Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" in Kill Bill


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monga18 wrote:
You know what show is surprisingly and consistently bad at this is Mad Men. Other than the first scene of the show I'm not sure they've ever had a piece of music that wasn't either background noise or way too overt.


I tend to agree, although I did like the use of "Bonnie and Clyde" by Gainsbourg and Bardot early in the sixth season.


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Godspeed You! Black Emperor's East Hastings in 28 Days Later's a good one.


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The Maverick's "Come Unto Me" in the new Dallas


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Lust for Life in Trainspotting
The Queen in Shaun of the Dead
Times They Are A Changing with the Watchmen opening montage

monga18 wrote:
You know what show is surprisingly and consistently bad at this is Mad Men. Other than the first scene of the show I'm not sure they've ever had a piece of music that wasn't either background noise or way too overt.

Yes, definitely.


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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds' and Crime & the City Solution's performances in "Wings of Desire".

The Yarbirds rehearsal in "Blow Up".

"Dazed and Confused" / "Run Lola Run" soundtracks.

Serge Gainsbourg recording session in "Le pacha".


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The Faces "Ooh La La" in Rushmore


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