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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2013 3:02PM by Pat Pemberton
If -- to quote a Steely Dan song here -- "the weekends at the college didn't turn out like you planned," then chances are you didn't have a lot of toga parties. But don't feel bad, losers. It's not like everybody went to crazy frat parties featuring Otis Day and the Knights performing their call-and-response favorite to a drunken crowd, except maybe the film's writer, who apparently had more fun in college than we did.
"YOU NEVER CAN TELL" FROM "PULP FICTION"
When TV's Vinnie Barbarino strut his stuff on a lit-up disco dance floor in "Saturday Night Fever," John Travolta became a superstar. Seventeen years later, director Quentin Tarantino offered a nod to Travolta's dancing past when he had him perform a twist hipsters still emulate.
Though older and clearly not in his jumpsuit form, a less nimble Travolta still managed to make Chuck Berry's long-forgotten shuffle cool as he worked off of a seductive dance partner played by Uma Thurman.
"MISIRLOU" FROM "PULP FICTION"
A testament to the power of music in film, Dick Dale's clinically dead career was revived in 1994 -- and he continues to perform today -- after his song appeared during the opening credits of "Pulp Fiction." While the song is considered an instrumental surf tune, director Quentin Tarantino thought its fast, single-note staccato guitar picking sounded more like spaghetti Western music, which sets the scene for what's going to be a movie with guns-a-blazing.
"TINY DANCER" FROM "ALMOST FAMOUS"
Just like the late-era Beatles, the fictional band Stillwater could still find a connection through music even as they were on the verge of a breakup. So on what starts as a chilly, hungover bus ride to the next gig, the band -- and its guests -- joins in for a group sing-along to Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." And for a short while (think: Beatles rooftop concert), all is right, just like the old days.
"OLD TIME ROCK AND ROLL" FROM "RISKY BUSINESS"
Long before Tom Cruise blasted off into space (at least mentally), he jumped on a movie set couch while getting' down to this Bob Seger tune, all in his skivvies. A high school kid with the house to himself, his booze-bolstered Joel Goodson slides across the floor in his socks, sings into a fireplace shovel and shakes spasmodically in a scene often parodied on TV shows and -- don't torture yourself -- amateur YouTube videos.