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To a large extent, blockbuster movie soundtracks are all the same. There's probably some Kanye, a few dubstep tracks to keep things upbeat, maybe a classic rock song or two, and then some kind of instrumental score meant to add some tension or sentiment at the appropriate moments. And it makes sense — you're not paying for perfectly-scored moments of emotion, you're paying to watch people punch each other and blow things up. So when a blockbuster film manages to match the perfect song to the perfect scene, something special happens. Suddenly, it's not just about the effects. It's about the experience. And even though we've yet to see Guardians of the Galaxy, we can tell that it's going to be that kind of film, thanks to the cheesy classic rock featured in the trailer and the presence of the founding member of Mouserat. In honor of its August 1 release, we've rounded up some of the most iconic blockbuster movie moments in cinema history. After all, what's the point in saving the world if Kenny Loggins isn't singing about it?
“Trouble Man” by Marvin Gaye, Captain America: The Winter Soldier At the start of the film, Sam Wilson makes a tentative attempt at friendship with ol' Steve Rogers by recommending he check out Marvin Gaye’s classic 1972 album; at the end of the film, Steve wakes up in a hospital bed with Sam by his side and the title track playing over the speakers. Because even if you’re unconscious, Sam Wilson is going to ensure that your musical education is complete.
"Non Je ne Rigrette Rien” by Edith Piaf, Inception Primarily used as a way to signal to the people in-dream that the kick is coming, “Non Je ne Rigreete Rien” also warned of a much more dangerous shock headed towards the team: Mal. Sure, it’s a bit on the nose for the recurring dream-ghost of Leonardo DiCaprio’s dead French ex-wife, but finding the perfect movie music moment isn’t necessarily about being clever – it’s about creating a mood. And besides, Christopher Nolan’s not the subtle type.
“Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor, Rocky III It doesn’t matter that Rocky didn’t start training to the sweet, sweet sounds of ‘80s rock until the third installment of the franchise. When you think Rocky, “Eye of the Tiger” automatically starts playing in your head. It might not have been the original music moment of the series, but it’s the most enduring; even the Broadway production couldn’t resist working it into the score. You should hear it in five-part harmony.
“Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins, Top Gun The love scene scored to Berlin might be a bit more iconic, thanks to its awesomely cheesy use of backlighting, but the best musical moment in Top Gun is, without a doubt, the montage of fighter pilots taking off, scored to what is perhaps Kenny Loggins’ most ridiculous hit of all. Did Berlin give us one of the best running jokes of all time? No. No they did not.
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“Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen, Shaun of the Dead Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy is filled with hilarious gags and perfectly-timed music cues but none are more elaborate, ridiculous or more pitch-perfect than the gang’s choreographed attacks on the zombies in the bar, using an assortment of pool cues, a fire extinguisher and a last-minute rifle. The fact that everyone in the film acknowledges the insanity of the situation – and even dance along! – makes it unforgettable.
“Where Is My Mind” by Pixies, Fight Club Fight Club is a weird, twisted psychological thriller that leaves you questioning what was real and what was hallucinated. Therefore, the only appropriate song to end it with is one that asks the core question of the film: “Where Is My Mind?” Just melancholy enough to fit the tone, and just obvious enough to help even the slowest members of the audience make the connection.
“Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry, Back to the Future When you’re tasked with reviving the party at your parents prom, you could go the safe route and play something everyone would be familiar with, or you could invent rock and roll by busting out some Chuck Berry… before he’s even heard it. And then you can make everything awkward by extending a guitar solo for far too long and freaking everyone out, but hey, Marty McFly was ahead of his time. It’s not his fault they didn’t get it.
“You’re the Best” by Joe Esposito, The Karate Kid In the ‘80s, wimpy kids everywhere were inspired to stand up for themselves and find their inner Karate Kid thanks to Mr. Miyagi. But his “wax on, wax off” philosophy would be nothing without the encouraging synth-pop of Joe Esposito telling them that nothing could ever bring them down. How else were they supposed to get pumped up for the biggest karate competition of their life? Or you know, the playground. Both are intimidating.
“Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf, Easy Rider Since its release in 1968, “Born to Be Wild” has been the second favorite song of music supervisors looking to indicate someone as a “bad boy” without actually forcing the other characters to say it. (The first, of course, is “Bad to the Bone.”) It might be cliché now, but it all dates back to 1969, when Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda set off on a road trip and ensuring that any time someone bought a motorcycle, a Steppenwolf reference would be made.
"I guess you wouldn't want to get into a fight with Phil Spector, he'd have a gun in every pocket and he'd be itching to use them." Pixies rocker Black Francis would be wary of tussling with the notorious music producer, who is serving 19 years-to-life in prison for shooting actress Lana Clarkson in 2003.
