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wonders never cease Thursday, October 7, 2010

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6th, 2010 birth of the movies

lloyd-dobler There are a lot of cool things about October 6th that could inspire a good play list. It's hard to pass up the chance to share music themed on the 877 death of Charles the Bald, the Holy Roman Emperor who received this moniker despite having a full head of hair. Songs about hair, songs involving misnomers ... there are some good options here. October 6th is also German-American Day, marking the anniversary of the first immigration of German people to America in 1683 -- and right after Oktoberfest, to boot (party's over, get the heck out?). Rest easy, loyal readers. We resisted the temptation to unleash a string of polkas and oompah band classics.

Because. On this day in 1889, Thomas Edison showed his first motion picture, named Monkeyshines No. 1. Fast forward exactly 38 years to the premier of The Jazz Singer, the first prominent talking movie. Happy Birthday, Movies. Look how big you've gotten. We doubt that Edison could have imagined the coming of reality TV and the Warner brothers probably never could have foretold that a "talkie" star would one day become President of the USA, but these men and their ideas did indeed change our nation. Here are ten tracks that feature prominently in their film appearances:

1. The Rainbow Connection - Kermit the Frog - The Muppet Movie
How can you not love a muppet with a banjo? Written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher in 1979 and performed by Jim Henson's charming amphibian as the opening credits roll for The Muppet Movie.

2. New Slang - The Shins - Garden State
This song facilitates the waiting room meeting of the main characters in Zach Braff's feature film, as Natalie Portman passes her headphones to Braff's Andrew, declaring "You have to hear this song... It will change your life."

3. A Perfect Day - Lou Reed - Trainspotting
Lou Reed's paints a picture of serenity and contentment as Renton sinks into the floor after overdosing on heroin in this terrific film based on the 1993 debut novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh.

4. In Your Eyes - Peter Gabriel - Say Anything
Is there a better poster boy for the anguish of youthful love than noble underachiever Lloyd Dobler holding his boombox over his head outside Diane Court's window?

5. Miss Misery - Elliott Smith - Good Will Hunting
Smith's haunting melodies accompany Matt Damon's character as he takes a leap and steps forward into a new life.

6. Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes - Shaft
Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks? SHAFT! Ya damn right... Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about? SHAFT! Right On!

7. Where Is My Mind - The Pixies - Fight Club
This Pixies tune hints at the climactic revelation in the cult film based on the 1996 novel by Chuck Palahniuk. What's the first rule about fight club?

8. I've Seen It All - Bjork - Dancer In The Dark
With a moving train providing the percussion and contribution from Radiohead's Thom Yorke, this song is too interesting to pass up despite the fact that we haven't seen the film.

9. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel - Reservoir Dogs
For many of us this Dylanesque tune will forever be wedded to the torture scene in this breakthrough film for Quentin Tarantino.

10. Don't You Forget About Me - Simple Minds - The Breakfast Club
The representative anthem for a generation of high schoolers as they sorted themselves into the various John Hughes' caricatures: the brain, the athlete, the basket case, the princess, or the criminal.

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