The Doors might be terrible but the band still makes an appearance here
Canadian DJ Kid Koala, fresh off an assignment composing tracks for Edgar Wright's film “Baby Driver,” visits Ace of Cups for a concert on Tuesday, Aug. 15 (read our feature on page 22). With that in mind, we thought we'd take a look at some of our favorite musical moments in film. (Note: We did not include any scenes from traditional movie musicals.)
Wayne, Garth and Co. sing Queen's “Bohemian Rhapsody”
“Wayne's World,” unlike virtually every other film starring “Saturday Night Live” alums Mike Myers and/or Dana Carvey (see: every “Austin Powers,” “The Love Guru,” “The Master of Disguise,” or better yet don't), has aged remarkably well. And this much-replicated scene — raise your hand if you ever recreated it in your own car with friends — remains a standout.
The “Sister Christian” scene in “Boogie Nights”
In one of the tensest scenes in recent movie history, the presence of drugs, firearms and the steady, jarring pop of firecrackers elevated a cheeseball Night Ranger tune into something damn-near epic. (“Boogie Nights” bonus nod: Dirk Diggler sings “You Got the Touch.”)
Lloyd Dobler lifts his boombox to the sky in “Say Anything”
*cues “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel*
The “Office Space” printer beatdown
OK, so the sight of corporate white guys doing anything against a gangsta-rap backdrop is a trend that has officially run its course (see also: white bands turning out pop-radio versions of said tunes), but it's still enjoyable watching Peter, Samir and Michael take revenge on a janky piece of office equipment to the tune of the Geto Boys classic “Still.”
Patrick Bateman opines on Huey Lewis & the News in “American Psycho”
This is included more for Bateman's speech leading up to hitting play on Lewis & company's “Hip to Be Square.” “When Sports came out in '83 I think they really came into their own, commercially and artistically.”
The “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song)” dinner-party scene from “Beetlejuice”
The cocktail-shrimp hands legit terrified me when I was a kid.
The Doors' “The End” takes hold in “Apocalypse Now”
My hatred for the Doors lags only slightly behind my distaste for the Eagles (though, to be fair, it's more a dislike of Jim Morrison; Ray Manzarek is pretty badass). Regardless, this pairing of song and scene manages to elevate both.
Mr. White shows off his blade skills to Stealers Wheel in “Reservoir Dogs”
Quentin Tarantino films are full of memorable musical moments, but my favorite remains Michael Madsen carving up his captive to the chipper strains of “Stuck in the Middle With You.”
Richie Tenenbaum attempts suicide to the sounds of Elliott Smith's “Needle in the Hay”
Like Tarantino, Wes Anderson tends to fill his movies with memorable musical cues (another favorite: Max Fischer taking his revenge to the Who's “A Quick One, While He's Away” in “Rushmore”), but this moment from “The Royal Tenenbaums” is particularly haunting considering the circumstances of Smith's death.
The Shins change Natalie Portman's life in “Garden State”
Just kidding. This scene and movie are both awful.