Incidental Acts of Spontaneous Cerebral Violence

Friday, August 06, 2004

Illinois Nazis. I hate Illinois Nazis.

Perhaps I should record an album of marginal covers, too---

Brits Say 'Blues Brothers' Best Soundtrack
"The Blues Brothers" was rated the best movie sound track in a British straw vote. It nipped the sound tracks of "Pulp Fiction" and "Trainspotting" in a vote conducted for British Broadcasting Corp. digital radio. "It's a 'Sound of Music' for hipsters, a film that lives and breathes music," said Andrew Collins, who drew 10,000 voters for his survey.

The stars of the 1980 film, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd, sang several of the songs including "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and the theme from "Rawhide." Guest appearances included Ray Charles in "Shake Your Tailfeather," James Brown in "The Old Landmark," Aretha Franklin in "Think" and Cab Calloway with "Minnie the Moocher."

The BBC vote for best film sound track (with vote share):
1. "The Blues Brothers" (19 percent)
2. "Pulp Fiction" (18)
3. "Trainspotting" (17)
4. "Saturday Night Fever" (11)
5. "Dirty Dancing" (10)
6. "Grosse Point Blank" (8)
7. "Kill Bill" Vols. 1&2 (6)
8. "The Royal Tenenbaums" (4)
8. "Lost In Translation" (4)
10. "Fight Club" (3)
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a HUGE fan of “The Blues Brothers”. It’s a great movie and it certainly taught me everything I ever needed to know about driving on Lower Wacker. However, Aykroyd and Belushi’s covers, while essential to the success of the film, pale when compared to the masterpieces by The Spencer Davis Group (“Gimme Some Lovin’”), Solomon Burke (“Everybody Needs Somebody To Love”), Robert Johnson (“Sweet Home Chicago”) and Elvis (“Jailhouse Rock”).

While “The Blues Brothers” certainly deserves credit for introducing the disco/classic rock generation to R&B (including this particular 7 year old), it’s certainly not the best soundtrack of all time. In short, great song choices do not automatically a great soundtrack make.

And, while we’re at it, what the fuck are “Kill Bill” and “Lost In Translation” doing on the list?

Where the hell are “Purple Rain”, “Footloose”, “The Graduate”, “Grease”, “The Big Chill”, “Shaft”, “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, “Top Gun”, “When Harry Met Sally”, “Singles”, etc. etc. etc.?????

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