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Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing

March 28, 2010

One of the things I miss from earlier movie viewing days is the unforgettable songs attached to the films. I’m talking about songs that take you right back to the films in a way that color-by-number mixed tape comps masquerading as soundtracks never will. Here are some of my faves.

Coming Around Again – Carly Simon – Heartburn

Before Meryl served as food/relationship guru in Julia and Julia she went on her own food=love campaign in 1986’s Heartburn. If being saddled with hair of heartbreak wasn’t unfortunate enough she was also married to yet another one of Jack Nicholson’s cinematic skirt chasers. All of this – the bad hair, the bad marriage were set to Simon’s version of the sound of settling.

Men in Black – Will Smith – Men in Black

Whatever you think of Will Smith, you can’t argue that his mid 90s work was highly infectious. And thanks to the heavy use of sampling it had multi-generational appeal. This was evident as La Mommie and I danced ourselves out of the AMC Theater on 3rd Street Promenade to a song we had never heard before as though it had been a long time fave.

We Have All the Time in the World – Louis Armstrong – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service

The same four Bond themes duke it out for slots 2 through 5 – Moonraker, The Living Daylights, All Time High, A View to a Kill – but “We Have All the Time in the World” always remains secure in its position at the top. It is the leader of the pack.

Face to Face – Siouxsie and the Banshees – Batman Returns

Only the most comfortable of goths could proudly catch crows while admitting their love of this accessible Siouxsie ditty. Oh my godfathers, you could hear this on the radio – the regular radio! Blasphemy! Upon publicly professing affinity for this song one could reasonably expect to return home to find all their lunchboxes smashed to bits and the goth equiv to social services confiscating their Bauhaus 7″s and probably steaming stickers off their hand-me-down four door sedans. And no, playing “Hong Kong Garden” on repeat would not save your goth cred. Too bad. It’s one of her best songs.

Goodbye Girl – David Gates – The Goodbye Girl
It Might Be You – Stephen Bishop – Toostie


Since they are essentially the same song, why waste the bandwidth or keystrokes writing about them separately. Vague as the movies often are in my brain, once I hum a few bars of their respective themes it’s a bit easier to distinguish them.

Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing – Aerosmith – Armageddon

You can say what you will about Aerosmith, Bruckheimer or Bay and there’s certainly lots to say, but you can’t say smack about DIANE WARREN. She brought it on this theme. Nothing against Whitney and Mimi, but Diane was ROBBED at the 71st Academy Awards. I hear this song at least once week in an elevator, while on hold or in a grocery store at 2am. Same can’t be said of “When You Believe”. In addition, nothing wrong with the visual of Willis and his smirk climbing into a space hooptie to DIE set to a Warren jam. *lighter*

Redemption – Bill Conti – Rocky II

It was a debate between this jam and Going the Distance, but in the end I opted for “Redemption” because it’s my fave of Conti’s Rocky work. Plus, of the iconic music, it often gets cast aside along with Take You Back (which was written and performed by Frank “Far From Over” Stallone), another great song from the films.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
Everchanging Times – Siedah Garrett – Baby Boom
Hearts on Fire – John Cafferty – Rocky IV (training)
Thieves Like Us – New Order – Pretty in Pink

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2010 11:19 pm

    Re: Siouxsie

    Love that song. But then, I like “Kiss Them For Me” too! I’m a total poseur!

  2. badhedgehog permalink
    March 29, 2010 4:53 am

    There’s a large streak of gothly opinion that holds that Siouxsie can do no wrong.

  3. March 29, 2010 8:11 am

    *looks around* I totally love Peekaboo. Come bite on this ragdoll, indeed!

  4. March 29, 2010 8:15 am

    Oh sure, NOW they say that. But man, it was act of revolution to acknowledge the existence of Peepshow, back when I wore MeeMaw’s lace curtains and polyester slips. Though I will say, I always resisted the “Join Hands” and “Icon” indoctrination. Those LPs were whack.

    ahhh, for your listening/viewing pleasure…the goth version of rickrolling circa ’90.

  5. msjacks permalink
    March 29, 2010 11:44 am

    Did you notice how “Coming Around Again” was number 69 on the countdown? That’s right! Oh yeah!

  6. March 29, 2010 12:53 pm

    This morning, THIS popped into my head, and imediately reminded me of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles:

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