Quentin Tarantino has a knack not just for making great films but, also knowing just what songs to use for the scenes. Going back to Reservoir Dogs, you could get a sense that Quentin knows just what he’s doing in this regard. Over the weekend I saw that his epic 2009 masterpiece Inglourious Basterds was on. It had been a minute since I sat and watched so, naturally, I felt compelled to do so. The use of David Bowie’s “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” in this film was absolutely outstanding. The song fit the mood and the way the scene was put together is a work of art. Enjoy this moment of Quentin’s greatness.
Old School is still one hell of a funny movie. I was watching it recently and made a note to include the scene with Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” as part of this topic. This scene is funny and shot very well, and the use of “Master of Puppets” is perfect.
Metallica- Master of Puppets (in Old School):
This scene and song selection is pure gold. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle is a perfect movie and throughout all the fun in the film, the music picked is on point as well. Kal Penn and John Cho’s Odd Couple meets Cheech and Chong persona’s in the three movies continuously make me laugh. I genuinely hope there is a fourth movie soon. Anyways, check out this wonderfully funny scene featuring the Heart classic “Crazy On You.”
Heart- Crazy On You in Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle:
The other evening while looking for something to watch, I noticed Can’t Hardly Wait was just starting. It had been quite a while since I last watched it so, I thought, why not. The scene involving Charlie Korsmo’s character and Guns N’ Roses’s song “Paradise City” is perfect. Enjoy this classic clip. And if you see Can’t Hardly Wait on TV or streaming, give it another watch, it’s still a fun movie.
Guns N Roses- Paradise City in Can’t Hardly Wait:
I really love when the music chosen for a scene in movie or tv show really fits. Even if it’s for just a brief moment, that scene and song will stick with you. Last night while looking for something silly to watch, Superbad caught my eye. While watching and the scene with the demolishing of the police car happens, I knew right then what I needed to write about tomorrow. Van Halen’s Panama will now forever be tied to Superbad for me. Anytime I hear that song, I always go back to this scene.
Van Halen- Panama in Superbad:
The opening credits sequence of the The Hangover has one of the best songs to accompany it. Having Danzig’s “Thirteen” in this place is haunting and it absolutely sets a tone for what is to happen in the film. Interestingly, Danzig originally wrote the song for Johnny Cash. Cash’s acoustic version appears in an edited form on his 1994 American Recordings debut, while a full length version is on the Johnny Cash box set. No matter what, “Thirteen” is a great song and it’s use was perfect.
Danzig- Thirteen in The Hangover:
Johnny Cash- Thirteen:
This is one of my favorite uses of a song in a movie. What Paul Rudd says to his family about the music he plays them is absolutely spot on. Music from bands like Alice In Chains, will undoubtedly live on in a way that music from our parents era has all these years later.
Alice In Chains- Rooster (in This Is 40):