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Happy New Year to everyone!
Strutting along like you own the place, walking tall like nothing can touch you while a great song is playing… here’s a short selection of my favorite cool walk scenes:
1. Saturday Night Fever – Staying Alive, Bee Gees (1977)
The mother of all cool walks… Tony Manero shows who’s boss to the undying notes of Staying Alive!
2. Kill Bill Vol.1 – Battle Without Honor or Humanity, Tomoyasu Hotei (2000)
O-ren Ishii is a force to recon with and she definitely owns the place, another music pearl from Tarantino!
3. Jackie Brown – Across 110th Street, Bobby Womack (1972)
Tarantino again… clearly inspired by The Graduate, he uses the charisma of Pam Grier and the soulful voice of Bobby Womack.
4. Blow – Black Betty, Ram Jam (1977)
When you think you can walk on water, Black Betty is a pretty good soundtrack.
5. The Breakfast Club, Don’t You Forget About Me, Simple Minds (1985)
Raise your fist to the sky as both victory and defiance…
Honorable mention to Guardians of the Galaxy – Cherry Bomb, The Runaways (1976)
I like this tongue in cheek homage to the heros’ preparation and badass walk on their way to save the world.
I asked myself: self, what’s the best way to start a new series about great music and films? Well, to begin at the beginning… with amazing combinations of songs and opening credits. This is not meant to be a top ten, just ten of my favorite opening credits (the ones I manage to find on youtube, alas From Dusk Till Dawn title scene with the great sound of Dark Night is not there!). Some films use songs that were already famous, others made the song known to a bigger audience and, in a few cases, the combination is iconic, so much that it has been quoted, spoofed and imitated in later films, TV-shows and commercials.
1. Reservoir Dogs – Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection (1970)
After an opening scene that introduces the main characters and Tarantino’s trademark penchant for verbal incontinence and silly topics, we get this:
2. The Big Chill – Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye (1968)
Main characters introduction while the stirring voice of Marvin Gaye sets the mood:
3. Easy Rider – BornTo Be wild, Steppenwolf (1968)
Ultimate badasses… no more comments needed:
4. RocknRolla – I’m a Man, Black Strobe (2007)
Modern badass with the plus of Mark Strong’s heavily accented voice-over:
5. The Departed – I’m Shipping Up To Boston, Dropkicks Murphys (2005)
Celtic punk and American-Irish underworld… match made in heaven:
6. Watchmen – The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan (1964)
Visually stunning and an amazing prologue:
7. Shrek – All Star, Smash Mouth (1999)
Irreverent and energising:
8. Guardians of the Galaxy – Come and Get Your Love, Redbone (1974)
Lip-synching using an alien-rat as microphone… this will be remembered for a while:
9. Dirty Dancing – Be My Baby, The Ronettes (1963)
Just tidbits of what’s to come: music and dancing!
10. Juno – All I Want Is You, Barry Louis Polisar (1977)
Half fairy tale style, half everyday life, it sets the pace well: