Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Soundtracks: This post began its life as a comment upon Viking Pundit's review of the AFI "100 Songs" show last night, purporting to list the best songs of the movies. Here's the list. Eric writes:
Well, I called "Over the Rainbow" as #1 before the show started. And I picked the top three about half-way through. But no "Trouble" or "Til there was you" from "The Music Man"? That's a travesty, with a capital "T"!
No kidding. How could they stiff the second best musical ever (after Singing in the Rain)? Certainly, too, something from My Fair Lady might squeak into the top 100 -- maybe in place of Christopher Cross execrable "Arthur's Theme"? "On the Street Where You Live," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and the the dynamite "The Rain in Spain" all belong above anything from Chicago.

Moreover, how about "Can't Buy Me Love" from A Hard Day's Night? How about "Viva Las Vegas" from the similarly titled Viva Las Vegas? How about, as a favor to this fool for Dusty Springfield, "Son of a Preacher Man" from Pulp Fiction? "Rock Around the Clock," from Blackboard Jungle, caused freaking riots.

I suppose lyrics are required for these "songs," but what about the "Pineapple Rag" from The Sting? I'd call that a song. How about "A Man of Constant Sorrow" and "O Death," from O Brother, Where Art Thou?

More: I can't really stand 90% of Tom Cruise's ouevre, but his idiotic cue dance to "Werewolves of London" in The Color of Money really nails his character's flaws quite nicely. When the gruff, seen-it-all Paul Newman walks in and rolls his eyes upon seeing Cruise showing off -- priceless shot.


Razor said...

Glad to see "Moon River" up in the top 5 - actually no. 4. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I actually think the theme (sans words) is more touching than the saccharine crooning talking about "my huckleberry friend".

Clearly the "O Brother" soundtrack got imbedded into this country's psyche; certainly moreso than friggin' "Don't Rain on my Parade" (46). And who created this list anyway? Barbara's publicist? God, can you imagine the fierce debates in the gay coffe houses around the country?

"Fight the Power" (40), while a great song, is just a token. I never associate the song with the movie (and what I do must be reflected in lists). "Theme from Shaft" (38), well only one thing to say: "Ya damn right!"

"Stormy Weather" (30) is just a sublime song, when sung properly. Also big props to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" (12). Classic.

But... "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" (82)? I dunno, not really a very creative song. "Do Re Mi" (88) is far more imaginative and singable, and is particularly iconic to that movie.

Well, the debate will rage on I'm sure.

Eric said...

Just for the record: "I could have danced all night" from My Fair Lady was on the list. Pretty high, if I remember correctly.

enobarbus said...

Whoops. Good catch, Eric.

Still, expressed analogically, "The Rain in Spain" is to "I Could Have Danced All Night as "If I Only Had a Brain" (another horrifying omission, considering the inclusion of "The Witch is Dead") is to "Over the Rainbow."

I'm still stunned by this list.