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- Posted on Feb 22nd 2013 3:04PM by Pat Pemberton
Okay, forget all that stuff about irony. In a scene featuring a serial killer getting dolled up as a prospective victim stands trapped in his well, this echo-y one-hit wonder by Q Lazzarus just sounds creepy.
Lazzarus first met director Jonathan Demme when he entered her cab, which was playing a tape of her music. The 1988 song has something to do with Hindu philosophy, but the thing we all remember is that it was playing when the serial killer tucked his jewels between his legs and struck a pose.
"TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE HEART" FROM "OLD SCHOOL"
Dan Finnerty's comedy group, the Dan Band, started out as a lark -- a drunken joke to help a friend who needed an opening act. But the all-male band, known for singing girl-power tunes, wound up getting booked at venues all over Los Angeles and New York. And in 2003 the band was asked to perform in a wedding reception scene for "Old School."
In a nice piece of subtle comedy, Will Ferrell's character Frank is dancing with his new bride as the band covers this dramatic Bonnie Tyler song. At first Frank doesn't think he hears a slipped-in F-bomb. Then there's another and a third as the band offers an angry edge on what's supposed to be the happiest of f---ing days.
"I'M SHIPPING UP TO BOSTON" FROM "THE DEPARTED"
When members of the Celtic punk rockers Dropkick Murphys heard that Martin Scorsese was going to be filming in Boston, they started handing out copies of their CD to extras, crew members and anyone else hanging around the set. But eventually it was Robbie Robertson -- member of the Band and longtime Scorsese collaborator -- who introduced the song to the director.
The track, with blaring bagpipes and lyrics by Woody Guthrie, is heard twice in the movie, most memorably during a tense slow-chase scene near the film's conclusion. The band's popularity skyrocketed, leading to frequent appearances at Fenway Park and a headlining slot at the Boston Garden. Not bad for a bunch of blue-collar Irish dudes.
"JOHNNY B. GOODE" FROM "BACK TO THE FUTURE"
When a 1985 Marty McFly visits the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance from 1955, he picks up a guitar and announces that he's about to play "an oldie where I come from."
Well into his cover of Chuck Berry's 1958 groundbreaker, he goes all Van Halen on his guitar, which the crowd is clearly not ready for.
"Your kids are going to love it," he assures them, and we -- now the audience of the future-future -- heartily agree.
Also, we tip our cap to Chuck's cousin Marvin Berry, for changing rock 'n' roll history forever.
"HOLD ON" FROM "BRIDESMAIDS"
If you're a true friend, then you'll go all out for your pal's wedding. And if that means hiring Wilson Phillips to sing their signature song -- as was the case near this comedy's conclusion -- then you'll do it. Because, as Casper the Ghost once said, "a friend in need is a friend indeed."
While the trio's career once seemed as dead as Casper, their appearance in this movie has them alive and well. Thanks, Kristen Wiig.