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Notblueatall’s TFIF Music Countdown: The Movies!


I heard a song on the radio today that sent me straight to that happy place in my head where I’m in the scene of that movie when the song is playing and all of those emotions I had the first time I saw the film were instantly ingrained in my heart and soul!

So, I thought I’d do a quicki countdown of songs from movies that send me to that place:

“Perfect Day” Lou Reed, Trainspotting: When Mark Renton overdoses on heroin at Mother Superior’s and the rug beneath him sort of envelopes him and sinks into the floorboards…Great song, Fantastic film! My fave quote from the film: “It’s SHITE being Scottish! We’re the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever shat into civilization. Some hate the English. I don’t. They’re just wankers. We, on the other hand, are COLONIZED by wankers. Can’t even find a decent culture to be colonized BY. We’re ruled by effete assholes. It’s a SHITE state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and ALL the fresh air in the world won’t make any fucking difference!” (and yes, I can recite it on command!)

“My Sharona” The Knack, Reality Bites: While it’s not a pivitol scene or anything, something about that song in that movie and the little squooshy dance Janeane Garofalo does inside the gas station just makes me giddy! One of my fave quotes: “At the beep, please leave your name, number, and a brief justification for the ontological necessity of modern man’s existential dilemma, and we’ll get back to you.”

“Try a Little Tenderness” Otis Redding, Pretty In Pink: You know the scene! Who doesn’t?! When Duckie lip synchs and dances all over Iona’s music store…John Cryer at his finest! (And hottest!)  Fave quote: Annie Potts character Iona says, “I know I’m old enough to be his mother, but when the Duck laid that kiss on me last night, I swear my thighs just went up in flames! He must practice on melons or something.”

“You Never Can Tell” Chuck Berry, Pulp Fiction: You know the scene where Mia & Vincent enter the dance contest at Jack Rabbit Slims and they do their own (now iconic) versions of the twist. You know, the point in the movie before everything goes to shit! Ha! Fave quote: Quentin Tarantino’s character Jimmy: “I don’t need you to tell me how fucking good my coffee is, okay? I’m the one who buys it. I know how good it is. When Bonnie goes shopping she buys SHIT. I buy the gourmet expensive stuff because when I drink it I want to taste it. But you know what’s on my mind right now? It AIN’T the coffee in my kitchen, it’s the dead nigger in my garage.”

“Hold Tight” Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mich & Tich, Death Proof: The girls are in the car, Lanna (pot dealer/friend) is driving and “Jungle Julia” requests this song at the radio station where she works. It comes on while she’s explaining “For your information, Pete Townshend, at one point, almost quit The Who. And if he had, he would have ended up in this group, thus making it Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, Tich and Pete. And if you ask me, he should have.” But then, you know, that crazy Stuntman Mike has to go and kill them and all! Quote: Stuntman Mike, “Because it was a fifty fifty shot on wheter you’d be going left or right. You see we’re both going left. You could have just as easily been going left, too. And if that was the case… It would have been a while before you started getting scared. But since you’re going the other way, I’m afraid you’re gonna have to start getting scared… immediately!”

I had more, but I have to admit that my brain was boggled by some of the ones I wanted to include. What are your “transporter” songs? (songs that transport you to a movie scene”

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