Some of my Favourite Musical Moments in Film
Now when I say ‘musical moments’ I must clarify I don’t mean actual musicals because generally and with some (small) exception I absolutely hate musicals. So this is a celebration of my favourite musical moments within normal movies – a mix up of scores and songs. ENJOY. And watch out for spoilers.
No.1 ‘Kaneda’s Death Pt 2’ /Adagio in D Minor – Sunshine (2007)
Adagio in D Minor is my favourite film score EVER. I really love it, like loads and loads. Kaneda’s Death Pt 2 is pretty much the standard Adagio in D Minor but with a few differences. When Kaneda dies, it’s an intense part of the film and the first time we hear Adagio in D Minor in its entirety. It truly made Sunshine an unforgettable experience for me.
“Tell me…..what do you see?”
No.2 Sean Pertwee singing ‘Fireball XL5’ – Love, Honour & Obey (2000)
Love, Honour & Obey is a fun little movie. A little known British effort, kind of a tongue-in-cheek gangster movie. And the soundtrack is especially awesome because each cast member sings a song. Ray Winstone, Jonny Lee Miller, Kathy Burke, Jude Law…. they all do karaoke at some point, but it’s Sean Pertwee singing Fireball XL5 that is undoubtedly my favourite.
No.3 Vince & Jules leave the coffee shop to ‘Surf Rider’ – Pulp Fiction (1994)
This has always been my favourite track from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack. I always thought it was such brilliant music to use at the end of the film. I know it’s not really the end and shock fucking horror Travolta’s dead! But it’s still perfect music when Vince and Jules walk out the coffee shop together. Cool as fuck.
No.4 ‘Blue Moon’ on a full moon – An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The song Blue Moon is used in this film not less than three times. Bobby Vinton sings one version and The Marcels sing the well known doo wop version. But the version (how many times can I say version? Is there another word for version?) I chose today is by Sam Cooke and plays during the famous transformation scene. And who do I love apart from John Landis and werewolves and stuff? Sam Cooke.
No.5 Frankenstein’s Monster – X-Men First Class (2011)
I really like Henry Jackson’s soundtrack for this film and it was Magneto’s theme that made me sit up and notice it in the first place. There’s not a scene in the entire movie that’s cooler than this one and apart from the wonderful Fassbender I think it’s got a lot to do with the music. Powerful stuff.
“Blut und Ehre“
No.6 A lap dance ‘Down in Mexico’ – Death Proof (2007)
Death Proof is one of my favourite Tarantino movies and its soundtrack is truly rocking! I’m cheating a tiny wee bit because I’m pretty sure this scene wasn’t included in the theatrical cut but oh well. The Coasters ‘Down in Mexico’ is so cool and Arlene’s dance is sexy as hell.
No.7 ‘Fuckin in the Bushes’ with Mickey – Snatch (2000)
Just LOVE this, always have, always will. Fuck yeah! The song (by Oasis) is brilliant and Brad Pitt looks fit as anything. It’s a great final fight and ending to the film.
No.8 Gingerbread Man ‘Holding Out for a Hero’ – Shrek 2 (2004)
I’ve always enjoyed this and I may even be guilty of watching it on YouTube from time to time. It’s an exciting scene for a kids movie and a lot of that has to do with the Fairy Godmother singing Holding Out for a Hero, which is perfect as Shrek and his motely crew fight their way through the town. Warning – may contain Mild Peril.
No.9 ‘Gimme Shelter’ in – The Departed (2006)
I think I love this song almost as much as Scorsese does. It’s such a cool fucking song and I always knew I’d choose The Departed for this slot over Goodfellas or Casino. Apart from the fact I’ve never seen Casino, that opening scene is a corker and I can hear Jack Nicholson saying “environment” in a Boston accent as I type this.
No. 10 ‘The Man with a Harmonica’ Showdown – Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Ahhhhh I love this. I love this, I love this! And I love my grandad who first showed it to me and opened up my eyes and ears considerably. One of my favourite ever showdowns, this scene between Harmonica and Frank is so great. Some people say the music is a little creepy which I guess is fair, but it’s perfect for avenging that’s for sure.
The Guest and The Little Mermaid both have great soundtracks and the only reason I didn’t include either of them was simply because I couldn’t decide on one defining musical moment.