Thursday, 16 January 2014

5 of the Greatest Rock n Roll Movie Moments

Since there has been sound in movies there has been music, some of the most iconic scenes in movie history would not be the same without the perfect soundtrack for that moment. 

Over the year Rock has played a big part in some of the biggest and best movies of all time. There are many classic Rock moments, but we've focused on some of the funniest and most iconic. 

1. Queen, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' in 'Wayne's World' (1992)

A simple scene that shows the power of music to effect those who love it. A standard Saturday night for these suburban losers cruising the desolate streets of Illinois. Then once they hit play on the "Bohemian Rhapsody" cassette they are transformed into a choir of rock gods and to they suddenly become some of the coolest guys on earth. This scene shows perfectly you how music functions in the day-to-day lives of those of us who truly love it and there are few funnier examples of how to incorporate music into a film.

2. Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Lookin' Out My Back Door' in 'The Big Lebowski' (1999)

One of the ultimate air guitar scenes in cinema history, the dude finally gets his car back and his music. Much celebratory smoking, drinking and drumming ensues. This Creedance backed scene is not only brilliantly funny, but shows how music can be so much fun and the best release.

3. Chuck Berry, 'You Never Can Tell' in 'Pulp Fiction' (1994)

Quentin Tarantino uses music masterfully throughout his films, managing to perfectly match events with appropriate yet often unexpected music. There are so many different examples we could use throughout his back catalogue, such as the Reservoir Dogs "Stuck In the Middle With You" torture scene. One of the most memorable is this Chuck Berry sound tracked scene in Pulp Fiction, where John Travolta and Uma Thurman do the twist and dance around their sexual attraction. A hit man lured into doing the twist is not only funny, but you know its destined for a bloody result. 

4. Spinal Tap, 'Stonehenge' in 'This Is Spinal Tap' (1984)

The Spinal Tap film is one of the funniest there is associated with Rock'N'Roll. In this scene the parody metal band perform their ode to the Druids of Stonehenge. A perfectly pitched satire on the music of the era and also a comedy musical delight. The video below only contains the song, but do seek out the original film if you haven't seen it a perfect combination of music and comedy.

5. Alice Cooper, 'School's Out' in 'Dazed and Confused' (1993)

This portrait of small-town Texas in the summer of '76 has the music of the era at its centre and is a constant presence in the life of these kids. The musical highlight and one of the best uses of Rock'N'Roll in a film is the righteous use of the Alice Coopers classic. The scene shows the kids finishing school, breaking off their shackles and captures the mood of youthful exuberance perfectly.

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