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Forget the lockdown, it’s the weekend!

With spring in full bloom, I’ve a Covid-busting Golden Discs voucher worth a delightful €25 to give away.

Simply tell me below your favourite use of a song in a film or TV series.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my stunt double.

Lines MUST close at 6am Saturday!

Please include video link if possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

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128 thoughts on “Win Nick’s Voucher

  1. Mr. P

    The Flower Duet from Lakmé by Léo Delibes in the film “True Romance”
    Christopher Walken & Dennis Hopper.
    The contrast between the music, the scene and the complete surrender of Hopper’s character is both spine chilling and beautiful.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3yon2GyoiM
    (Song starts at 06:00 but the lead in is fantastic)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Great scene, and I agree with you on the music. I would disagree on the word ‘surrender’ on its own though, rather ‘surrender to the inevitable’. But he did not give in.

      It also explains where Clarence got his own manner

      I think that was James Gandolfino’s first film, too. And one of Brad Pitt’s early ones

  2. Specific Gravity

    Talk about an impossible question to answer in the singular!

    One that deserves much much praise is Out of Sand from the most recent Twin Peaks.

    Perfect television, and the pairing of music throughout was impeccable. Despite not being a fan of his beforehand, Eddie Vedder is excellent here.

    And as a bonus, Sherilyn Fenn!

    https://youtu.be/WJHM4w_TD28

  3. Liam

    Not particularly uplifting but a brilliant combination of music and image

    Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” soundtracking Renton’s overdose in Trainspotting.

    On the plus side it brought this amazing song back into the public consciousness, on the negative side, this led to the atrocious BBC all-star cover a few years later.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IDJpB9de3E

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Oh I was hoping no one would pick this. Please do not get me wrong, it is a fantastic song, and I have always loved it, but recent events have traumatised me!

      My sister has arranged one of those currently popular mashups where different people sing different lines, and this was what she chose. I should note I come from a very large and extremely musically talented family but sadly the ability to produce pleasing sounds skipped me.

      I tried everything to get out of it, but to no avail! So we each had to sing the song. I cannot sing, and anyway, this is a quite difficult song to do justice to. Let us just say, I did not do justice to it!. And we had to sing the whole song, so she could choose which line to give us.

      It also had to be a video, which I have actually never done in selfie mode either on my phone or iPad. So cue all the fun of trying to figure that out. And also what in the background of my mess I could have that would not show my mess.

      Then she wanted us to use the BBC version, playing it in headphones so we are all synced up and, in her words, in the same key. I do not know about you, but there are a few key changes between those singers, which is part of what makes that version so good. And having good singers in one ear and me in the other really did not help.

      Then I find iPads do not allow you to upload to Google Drive from the gallery, so cue a lot more jiggery pokery to get it uploaded. Phew! Finally done. But no! No! Sis has a look and calls me (thankfully using an actual voice system I understand) and tells me it is no good. I have to do it again. Oh God! Can this day get any worse?

      In the end I Milli Vanillied it, and sent it direct to my bro who will be doing the editing. He, at least understands.

      So, in short, it will take a while for me to be able to listen to this song and not die a little inside!

        1. Slightly Bemused

          I will certainly keep you informed, but I am not sure how public I can make it.

          What makes my woes worse is there has been a sharing of various cousins’ practice runs that they are not happy with but are funny. And all vastly better than mine :-(

          One in particular has my cousin singing it, and nailing it, until suddenly there is a clatter of kids voices in the background, and her husband casually calls “Dinners ready” The look on her face was priceless :-)

  4. Rosette of Sirius

    Where to start with this one!

    I’m gonna go with Sundown by Gordon Lightfoot and its use in a particular scene from the show The Blacklist. It’s a TV show that I love basket case yet addictive plot, James Spader as the brilliantly dastardly Red Reddington and also for its use of fantastic music – especially in the more dramatic scenes.

    This scene here was quite excellent made all the better with this song.

    https://youtu.be/BJL-vjEwm3Y

    And here’s the song by itself for you to enjoy…

    https://youtu.be/K7NMvpZ3PM0

  5. eamonn

    If it wasn’t too late for a crunchy corn based breakfast cereal, I would be spitting out same, thinking of my lovely horse (a pony no more) – Mr Hannon a unique talent without doubt.

    What is not to love about the Ronettes, What indeed. that got me smiling too thanks

    Here’s one with an added twist, courtesy of skewiff, their take on the soggy bottom boys
    Man of Constant Sorrow, from Brother where art thou. makes me want to crank it up and shakedown in an isolation kind of way, of course.
    https://youtu.be/UyKZJRb76dU

    1. Slightly Bemused

      That still gives me shivers! Not just the song, but I remember the series quite vividly and it had a huge impact on me. Great choice!

  6. Janet, I ate my avatar

    Into the wild is the movie, theme song,
    Eddie Vedder, song End of the road, the isolation sought in this movie, the desire to escape society well it’s pretty appropriate in my mind for these times, plus you know it’s Eddie

    https://youtu.be/hqaeeQkE2dE

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Ok, watched the film, and all I can say is wow! A bravura performance by Bill Murray, and I did not realise how young Scarlett Johansson was when this was made. Thank you for the inspiration.

