Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Music month: 10 MORE favourite movie songs

Orbital: "Halcyon and On" from Mortal Kombat (1995)
Well done Lui Kang, you've defeat the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung and released countless trapped souls including your deceased brother's. Here's your reward - a kick ass chill out tune. Also features in the movie Hackers.

Red 7: "Heartbeat" from Manhunter (1986)
Michael Mann always walked a fine line between cheesy and awesome in the 80s and this tune definitely walked that line. Face it, it would never have featured in any of the other Lecter movies.

Aiden: "Cry Little Sister" from Lost Boys: The Tribe (2008)
I know I'm gonna get s**t for not putting the original version by Gerard McGann but honestly I felt these guys took it and made it even better. They made it a little rockier, a little more edgy and honestly it's probably the only good thing to come from the sequel.

Loreena McKennitt: "Bonny Portmore" from Highlander 3: The Sorcerer (1994)
Again, another case of rubbish-y movie, great song. Okay, it's little bit Enya-esque in places but at least it's a proper Scottish song. So good they used it at the end Highlander: Endgame as well.

Dan Hartman: "Fletch, Get Out of Town" from Fletch (1985)
Exuberant little song. Love how in the 80s you got more obscure bands on famous movie soundtracks. Nowadays it's all got to be full of bands like Muse and their songs don't even connect to the film they're featured in. This does. It's about Fletch... getting out of town.

The Flowerpot Men: "Beat City" from Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Took me sooo long to track this song down (in the early internet days) but it was worth the time. Great little catchy tune. Put it on in your car and take the day off (rope in your girlfriend and best friend too). You all deserve it!

Kavinsky and Lovefoxxx: "Nightcall" from Drive (2011)
Love the pounding bass line in this. Such a great fit with Refn's retro-styled movie. Alternating between upbeat and downbeat keys. One question though, what the hell is that wolf call at the start? Seriously?

Paul Engemann: "Push it to the Limit" from Scarface (1983)
Ultimate montage song. When I first saw Scarface I was kind of taken aback when this tune kicks in. "Really, you're going to have a cheesy montage in an otherwise sobering look at capitalist greed and 80s drug culture?"

Ty Stone: "Line of Blood" from The Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day (2008)
Let's face it The Boondock Saints movies are about a lot of macho posturing. "D**k swinging" I believe is the term. This song perfectly captured the tone of both films. A lot of angry lyrics and a helluva lot of f-bombs.

David Knopfler: "Mercenary Man" from Laser Mission (1990)
"He's a Mercenary Man! Mercenary Man. Mercenary Man. Mercenary Man." Bless you David Knopfler (brother of Dire Straits lead singer Mark) did you forget to write a proper chorus? Never mind, this 80s power ballad still kicks all kinds of ass.


  1. I've only seen the first Lost Boys but I've heard both versions of "Cry Little Sister" and like both. Like you I prefer the Aiden cover a bit more.

    That song from Fletch, like the rest of the soundtrack for that movie, scream 80s. It doesn't bother me but I can easily hear why people call it dated.

    I also liked Ferris Bueller's Day Off but the only song I really remember from it is Yello's "Oh Yeah" but the soundtrack fits the movie well.

    I love "Push it to the Limit" but actually haven't seen Scarface yet. I came across it thanks to the safety not guaranteed internet meme. They are making a movie about that but I don't think they will use this song unfortunately!

    Laser Mission was fun, I never knew Mark Knopfler's brother did that song!

  2. Hey Chris, yeah the first Lost Boys is pretty great. Avoid the 2nd one like the plague though. The 3rd one is kinda okay.

    Glad you enjoyed Laser Mission, it's one of my favourites. So bad but so good.

    Love to hear some of your favourite movie songs!