Scottish rockers Twin Atlantic were so desperate to achieve their dream of performing at Britain's iconic Glastonbury Festival that they ditched their holiday plans to play a last-minute set. The band was drafted in as an emergency replacement when Canadian DJ duo Chromeo pulled out of a planned appearance at the event last weekend (27-29Jun14).
Twin Atlantic took Chromeo's place on the John Peel Stage as support for main headliners MGMT on Saturday (28Jun14), and they have now revealed they took a drastic step to fulfil their Glastonbury dream.
Singer Sam McTrusty tells Scotland's Daily Record newspaper, "(Bassist) Ross (McNae) had arranged to go to a couple of Hebridean islands with his wife and get some time away.
"(Drummer) Craig (Kneale) had this whole big trip planned to go to Oslo to see Pearl Jam play with a couple of friends and a girlfriend. He has a Pearl Jam tattoo and is in the fan club so it is a big deal that he dropped that and we got to go and play Glastonbury."
However, the band's performance was bittersweet for McTrusty as he missed out on seeing some of his favourite acts at the event.
He adds, "The only negative was that we were on at the same time as the Pixies, who are one of our favourite bands, and we clashed with 30 minutes of Metallica and Jack White."
Rockers Arcade Fire brought the curtain down on the opening day of the 2014 Glastonbury festival with a spectacular ticker tape parade and fireworks display as frontman Win Butler declared the gig the "highlight" of the band's career. The Canadian rockers took to the main stage of the event in England on Friday night (27Jun14) after a day in which a huge thunderstorm caused an hour-long power outage and several acts, including singer Lily Allen, had to shorten their planned sets.
The headliners performed for almost two hours, opening their show with a fireworks display and treating the crowd to a ticker tape carnival during their encore of Here Comes the Night Time.
Before closing their set with Wake Up, Butler told the crowd the band had experienced "amazing things" in its career, adding, "This has got to be the highlight."
Speaking after their performance, he says, "I feel like we went back to medieval England and surveyed and saw all of humanity at the same time... We've never been in front of a crowd like that... Yeah, it's definitely a powerful experience."
Saturday (28Jun14) is set to feature performances by rockers Robert Plant, Pixies, and Jack White, and singer Lana Del Rey before a headline set from Metallica.
Not only was Pitch Perfect epically funny it also had an amazing soundtrack. It was the perfect blend of nostalgic pop hits, current Top 40s, and innovative musical mash-ups. But can the upcoming sequel, with Elizabeth Banks now serving as director, top the 2012 movie?
They have all the tools: Anna Kendrick proved she was a viable recording artist after “Cups” went from a cute song to a viral hit. Fans may not realize that Ester Dean, who plays Cynthia Rose, is behind some of the most memorable pop hits. She produced the infectious Selena Gomez hit “Come & Get It” and the David Guetta/Nicki Minaj collaboration “Turn Me On.” We may not know any of the songs that will be in the movie but here are a few songs we’re dying to hear get an aca-adjustment.
The Audition Song
In the first film, all the freshman had to perform Kelly Clarkson’s “Since You’ve Been Gone.” Rebel Wilson kills it and Skylar Astin belts out a high note. For the sequel, we think Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” is the perfect song. The Bellas could very well choose the song since they sang “Party in the USA” in the last film. Plus, the song is catchy, and by now, who doesn’t know the lyrics?
The riff-off was one of the best moments of the movie. All the competing a capella groups meet up in an empty pool to sing fully arranged a capella songs with no prior rehearsal. However, through Hollywood magic they end up being fully in-synch. In the first film, songs like “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, “S&M” by Rihanna (written by Dean), and “No Diggity” by Blackstreet made the cut. This is a great opportunity for “Come & Get It” to make an appearance since the producers have an in with Dean. Also, “Somebody that I Used to Know” got some amazing a capella treatment by Pentatronix. There’s also a chance for Kendrick to rap and perhaps sing Iggy Azaelea’s “Fancy” or dare we say it, Kreayshawn’s viral video hit “Gucci, Gucci.”
The Barden Bellas
Now that Becca (Kendrick) has revealed her magical DJ powers and ability to write mash-ups, it stands to reason the ladies will be singing one or two of them, adhering to songs by female artists. “Let It Go” is inescapable. Here’s an awesome mashup by DJ Axcess that mixes it with Madonna’s “Frozen.” To add a little more pep to the somber hit why not add Britney Spears’ “Hot as Ice”? Another great mash-up (see below) features “Drop Dead Beautiful” by Spears and written by Dean. It also speeds up Kerry Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock.” However, they should replace the Chris Brown sample for obvous reasons with TLC’s “Unpretty.”
