Soundtrack to Our Lives

Professormaddog31 mentioned Deadpool in one of her yummy Midnight Snacks recently and I finally got around to seeing it tonight. She was right. It was fantastic. Without giving away too much, it was irreverent, hilarious, filthy, and infinitely quotable: “You are haunting. You look like an avocado had sex with an older, more disgusting avocado” and “Whatever they did to me made me totally indestructible. And completely unfuckable.” The violence is also very stylized, and to my surprise, it also had a lot of heart. It had one of the sweetest movies proposals I have ever seen. It involved half nudity and a ring pop, but I’m a romantic. I found myself thinking, it would have been so much fun to see it with everyone who comments on this site. Anyhow, this was not supposed to be a movie review, although a second viewing is in store.

What Prof did not mention was how good the soundtrack to the movie was. As soon as I left the theatre, I got on my phone and downloaded the entire soundtrack. I know what I will murder the treadmill to tomorrow:

Deadpool likes WHAM!, Salt N’ Pepa, DMX, techno, and rock. We would be friends. Neil Sedaka’s Calendar Girl is also thrown in. Have I mentioned I have a soft spot for early 60’s bubble gum pop?

As I mentioned in my post about walk-up music, music sets the theme. It is a key element to movies. Picture that iconic shower scene in the original Psycho. Take away the music. It would not be nearly as frightening without Hermann’s screeching strings. (Fun fact: Hitchcock originally did not ]want that song in his movie.) A virtuoso of soundtracks is Quentin Tarantino. Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, Inglorious Basterds. Even though I enjoy his movies, I don’t know if I like his movies as much as I like his taste in music.

This really got me wondering. What are all y’all’s favorite movie soundtracks and why?

(By the way, the trailer to Hardcore Henry looked amazing. It looked like Memento and A Clockwork Orange had a baby. I got some definite Kubrick vibes. The trailer didn’t give away too much either which is a rare thing these days.)

83 thoughts on “Soundtrack to Our Lives

  1. A) I really hate going to the theaters. I made an exception for the latest Star Wars, but I don’t want to get into any kind of habit of making exceptions. All that said….I may have to make another exception for Deadpool.

    B) Yeah, Hardcore Henry looks pretty damn awesome. The whole first-person perspective thing seems like it could easily be discarded as a gimmick, but it looks like they went to real effort to not make it so easily discardable as a gimmick.

    C) I love the Blues Brothers soundtrack. As you mentioned, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill are also way up there. Guardians of the Galaxy. Purple Rain.

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    1. I hate movie theaters. But I make an exception for the best Marvel movies and a rare occasional movie like Star Wars. Deadpool was totally worth it. Part of what made it so great was seeing everyone else’s reactions to some of the very over the top jokes.

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  2. “Hardcore Henry” would make my motion sickness flare up very, very badly. Just watching the trailer made me queasy.

    Soundtracks are so important. Tarantino movies live and die by choice of music. So do Baz Luhrmann films – I hated his version of “Romeo + Juliet” (because I don’t like Leo DiCaprio) but that soundtrack is golden. “Moulin Rouge!” is excellent, too.

    I love the soundtrack to “Batman Forever” – yes, the movie is horrible. Truly bad. But that soundtrack is killer. Not only do you have the immortal “Kiss From a Rose” but you also have the best cover of “The Hunter Gets Captured By the Game” that I’ve ever heard, another amazing cover of “The Passenger”, great songs from PJ Harvey and Sunny Day Real Estate, and Mephisto-era U2 at it’s finest.

    Another good soundtrack is for “Empire Records” – a movie that I know is bad but I love anyway. Mostly the soundtrack is good for two songs, but boy are those two amazingly awesome songs. Those two are “‘Til I Hear It From You” by the Gin Blossoms and “A Girl LIke You” by Edwyn Collins. The Gin Blossoms is probably one of my favorite bands even though I don’t think of them immediately, but I have liked probably every single Gin Blossoms song I’ve ever heard and I can’t say that about Oasis, for example. The other song, “A Girl Like You”, has a unique sound that even today sounds different and weird. I love different and weird. It has this 60s vibe fed through a distorted Marshall amp and then some glittery Bowie sprinkled on it for good measure. I just love that song.

