I’m tired, folks, and not feeling up to fully articulating the post I have wandering about in my brain, so I’ve got a modified post from my old LJ.
But first, a brief history.
The majority of my friends love the movie High Fidelity. Some of them have even read the book!(This is a big deal if you know my vaguely illiterate friends). As such, a lot of our conversations take place in the form of lists–usually more than a Top 5, sometimes up to a Top 50, typically a Top 10. So, in order to help me out while I get used to this whole “regular blogging” thing, I’m going to do a weekly Top 10.
This week is one of my babies, a list that I proposed and, honestly, I don’t think anyone else did.
This week, I present for your reading and aural pleasures– *drum roll*
The Top 10 Songs Featured In A Movie Scene
(in no particular order)
Little Green Bag- George Baker Selection—Reservoir Dogs
This is possibly one of the greatest opening credit sequences ever. And I can’t imagine any other song sounding as cool. Hell, it almost makes the guys I know who attempt to mimic it seem cool. Notice I said “almost.”
(embedding is disabled for videos that actually show the scene, but you can follow the link)
Burn-The Cure—The Crow
I love this movie, and I love The Cure. So this is a great combination for me. It’s a beautiful scene of transformation, and the lighting and use of mirrors is fantastic, then you throw in these lyrics—“Every night I burn/waiting for the world to end/Just paint your face, the shadows smile/slipping me away from you.” HOW FREAKING AWESOME IS THAT? Ok, so it makes the little awkward fat goth girl in me happy… lemme ‘lone.
El Tango de Roxanne- Cast featuring Jose Feliciano— Moulin Rouge!
This is easily the most powerful scene in the movie. I was trying to stay away from musicals, but I couldn’t not include this one. The emotions, the choreography, the Unconscious Argentinean’s voice, the juxtaposition of the classic Police lyrics with Ewan MacGregor’s “Why does my heart cry feelings I can’t fight?/ You’re free to leave me/but just don’t deceive me/ and please believe me when I say/ I love you!” Holy shit. It moves me far too much.
Duel of the Fates—Episode One
The only thing that made Phantom Menace good was this song, and the fact that it had an entire scene built around it. Plus it makes the classically-trained vocalist in me happy, especially when I’m driving.
The Ballad of Serenity- Sonny Rhodes—Firefly
In a song that is only 1:02 minutes long, Joss Whedon and Sonny Rhodes capture not only the essence of the show Firefly(apart from the problematic race issues), but also something bigger… they capture the values and soul of what being a cowboy, a sailor, or a TRUE pirate is. Remember in PotC(also problematic) where Cap’n Jack talks about what the Black Pearl is? It’s the world, and as long as he has that, he’s free. That’s what Whedon’s lyrics are talking about, and Sonny Rhodes slightly rough, slightly twangy voice lends it to the space cowboy-scape that IS Firefly. I like that. It makes me think of mah pappy, who was a space-cowboy-pirate in his own right.
Indian Love Call- Slim Whitman—Mars Attacks!
It makes aliens heads explode. What is more awesome than that? WHEN I’M CALLING YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOU-HOOO HOOO HOOOOOOO, HOOO HOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! *plfffft!*
Higher and Higher- Jackie Wilson—Ghostbusters 2
It was a goddamn dancing toaster. What else do I need to justify this?
(ok, I couldn’t find a video with the dancing toaster. Sad day. But here’s the big scene with it.)
The Extreme Sports Punk Mix featuring Hold On-Wilson Phillips—Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
There’s something about seeing grown men singing “Hold On” by Wilson Phillips that makes me happy inside. So who cares if there’s more than just one song in the scene? It’s a brilliant testament to the poser inside every extreme sports punk kid.
When Somebody Loved Me-Sarah McLachlan—Toy Story 2
I have an incredible attachment to my toys and stuffed animals, one that some might argue is disturbing in a 26 year old. I remembered this scene having an effect on me the first time I saw the movie, but blocked it from my mind. Recently, when The 3-D Toy Story Double Feature played at one of our local theatres, I bawled like a kid with a skinned knee when Jessie remembers being hurt by her previous owner. I don’t want my animals to feel like that! Even hearing the tragic Muzak version of this in the grocery store can make me get a bit teary.
(Get out the hankies, folks.)
Llorando-Rebekah del Rio—Mulholland Drive
I defy anyone to watch del Rio sing this song and not get choked up. I don’t know why it’s so emotional. It just is. It’s beautiful, and haunting, and utterly utterly memorable. It’s possibly the one thing in that damn movie I understand.
So, dear readers (I’m assuming there are some of you, anyway), any that you would put on your Top 10?