The 90’s are my favorite time in music. So many landmark albums came out and shaped my musical taste and became the soundtrack to my life. Though it wasn’t just music, there were so many great films that came out then too. There was something truly remarkable about the combination of music and film during that time. One such combination that has always stuck in my head since I saw and heard it was the use of Placebo’s “Every You, Every Me” in the opening credits for the film Cruel Intentions. It fits so perfectly and sets the tone ever so dramatically.
Placebo- Every You Every Me:
One of my all time favorite movies is Seven. It’s a damn near perfect film. The performances are great, the story, the realism and of course the soundtrack. I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time and thinking to myself that “THIS” is one hell of a film and I can’t wait to watch it again and again. David Fincher really proved himself as a filmmaker with Seven and his career since than is damn near flawless. The opening credits sequence for the film features Nine Inch Nails’ classic “Closer.” Though it’s technically a remix done by the the experimental group Coil. Either way what a great choice of song to start off the film.
Nine Inch Nails- Closer (Coil Mix):
Zombieland was a really fun movie. I still watch it a lot when I want a good laugh with a side of violence. I’ll never forget seeing it in the theater and then the opening credits started rolling and Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” begins. What a great way to open the movie.
Zombieland Opening Credits:
A couple weeks ago while looking for something to watch, I noticed that Shoot Em Up with Clive Owen was just starting. So, of course I had to get comfortable and watch. It had been quite a while since I last saw this movie, and it’s still a fun action movie. Far fetched as all hell but, one hell of a good time.
While I was watching, I totally had to make a note to share one of the shoot out scenes that featured Nirvana’s “Breed.” This song fits perfectly in the scene. Check it out!
Nirvana- Breed in Shoot ‘Em Up:
I love me some Bill and Ted. I remember when Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey came out, I thought it was the coolest movie. The soundtrack was great, and Jim Martin’s cameo (from Faith No More), was awesome. William Sadler stole the movie for sure as his role of, Death. The ending song was perfect, Kiss with Steve Vai performing “God Gave Rock n Roll To You. I’m pretty stoked on Bill and Ted 3 actually happening. Keanu back as Ted… count me in!
Kiss with Steve Vai- God Gave Rock n Roll To You:
I’m a HUGE fan of The Doors. I get really excited when I hear them be it on the radio, TV, or movies. One of the best things about this topic is that, I get to show you how impactful certain songs are when used in the right way in a film. The Doors song “The End” is perfectly used in Apocalypse Now.
The Doors- The End in Apocalypse Now:
I’ve come to the conclusion that Aerosmith are part of what I call “Greatest Hits Bands.” Meaning that they’ve got some really great songs but, their albums as a whole just aren’t “that” good. Since I started this new feature, I’ve got a huge list of great times a song was used in a film and Aerosmith’s “Sweet Emotion” during the opening credits of the very awesome Dazed and Confused is perfect.
Aerosmith- Sweet Emotion in Dazed and Confused: