It’s a common fact that music triggers memories. Hearing back a song from your childhood can bring back sweet memories of your family or a memorable day with friends. For example, the tunes of Mr Brightside by The Killers instantly take me back to that legendary summer day at Rock Werchter Festival in 2007 where my friends and I saw The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age and Pearl Jam all play on the same day surrounded by a pirate and three sheikhs waving around their plastic swords in the air. Ah… those were the days! (I’ve got photos to prove this, just scroll down this post.) When I heard Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie in a restaurant the other day, it immediately made me think of the film It’s Kind of a Funny Story (2010). This drama comedy is about Craig, a depressed teenager, who admits himself to a psychiatric ward. In this pivotal scene we see Craig stepping inside his fantasy world and performing a beautiful version of Under Pressure during music therapy with the other people in his therapy group, including Zach Galifianakis. Within the context of the film this is a very moving scene that absolutely gave me goosebumps at the time.
Hearing this song again gave me the idea for this post. It’s clear that I love music and that I love films so why not merge these two topics? So, in this post I give you some of my favourite music scenes in films. I chose these particular scenes because they either made me laugh, touched my heart or because they are just simply cool. I hope everybody will be able to see these YouTube clips as they might be restricted to the UK only. If you can’t watch them, try to google them using the film and song title. I hope this post will inspire you to watch some new films and make you think about your own favourite music scenes!
Karaoke scene in Lost in Translation
In this scene the characters of Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte) and Bill Murray (Bob) end up singing karaoke songs in a Tokyo apartment. We first see Charlotte sing Brass in Pocket by The Pretenders. I find it so touching when Bob sings along the words ‘so special’ while looking at Charlotte as a sweet puppy in love. But my favourite part of this scene is when Bob sings More Than This by Roxy Music and when he turns round to Charlotte while he sings those words.
Jack Black arrives at work in High Fidelity
I think this was the first time I saw Jack Black and I obviously loved him rightaway! Of course this film is a classic in itself, but Jack Black’s extraordinary (somewhat dangerous) dance moves to Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves in this scene deserve a special mention!
Opening credits of Bridget Jones’s Diary
In the opening scene of Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) we see Bridget (Renée Zellweger) sitting home alone in her pyjamas in front of the TV with a bottle of wine. Her lip-syncing to All by Myself (written by Eric Carmen and Sergei Rachmaninoff, performed by Jamie O’Neal) perfectly illustrates Bridget’s loneliness, which is sad yet funny at the same time.
Prime Minister Hugh Grant shakes his booty in Love Actually
I’ve always been a sucker for Hugh Grant and think this scene with him dancing his booty off to Jump (for My Love) performed by Girls Aloud in his role as Prime Minister is just hilarious. Enough said!
Heath Ledger declares his love in 10 Things I Hate about You
I admit that this film is my little guilty pleasure. Whenever I feel a bit unwell, I put on this film to cheer me up again. Stars in this film are Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles and baby-faced Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In this scene Heath declares his love to sourface Julia Stiles by singing Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli. I love the bit where he runs away from the guard.
The coolest film intro ever: Reservoir Dogs
Let’s finish with a bit of a Dutch touch. I think everyone of you knows these opening credits of Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs (1992). If not, then you should watch this film NOW immediately! (Only after you finished reading this post of course.) In all of Tarantino’s early films there is at least one reference to the Netherlands so it’s not surprising that he used this song by Dutch singer George Baker for the credits. By doing this, he made Little Green Bag one of the most famous songs in cinema history!
Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. Do leave me your own favourite music scenes in a comment below! And here is the photo of Rock Werchter Festival as promised 2007 🙂 See if you can spot me and my friends Rudi and Patrick!