Despite spring’s best efforts, winter seemed to own Brooklyn this weekend. It dipped well below 30 most nights and staying inside to watch movies seemed like the only sensible thing to do. The choices on TV weren’t amazing, so AC and I ended up watching The Runaways and talking about our favorite songs from movies. As much as songs can easily worm their way into your brain and stay there for years, that hold can be even stronger if they’re accompanied by a scene from a movie. Just naming some of my favorite movies growing up (Singles, Empire Records) instantly brings back the sound of certain songs as strongly as it brings back images of actors. So today I thought I’d kick off the day by filling the house with the sound of our favorite movie soundtracks. We each chose some of our favorites, ranging from some you might expect (Wes Anderson) to some you might not (Good Will Hunting). I hope you’ll enjoy these choices and maybe be inspired to add a few new songs (and movies) to your iTunes list.
Just like last week, I’d love to hear what songs from movie soundtracks are your favorite. I had a really, really hard time just picking five so I’m dying to hear what everyone else loves. I’d want to discover not only some great new soundtracks, but hopefully some new movies to check out next weekend. So please feel free to share your Youtube or other links in the comment section below. I have a feeling this post is going to be so fun to look through for weeks to come. xo, grace
Image above from Brian Everett’s Sneak Peek
“This is the Day” The The (Empire Records) – I loved this song and this movie with such fervency during high school. I still can’t listen to this and not feel nostalgic for the 90s and the way movies like this affected me. I think they’re a big part of the reason I got into college radio and felt the need to wrap myself in music whenever I was happy or sad.
“Waiting for Somebody” Paul Westerberg (Singles) – Since we’re talking about the 90s, it’s impossible to ignore the movie Singles. Or just about every song on that soundtrack that I had to force myself to not include here. Paul Westerberg and his music were (and still are) a constant on my playlists and this song in particular really sums up the movie for me.
“Judy Is A Punk” The Ramones (The Royal Tenenbaums) – It seems downright sacrilegious to compile a list of movie songs and not include something from a Wes Anderson film. The Royal Tenenbaums was chock-full of great music but this, and the accompanying scenes of Margo’s bad behavior are classic. I dare you not to jump around your office (or house) listening to this one.
CLICK HERE for the rest of my morning soundtrack & AC’s picks after the jump.
“Cherry Bomb” The Runaways (Dazed and Confused) – This was another movie that burned itself into my mind at an impressionable age. “Air raid!” will always remind me of why I love Parker Posey so much. This song in particular is a favorite, especially after watching “The Runaways” on TV for the second time this weekend. When Cherie Curie sneers “Hello, Daddy, Hello, Mom” I always wish I had the voice to be in a band. Oh well, I’ll stick to karaoke.
*Click here to check out Amy’s take on Dazed and Confused in her “Living in: Dazed and Confused” post.
“All Day and All of The Night” The Kinks (Pirate Radio) – This movie still makes me want to get back in the booth. Not only was it a solid music-filled movie, but it lead to me spending way too much time last night looking up old Kinks performances on YouTube. Ray Davies is so, so cool.
AC’S MIX (Written in his words)
Badly Drawn Boy – “Silent Sigh” (About A Boy)
I’m not a huge fan Badly Drawn Boy and I was mixed on this movie (spoiled by reading the book first), but this song is really pretty amazing. I love the beat and the “oooh, ahhh’s.” It’s a nice way to ease into a morning when you’re not quite awake yet.
The Faces – “Ooh La La” (Rushmore)
Wes Anderson really has a knack for song selection. A lot of people I know find his choices just a little too conspicuous (to the point of finding them distracting), but what can I say, I’m a sucker for a great song. (But you know what movie DID feel too conspicuous to me was Garden State….”This song will change your life…” gimme a break! Great songs but I didn’t really need the movie attached to them.) This one always puts a smile on my face at the end of Rushmore.
Dandy Warhols – “Boys Better” (Good Will Hunting)
Having grown up in the Boston area (read: the suburbs) originally, I must say I’ve been enjoying the recent spate of movies set Boston over the last few years. Do I have an accent? No. Do I even fit in when I go back? Negative. But will I watch every movie that is set there, regardless of quality? You bet I will. (One note, if you like this song, I highly recommend the movie: “Dig“, which is a documentary about the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacare.)
*Warning– this video has a brief moment of nudity in at 0:41*
Suzi Quatro – “The Wild One” (The Runaways)
Ok, it’s time to wake up! Grace and I watched The Runaways this weekend, and while I didn’t really care for much of the movie or the songs by the Runaways, this song really stood out to me, and I’ve been humming it all weekend. You know who I think would do a great cover of this song? The New Pornographers. That’s who.
The Clash – “Police on my Back” (Knocked Up)
The Clash are one of my all-time favorite bands, and this is one of my favorite tracks of theirs. If I ever rob a bank, I’ll definitely have this song queued up and ready to play in the getaway car. If this song doesn’t have you up and moving by now, well, then, I probably won’t be inviting invite you to ride shotgun for my bank heist.