John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: July 6

Ten movies that are mentioned in songs:

  1. Un chien andalou (The Pixies, "Debaser")
  2. The Breakfast Club (Bowling for Soup, "1985")
  3. Forbidden Planet (Rocky Horror Picture Show, "Science Fiction/Double Feature")
  4. Citizen Kane (Julie Brown, "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun")
  5. The Bridge on the River Kwai (Billy Joel, "We Didn't Start the Fire")
  6. Fargo (Blessid Union of Souls, "Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me For Me)")
  7. Clueless (Snoop Doggy Dogg feat. Pharrell, "Beautiful")
  8. Breakfast at Tiffany's (Deep Blue Something, "Breakfast at Tiffany's")
  9. Jaws (Queen, "Bicycle Race")
  10. Star Wars (Everclear, "Wonderful")

I've been working on this list, off and on, for about six months now. I had the idea back in January, when I learned that "Debaser" by The Pixies was based on the movie Un chien andalou and in fact mentioned the movie in the lyrics. So I started compiling a list of other songs that mentioned movies. What made it difficult was that it had to be a clear reference to the movie. So, for example, I couldn't use "Goldfinger" because even though the song contains the name of the movie for which it was written, it's a reference to the character, not the movie itself. (I spent some time debating whether the line "Like Harrison Ford I'm getting frantic" from BNL's "One Week" counted; ultimately, I decided it didn't, because it's more an allusion to the movie called Frantic than a mention of the movie itself. Movies that took their names from exisiting songs (like, say, Singin' in the Rain) also didn't count.

The songs are presented in the order in which I thought of them. For songs that mentioned more than one movie (like nos. 2, 3, 5, and 9) I used the first film mentioned. Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" mentions other movie titles before The Bridge on the River Kwai, but it's clear from the context that in those cases he's talking about the things from which the movies were adapted, not the movie itself. For example, he mentions South Pacific and Peyton Place, but since he lists everything in chronological order, it's obvious he's talking about the Broadway musical and novel respectively, not the movies. There are also other movie titles mentioned earlier than Forbidden Planet in "Science Fiction/Double Feature," but it was the first one that seemed to me to be an unambiguous reference to the movie itself rather than to, say, the event from which the movie took its name (e.g. "Michael Rennie was ill the day the Earth stood still") or the title character ("Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear").


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