- Feb 13, 2011
- In your bedroom wardrobe...
In the prom scene in Starship Troopers, a band is covering David Bowie's "I Have Not Been to London Town" in a light rock style. It's acceptable.
<Edit: YES IT IS! Twenty-odd years later I finally identfy this song! Thanks!>
Interesting seeing you mention Chicken in the Pot, as I was surprised you knew it when i mentioned it in that post the other day. That song was inspired IMO.
especially the George Lucas cut of Return of the Jedi where, in Jabba's den, Sny Snootles is accompanied on stage by some kind of singing rat muppet with a giant CGI mouth.
On a serious note, I don't think the use of Superstition by Stevie Wonder really counts here, does it? Such an iconic song, so firmly placed in its sociopolitical climate when released, will be used forever in various media, and with a black MC it takes on even more depth, even in a meta way.
I'd like to add to the mix:
Diva Plavalaguna: undoubtedly the most orignal, and my favourite:
Then you have two in the reimagined Battlestar Galactica (compulsory viewing as a franchise if you've never seen it). First of all there's the repeated use - plotwise, too! - of Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix's All Along the Watchtower, which as a motif works supremely - even the remix by Bear McCreary's brother's group.
And then, one of the deepest things I've seen in Sci-Fi, is Felix Gaeta's lament (again from BSG) which I've even used choreographically (the OST version of the final season is even better!).
You can find that here:
I'd also mention Farscape. I'm sure there must have been songs they parodied or used in that show. God knows it was surreal enough to do some real creative excellence with music. I can't recall any, tho. Maybe @Mouse can shed light?
Finally, in season two of Fringe, it's one of those madcap episodes the X-files does so well, where characters act completely differently. In this case - episode Brown Betty - it's a noir parody in which Lance Reddick, Anna Torv et al sing big show tunes.