    I could talk about movie soundtracks all day. I’m gonna stop now because ain’t nobody got time for that.

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    1. Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Empire Records are excellent choices. Romeo + Juliet turned me on to The Cardigans, and Nine Persson’s dulcet voice. Her cover of Iron Man makes my body tingle:

      I got all night. Keep going! You have awesome taste.

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      1. Here’s that cover of “The Passenger” that I was telling you about:

        I like this version because it sounds a little darker to me than the original Iggy Pop version. Or, in fact, every version of that song I’ve ever heard, including the Siouxsie and the Banshees version or the one they played on Sons of Anarchy one year.

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  3. What is your favorite “perfectly wrong” song/scene combination in a movie soundtrack? I mean, a song that is so very much the opposite of what’s happening on screen that it somehow fits perfectly and you can’t really imagine any other song in that scene.

    I know there’s got to be some great examples of it, but the closest thing that I can think of at the moment is the “Stuck In The Middle With You” scene in Reservoir Dogs.

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        1. That song is briefly in that old test footage too and I thought it was a nice touch. Good to know that at least some parts/elements of that leaked stuff made it into the final product.

          As is my standard policy, I’ve avoided all the trailers and teasers for the movie, at least since the formal announcement that the movie was actually going to exist. That test footage doesn’t count though, because at the time when that leaked, there was zero hope of that movie ever happening.

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        2. They changed the test footage enough to not have it be a repeat, but kept enough to make it recognizable. Also, a lot of the jokes in the trailers were not used in the movie, rather replaced with funnier punch lines, something I was incredibly grateful for. Still, avoiding trailers is always a good plan, but do yourself a favor and watch them after you see the movie.

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      1. Back when that test footage got leaked back in like 2011 or so, I remember thinking….if the whole movie is like this, it will be outstanding. From all accounts, it’s pretty much exactly like that.

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      1. I couldn’t listen to that song for years after seeing the film. So of course my sister made that her ringtone for my number.

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    1. So I don’t know if this is a “perfectly wrong” combination, but it’s a scene that will never allow you to listen to the song again without recalling it:

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      1. Yeah, that’s definitely in the conversation here.

        I was a bit disappointed in how much they changed that story from the original comics….but it still ended up as a very solid movie.

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        1. I actually didn’t know it was a comic until after I’d seen it – I came out of the theater thinking it was an incredible spoof of the spy genre and it’s silly tropes.

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        2. It was exactly that in its comic form too. That element definitely carried over from the comic into the movie without losing anything.

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        3. It’s only 6 issues total. I suspect that by now you find them all bound into one book.

          I’m a fan of Millar’s work as a whole. You might also check out Nemesis. The super-short synopsis is “Batman’s money and skill, but with Joker’s brain.”

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        4. Sounds good. I’m also sitting on the first four issues of Shattered Empire that my friend gave me. I’ll get around to all this eventually, I swear!

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        5. If you want an ongoing series to get into, I can’t possibly recommend East Of West highly enough.

          It’s a sci-fi western set in an alternate version of the U.S., in which one the Four Horsemen breaks off from and becomes enemies with the others. And that’s only barely beginning to scratch the surface.

          Here’s a pic of the covers of some of the more recent issues, all laid together. Gives you a rough idea of the artwork and geography involved.

          It’s got a fairly irregular release schedule, being that it’s a largely independent work by just a few guys rather than a giant company behind it, but every issue is worth the wait.

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    2. I thought a long time about this. The first example I thought was last night, when Alec gleefully sings Singing in the Rain in the above mentioned A Clockwork Orange, one of my favorite films, as he ball gags and ties the upper class middle aged husband and wife, but the music wasn’t playing, he was just singing it, so I didn’t think it fit. Not really soundtrack per se. I was also trying to think of a scene in Goodfellas (another top 10 movie) of one of the murders, but I couldn’t recall which specific one. I have to rewatch. It’s been awhile. The movie that reminds me it feels good be to be gangster. Lorraine Bracco was just the best in that movie.