In the first film, Astin, Adam DeVine, and Ben Platt sang amazing pop songs as part of the all-male group on campus. The sequel should do a gender-swap of Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.” There were a ton of viral videos of men singing the song. An all chorally-arranged version of The Pixies classic “Where Is My Mind” would be an awesome moment in the movie. Plus, it’s been a great time for guys in music with “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons or anything by Sam Smith who killed it at Coachella. Or what about this Bastille slowjam cover of “No Scrubs” by TLC.
What songs do you want to see in the sequel?
Rocker Kim Deal held a "last supper" for her Pixies bandmates before quitting the group, according to guitarist Joey Santiago. The bassist stunned her bandmates and fans when she announced last year (13) that she had left the Here Comes Your Man hitmakers after 27 years.
Frontman Black Francis later revealed that Deal had told them of her decision to quit during a meeting at a cafe, and Santiago has now recalled how she treated the band to an Indian feast the night before.
He tells Mojo magazine, "It was very much a surprise. I'm just sorry I never gave her a proper goodbye. But we all went out for an Indian meal the night before, and she had the waiter take pictures of us all. And she paid for the meal, and that never happens. It was the last supper."
"I'm an overweight man and that inhibits a lot... I've tried to put on shades and be cool or whatever, but it always feels like too much of an affectation. It's easier for me to go, 'Look I am who I am, f**k it'. I maybe felt more comfortable in my skin when I was younger. Fat people, you know, they put on weight because it's a barrier, it's a way to keep life away." Pixies rocker Black Francis has no hang-ups about his size.
Pixies rocker Black Francis had a bizarre reaction to bassist Kim Deal's shock resignation last year (13) - he shaved off his pubic hair. Fans of the Velouria hitmakers were stunned when it was announced Deal had walked out on the band after 27 years and it later emerged she had told her shocked bandmates during a meeting in a cafe.
Now Francis, also known as Frank Black, has revealed the news came as such a surprise he decided to shave his body hair to signify his need to move on.
He tells Mojo magazine, "(It was) to mark a new start... I think I may even have used some of the hair in a painting I was working on at the time... I'd done this kind of nude. The hair was an outline on the painting."
Francis also recalled it was not the first time Pixies had come close to losing Deal, as he had planned to fire her in the 1990s.
He adds, "I tried to kick Kim out of the band a couple of times, in the early '90s. I managed to find some reason. A meeting was called in our lawyer's office (but) the lawyer, along with the group, petitioned me to keep the boat afloat.
"Whatever my reason was at the time, I'm not saying I would consider it valid now. She hadn't showed up for a gig or something, or she was late and we had to go and find her, passed out somewhere. Nowadays I look back and think, 'Rock 'n' roll, what the hell'. I was in my twenties, smoking a lot of pot, a bit cranky."
Hip-hop veteran Master P is preparing to stage a surprise performance at California's Coachella music festival this weekend (11-13Apr14). The Make 'Em Say Uhh! hitmaker's son, rapper/actor Romeo, let slip the news to a TMZ.com cameraman on Thursday (10Apr14), revealing they will be joining forces with artists from his dad's No Limit Records label for a previously unannounced appearance.
He said, "We gon' be out there (at Coachella), have a surprise performance... We not suppose to say nothing (sic)... but we may have a little something... It's a No Limit... '90s surprise."
Editors at Complex.com have since confirmed with Master P's representatives that the performance will take place on Sunday (13Apr14).
Headliners for the three-day festival, which takes place over two weekends, include newly-reunited rap duo Outkast, English rockers Muse, and Canadian band Arcade Fire.
Master P and his crew aren't the only last-minute additions to the Coachella line-up - cult rockers the Pixies and The Strokes star Julian Casablancas are set to take to the stage on Saturday (12Apr14).
Cult rockers the Pixies and The Strokes star Julian Casablancas have been added to the line-up of the Coachella Music Festival, which kicks off on Friday (11Apr14). The annual two-weekend event attracts the biggest names in music to the desert of California, and just days before the 2014 festival begins, organisers have added the Pixies and Casablancas to the list.
The Pixies' upcoming gig at Coachella marks the 10 year anniversary of when the Velouria hitmakers delighted fans with their on-stage reunion in 2004.
Last month (Mar14), the band announced they are planning to release their first full-length studio album in 23 years in late April (14).
Casablancas is no stranger to the festival either - The Strokes played at Coachella in 2011.
While the Pixies and Casablancas are set to take to the stage on Saturday (12Apr14), newly reunited rap duo Outkast, English rockers Muse, and Canadian band Arcade Fire are all set to headline the festival, which runs 11-13 April (14) and 18-20 April (14).