  7. Gay Fawkes

    For me, Sufjan Stevens’ Visions of Gideon in the final scene of Call Me By Your Name. Heartbreaking but beautiful.

    A close second would be the Brad The Bartender scene in Magnolia featuring Supertramp’s Goodbye Stranger.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Yes, Gerry Anderson. They did a lot of that type of thing, including Captain Scarlet. Essential viewing on a Saturday morning growing up :-)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      Great song, but I never watched the series. After my James Gandolfino comment earlier, I think this is a sign I must, and what better time than lock-in… I mean lock-down!

      1. millie in quarantine

        Highly recommend the Sopranos. I honestly didn’t think I’d like it the first time around but it’s absolutely brilliant.

  8. Clampers Outside

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EIhwc6uX_uM

    The best use of music in a scene for me has to be the John Wick bath house / nightclub scene.

    Building with the slower first track ‘Think’ by Kaleida, John Wick makes his way stealthily to his target, quietly knocking off bad guys.
    Then lifting the pace and volume a little on the track music and vocal while on screen JW resorts to guns as he shoots his way through the bath house, the tension pulled hard.
    And then as if sprung from the tension just as his target enters the nightclub the track changes pace to La Castle Vania’s ‘Shots Fired’.
    The adrenalin rush that follows, for me anyway, matches the musics’ beat beautifully with the most magnificently choreographed ‘gun opera’ (to borrow a John Woo associated phrase) that seems to go heart pounding on and on until it suddenly ends… with a massive thud!

    It leaves you breathless and wanting more… :0)

    A fantastic cinematic scene put to music, no doubt.

    Song 1: Kaleida – Think
    Song 2: Le Castle Vania – Shots Fired
    Movie – John Wick (2014)

    1. Slightly Bemused

      It is a great use of music to heighten the impact of the scene. Excellent choice!

    1. Slightly Bemused

      A great scene with a chilling dance!

      I saw an interview with Michael Madsen where he was told by Tarantino to ‘dance maniacally’ around for the scene. But he did not understand maniacally fully, so he did that dance, and Tarantino loved it as it was so much more chilling.

  9. ouch

    The intro to Apocalypse Now with the Doors, The End playing over Vietnam chaos and Martin Sheen losing the plot in a Hanoi bedroom..never was a big fan of the Doors but this was a perfection..would also commend the use of Blue Velvet in Blue Velvet….

  10. Paulus

    I’ll bend rules and suggest entire Long Riders album by Ry Cooder for the film of the same name.

  11. Joe cool

    I’m torn between 2. Gabriel’s oboe from the mission. A beautiful tearjerker. But I have to go with Adagio for strings in Platoon when Sgt Eliss is killed

      1. Slightly Bemused

        And separately to this, can I offer this, the wonderful Melissa Venema and Il Silencio. This version when she was 13 with Andre Rieu. One reason I like this is the absolute respect given her by the Maestro.

        This is apparently the source from which the American Taps and The Last Post are derived. I would love to have this played at my own funeral (happy with a cd, I am not that dramatic).

        Sorry for the poor video, but the audio is quite ok:
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrfhu56t8lg

  12. Niall

    The use of Zorba The Greek in this scene from Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrells always makes me smile.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      I don’t really know much about Steve Vai but I remember reading his guitar on PIL – Rise was a first take, if it’s true, it’s fantastic.

    2. Slightly Bemused

      It was mimed for the film, but Steve Vai played both sides of that in reality for the sound. Incredible guitarist.

  13. f_lawless

    The scene in Excalibur where Arthur drinks from the Holy Grail and then rides into battle with renewed vitality and spirit to the tune of O Fortuna from Carmina Burana. Brings back memories of the time I worked in Germany one summer in the mid-90s as one of the site crew in a production of Carmina Burana. Was an unforgettable live music experience.

  14. f_lawless

    Dirty Dancing – “The Contours -Do you Love Me/ Otis Redding – Love Man” dance scene
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijK0WTB_-RY

    Memories of being taught how to “bailar pegados” by my Ecuadorian girlfriend. Hopping about from foot to foot is no good – gotta loosen up those hips, she would tell me

  15. scottser

    We are forgetting the commitments.
    Destination anywhere on the dart anyone? Or micka ‘don’t f. with me wallace’ during chain of fools?
    Have yis any cod? No missis, we’ve only got sole..

  16. GiggidyGoo

    Fellow, sole survivor from a shipwreck, got washed up on a beach of an island. He lay there for 3 days unable to move as his leg was broken. All day, and all night there was a loud . On the 3rd evening he looked up to see a native looking at him.
    “Those drums are driving me nuts” says he. “Bum d da bum, bum de day bum, 24 hours non stop. Will they ever shut up?”
    The native says…. “You don’t want that to happen.
    “Why not” he asks
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    “Bass solo”

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