      Finally–it hit me. American Psycho. Christian Bates’ merry psychopath and 80s pop music aficionado, Patrick Bateman, murdering people to Huey Lewis, Wang Chung, and Phil Collins.

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        1. I need to watch that again one of these days. I’ve only seen it once, and it’s been a long time ago. I remember little bits about it, like that apartment and the obsession with the perfect business card….but so much of it has slipped through the little holes in my brain.

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  4. I can’t remember the last movie I saw at the theater, but the last one I saw that had a kick-ass soundtrack was Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Other soundtracks I love mainly belong to movies from the 80s…. Stand By Me, Breakfast Club, Top Gun, Dirty Dancing, Blues Brothers, Purple Rain, Flashdance…

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        1. ‘Burgie, I’ll have you know I cut many a rug back in the day to songs like Footloose and Let’s Go Crazy… back when I had youth, hair, a waistline and money.

          I just thought of two other — very different — movie soundtracks that I also like.

          The first is the soundtrack to The Commitments, and in particular their rendition of Mustang Sally:

          The second isn’t a “movie soundtrack, in the classic sense (more like the classical sense), although you can actually buy it on iTunes as such. It is the soundtrack to Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, composed by Howard Shore. Mainly orchestral music, it has a couple of great vocal pieces, by Enya and the incomparable Annie Lennox.

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        2. Yeah! The Commitments, and probably the greatest cover of “Treat Her Right” that has ever been recorded in the history of music. ❤

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    1. The Commitments! Oh my god, I forgot that movie. I love that movie. Once I had a bad cold and my raspy voice was perfect for Mustang Sally and Chain of Fools (I’m an alto), just like the movie and yes, Aretha Franklin. Yes, even during a bad cold, I sing. My dad said to me, “If you sang like that all the time, I would be a rich man.” Lol, thanks, dad!

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    2. I just thought of one you might like, if you haven’t seen it @nbjays. Across the Universe. The movie is only so-so, but oh, the music–all Beatles soundtrack, with a twist on all of their songs. This a particular favorite of mine, with Salma Hayek also singing. She plays a nurse. @longfootlefty may like it too.

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  5. Inda insists that I talk more about soundtracks. So blame her.

    Another great soundtrack to an even better movie is “The Full Monty”. This came out when I was in college and I remember my (only actual) friend in the dorm and I begging a mutual sorta friend with a car to drive us into Little Rock so we could see the film (that was the closest theatre showing it).

    The soundtrack is just as fun as the movie is, with a saucy Tom Jones number, some good thumpy dance music (Movin’ On Up by M People used to be my go-to exercise song for many years), and of course who can forget “You Sexy Thing” by Hot Chocolate? What a great song, and a great movie.

    On the complete flip side, one of my all time favorite soundtracks is for “When Harry Met Sally” – I hate that movie so much, but that soundtrack is great. I don’t even think of it as a soundtrack but just a really good album of standards by Harry Connick Jr. My goodness, I love Harry Connick Jr. His voice is like a bite of dark chocolate followed with a glass of deep red wine. It’s just… delicious. And this soundtrack is, too. I’ve owned my copy since I was about 15 years old and if you could actually wear out a CD like you usedta could a cassette I think I would be on my third copy by now. I particularly love his version of “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” – puts me in the mood for candlelight and kisses. 😛

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    1. “…a bite of dark chocolate followed with a glass of deep red wine.” One of my favorite things on this beautiful earth. I’m sold.

      You can’t tease us like that, sexy thing! 😉

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    2. “I hate that movie so much”

      We can’t be friends anymore.

      That said, we never could be, because men and women can never be friends. 😉

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        1. I never liked it. I’ve watched it twice, the second one a few years ago, because I had more life experience and thought, maybe, I would enjoy it more. I ended up hating it even more than I did before.

