Undefended: Pop Music’s Top 5 Greatest Gifts To Cinema

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Undefended: Pop Music’s Top 5 Greatest Gifts To Cinema

Undefended is posted every Friday, but we’ll be closed tomorrow for Good Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week…

…scenes from films which use previously released music to the greatest effect.


James Banks

1. “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” by Johnny Mercer/L.A.Confidential

2. “Shadow in the Sun” by Audioslave/Collateral

3. “King Midas in Reverse” by the Hollies/The Limey

4. “Hurdy Gurdy Man” by Donovan/Zodiac

5.  “Layla (Piano Exit)” by Derek and the Dominoes/Goodfellas


Joshua Gibbs

1. “Where Is My Mind?” Pixies/ Fight Club

2. “Fantino,” Sebastien Tellier/ Lost in Translation

3. “Something in the Way,” Nirvana/ Jarhead

4. “Ooh La La,” The Faces/ Rushmore

5. “Lust For Life,” Iggy Pop/ Trainspotting


Joseph Gross

1. “Calling All Destroyers” by TSAR/Super

2. “Cat People” by David Bowie/Inglourious Basterds

3. “I’m Shippin’ Up to Boston” by Dropkick Murphys/The Departed

4. ”Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine/The Matrix

5. “Put on Your Sunday Clothes” from Hello, Dolly!/WALL-E


Justin Spencer

1. “I Want Candy,” Bow Wow Wow/ Marie Antoinette

2. “Take My Breath Away,” Berlin/Top Gun

3. ”Don’t You (Forget About Me)” Simple Minds /The Breakfast Club

4. “Elephant Love Melody”/ Moulin Rouge

5. “Zoostation” U2/About a Boy


Jon Paul Pope

1. “You Are Forgiven” The Who / Rushmore

2. “He Needs Me” Harry Nillson (performed by Shelly Duval) / Punch Drunk Love

3. “Happy Together” The Turtles / Adaptation

4. “My Funny Valentine” Chet Baker / The Talented Mr. Ripley

5. “Hip To Be Square” Huey Lewis & The News / American Psycho


Sean Johnson

1. “These Days,” Nico/The Royal Tenenbaums

2. “We’ll Meet Again,” Vera Lynn / Dr. Strangelove

3. “The Sound of Silence” Simon & Garfunkel / The Graduate

4. “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head” B.J. Thomas/ Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

5. “Oh Yeah” Yellow / Ferris Bueller’s Day Off


Remy Wilkins

1. “You’re the Best Around” Joe Eposito / The Karate Kid

2. “I Will Find You” Clannad / The Last of the Mohicans

3. “Sound of Silence” Simon & Garfunkle / The Graduate

4. “Where is My Mind” The Pixies / Fight Club

5. “Save Me” Aimee Mann / Magnolia


Kanaan Trotter

1. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston// Bodyguard

2. The Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News//Back to the Future

3. Eye Of The Tiger by Survivor//Rocky

4. Exit Music (For a Film) by Radiohead//Romeo + Juliet

5. Falling Slowly by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova //Once

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