Sure, I’ll Join the Dark Side. Not!
So while I was drumming up this entry in the shower, my brain switched gears on its own and started pondering how neat it would be to do a mash-up of Star Wars and Wayne’s World, with Darth Vader and Obi-Wan as party-happy bros journeying about the universe together and trying to be awesome. I even had a few ideas spring up such as:
‘Wan: Give it up, Darth! I have the high ground!
Darth: Shyeah, and midichlorians might fly out of my butt!
And so on. Actually it was just that. It was a work in progress!
Well after I showered, it niggled in my brain that an idea akin to this has probably been done before, so I Googled “Party on Darth”. And while it’s not QUITE the same, there’s apparently a meme of Darth Vader and Batman saying “Party on, Wayne!” “Party on, Darth!” to each other, and it made me feel less ingenious. Drats.
STILL! Before I got to that point, I did make a few macros to share, so I might as well gift you them:
Wait, one more:
I don’t know… I was proud of it.
Haha, none of this has anything to do with this entry, what is even happening?
The point of all of this is that there are some songs that have become permanently bonded to certain pieces of pop culture (it will make sense in a second, I swear!). Songs that, when used in a movie or television show at a certain time, are so abjectly perfect, they can never be separated from that combination. So here are five!
What, you wanted a better intro? I wasted all my space on those stupid Star Wars memes. Get over it.
For transparency’s sake, I think Bohemian Rhapsody is the greatest accomplishment in musical history. I’m not a HUGE classic rock buff, but even I recognize the legendary status of Queen and this song in particular. So it’s hard for me to say that this song has been pulled into the gravity of another aspect of pop culture…
But there it is. That scene is great. It’s memorable, it’s funny. It sets the tone for the flick.
(Obviously this is where the Party On, ‘Wan thing came from, anyway)
And as a final aside, my wife can hit the super high note right before they start head-banging in the movie, and it is glorious. I make her do it all the time for people. She says I think it’s her party trick.
Oh, Arrested Development. If I was cheating, I would also consider “The Sound of Silence” and “Afternoon Delight” as inextricably linked to this show, but if there’s one above all, it’s definitively “The Final Countdown”. I don’t think it is physically possible for me to hear that song and not say “Where once there was a yacht… now there is not!”. GOB has a few scenes where he plays this over his tri… illusions, but this is the best of them all.
I’ll be honest… I originally had a different nominee here, but as I was thinking of random songs that might belong on this list, I came across this, and… nope. This has to go on here. It’s not that great of a scene, but for whatever reason, I ALWAYS think of it when I hear “Bad Medicine” (which is often because it’s on my treadmill playlist). And I did think this movie was fantastic, no matter what everyone says. It didn’t have as much to say or as much poignancy as Smith’s first few outings, but it’s the most unashamedly silly and fun and quotable.
Haha, when, in the frickin’ FINAL SEASON, Breaking Bad finally played “Crystal Blue Persuasion”, probably every person watching their TV simultaneously slapped his or her own forehead and went “Of course! It’s so obvious!”
How did it take them THAT LONG to get to that point? The entire show is about a guy making blue crystal meth? It’s right there, like, 66% of the title!
It’s a great scene when they do use it, too, that calm, relaxing song playing over a montage of Walt’s success shortly before everything would really go back to shit for him.
This was the easiest one, by far. Hell, I pretty much call this “The Supernatural Song” because they have played it as the season recap at every season finale for 12 years now. Honestly? Supernatural has enough fantastic music scenes that I could make a whole Top 5 of songs JUST irrevocably related to it (“Heat of the Moment”, “Rock of Ages”, “Wanted Dead or Alive”, and “Renegade” spring right to mind to join “Carry On Wayward Son”), but this… this is the top dog. The Supernatural Song!
Big ups to two songs I strongly considered that JUST missed the cut (so I could include “Bad Medicine”? Really? What am I doing with my life?): “Don’t Stop Believing” from the very last scene of The Sopranos (during the end bit, there is a “Don’t stop…”, after which I always say “Cut! Best ending ever”) and “The Times They Are A-Changing” from the opening credits of Watchmen.
So I’m sure there are others, but I tried to duck some of the more obvious ones (“Eye of the Tiger” with the Rocky franchise–though I ALSO think of Supernatural with that one–and “Tequila” with Pee-Wee’s Big Aventure). What other ones are conjoined in your mind?
Until next time… take care! And party on, ‘Wan!