Earlier, with a Golden Discs voucher worth 25 gangsters (Euros) on offer, we asked YOU:
What is the finest use of a song in the fillums?
You answered in your dozens.
But there could be only one winner.
Dav secured the voucher by choosing a mind-altering meld of music and movie:
The finest use of a song in a film is Kenny Roger’s & the First Edition’s ‘Just Dropped In’, as seen in the Coen Bros indie classic The Big Lebowski (1998). The scene in which it features (a drug-induced Busby Berkeley interlude that has no baring on the plot whatsoever) perfectly epitomises the plot itself: ultimately meaningless, but dammit if it wasn’t a great ride while it lasted (and that’s a good thing!). The Dude abides, etc…
Daisy Chainsaw: “The finest use of a song in a movie was “Storybook Love” Mark Knopfler/Willy DeVille from the ever glorious The Princess Bride (1987).”
Kevin Finnerty:“The finest use of a song in a movie was the rendition of ‘Llorando’ by the singer at the Club Silencio in Mulholland Drive (2001) – the voice continues as the singer herself collapses on the stage.”
The-Bag: “For my money it’s the whole score for the documentary Dark Days (2000) by Unkle / Dj Shadow. Beautiful, haunting and ominous music that perfectly fit the stories and cinematography of the film. The stand out track is Lonely Soul, a strangely upbeat song in the context.”
Me: “For me its Johnny B Goode in Back to the Future (1985). It’s a great song in a great film. I saw it when I was about 8 or 9 and that scene just blew me away. A school friend gave me a cassette copy of the soundtrack he’d taped off his big brother’s copy. I used to listen to The Power of Love a bit but is was Johnny B Goode I came back to again and again, rewinding it and catching the fade out of Earth Angel and then the anticipation for that riff. The scene in the film is still great to watch, the faces on the kids when Marty is finished soloing and writhing, and the song so good it was sent to space to represent some of the best of earth culture!
Youkilledmyfatherpreparetodie:“The finest use a song in a movie was the original version of “Lux Aeterna” in Requiem For A Dream (2000), in a time before its subsequent abuse by X Factor and the like.In the context of the movie it was the perfect nerve-shredding compliment to everything going to crap. I’m still a bit traumatised.”
Liam: “The finest use a song in a movie was We’ll Meet Again in Dr Strangelove (1964) ‘ because it’s a wonderful juxtaposition of terror and disaster with total optimism and the human spir…MEIN FUHRER! I can walk.”
TheDude: “Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock used in the great party scene in Russ Meyers’ Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls (1970). So good Mike Myers lifted it into Austin Powers (1997)”
Earlier: The Golden Screen