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        2. Does Harry deserve to end up with Sally in the end? Absolutely not.

          But the story isn’t the point, it’s just a vehicle for the dialogue, and the dialogue holds up spectacularly well.

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        3. I’d much rather watch Tracy and Hepburn films. The dialogue is just as snappy, but it never insults my intelligence. Give me “Woman of the Year” any day of the week.

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        4. Is it the one where Maury gets icepicked in the back of the head?

          Or when Billy Bats couldn’t shut up about Tommy’s shine box?

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  6. Hardcore Harry made me sick just watching the trailer. I couldn’t do it, and I play a lot of FPS games. Too many sudden camera movements.

    As for soundtracks, I really loved the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack. Also and this is a little older, but the Stand By Me soundtrack was amazing. Kill Bill Part 1 was perfect. Also Pulp Fiction.

    I was really happy to see Deadpool succeed. It’s budget was incredibly tiny, so much so that they tripled their money in the opening weekend. They cut 9 mil out of the budget two days before shooting, and not only made it work, but probably improved the film.

    It had the absolute best opening title I’ve ever seen. Loved the cameo. Loved the jokes. My favorite were the self deprecating ones, the one at the mansion, and the one about suit. Loved that they changed the jokes from the trailer from the actual movie. Well done there.

    You could tell Ryan Reynolds really had his heart into the movie. Like this was a dream come true for him. I still believe he was the one who leaked the test footage a few years ago, which was what actually got the movie green lit in the first place.

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    1. Lol I have diagnosed vertigo, and Hardcore Henry did not do that me. Wussies. 😉 It looked incredible. The trailer blew me mind. It is rare for a trailer to leave me hungry for more.

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    2. On Deadpool, agree 100%. I meant it about the heart though. I was surprisingly touched by a lot of it, but maybe I am becoming a sap or prof is wearing off on me. I don’t want to give away too much for the sake of those who haven’t seen it but there were parts where I felt so much for his character and his situation. I understand using humor to deflect pain.

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  7. Here’s my handful to keep you busy for a while: High Fidelity, Blues Brothers, Forrest Gump, Top Gun, Saturday Night Fever, Easy Rider, plus Brassed Off and Local Hero for some instrumental. One more with a 1969-focussed soundtrack you may never have seen/heard is The Dish, a humorous (and mostly authentic) take on how the first pictures were received from the moon. Worth a look if you can find it…

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    1. Oh my. I totally forgot how good the music in Easy Rider was. Blues Brothers too. And even though there’s not a bunch of it, the music in Beverly Hills Cop.

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  8. Great Expectations.

    A lot of songs by people I don’t usually listen to, but the order of the songs is fantastic and really contributes to the group of songs as a whole.

    This one is my favorite, but I’ve always loved Chris Cornell….one of the few male singers that regularly has that emotional honesty in his singing.

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  9. My aunts and uncles in Florida went to the Tigers’ facility in Lakeland Wednesday, and I can report that they were told everyone there had shown up for spring training already. They were early — which is to say “on time.”
    (The family took the facilities tour since it was actually before official workouts began. They’re going back this week to watch practice…if my aunt Mary can keep Uncle Chuck out of the gift shop.)

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  10. Hardcore Henry is going to struggle drawing in people over 50 unless they’re bringing a kid with them.

    Favorite soundtracks:
    O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Gladiator
    Goodfellas
    Goldfinger
    King Kong (1933)
    South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
    The Sopranos

    Not including the Beatles or Prince or any random Jimi Hendrix documentaries.

    You could also include most of the old Disney classics and anything by Danny Elfman in here, too.

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  11. So, fun story involving a Ring Pop proposal. When my cousin’s now-husband was getting ready to propose to her, he was going to do it using a Ring Pop, and then give her the actual engagement ring after. They had gone somewhere significant to them, she kind of had an idea that the question was coming, and then it kind of got ruined because the Ring Pop had gotten crushed in the car.

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