Monday, April 12, 2010

NME's 50 Awesome Music Movies (a Spotify playlist version)

I haven't found it on Spotify... but there's no Garden State without New Slang.

NME's 50 Awesome Music Movies is what it promises: a chart of 50 awesome music movies.

"We've put together our pick of the greatest music films ever made", writes the Brit magazine. "And we're not just talking about rockumentaries and biopics – this list also encompasses any movie that is defined by its soundtrack. These are films for music fans to love. Hence you'll find Trainspotting rubbing shoulders with Control, Almost Famous celebrated alongside Meeting People Is Easy".

The only right and sane thing to do after reading this chart should be to download/buy the 50 movies and watch them all. Most of them are really fantastic. I think I'll do it. Right now, by the way, I tried to build a good spotiplaylist, too. One song for each movie. Whenever I found it, I chose the "best music moment" according to NME. If not available, I made alternate choices (example: Karen O's Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack is not available on Spotify, so I represented the movie with Daniel Johnston's original Worried Shoes, whose cover is included in the soundtrack).

I think the result is not bad, with some nice songs I haven't heard for a too long time (Sonic Youth's Superstar from Juno, Seu Jorge's Life on Mars? from Steve Zissou, Alice in Chains' Would? from definining-my-grunge-youth Singles...).

P.S. Playlist features 51 songs. Not 50. Why that? Because I definitely had to include both Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth and Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth from Dig!.

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The Playlist
(51 tracks, 3.7 hours)

Newcleus – Jam On It (referring to movie Boyz N the Hood)
Aretha Franklin – Think (The Blues Brothers)
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen (The Filth and the Fury)
The Smiths – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Ferris Bueller's Day Off)
The Clash – White Riot (alternate demo) (The Future Is Unwritten)
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wild Thing (live at Monterey) (Monterey Pop)
Union Of Sound – Superstar (Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story)
Oasis – Live Forever (Live Forever)
Morrissey – Suedehead (The Importance of Being Morrissey)
Joaquin Phoenix & Reese Whiterspoon – Jackson (Walk the Line)
Daniel Johnston – Worried Shoes (Where the Wild Things Are)
MGMT – Kids (Soulwax Mix) (Part of the Weekend Never Dies)
Eminem – Lose Yourself (8 Mile)
Pixies – Debaser (live) (Loud Quiet Loud: A Film About the Pixies)
Scott Walker – Cossacks Are (Scott Walker 30 Century Man)
Bob Mould Band – Circles (ATP All Tomorrow's Parties)
Daniel Johnston – True Love Will Find You In The End (The Devil and Daniel Johnston)
Blur – No Distance Left To Run (Blur: No Distance Left To Run)
Seu Jorge – Life On Mars? (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou)
Sonic Youth – Superstar (Juno)
Alice Cooper – Under My Wheels (The Decline of Western Civilization part II: The Metal Years)
Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Live) (Beastie Boys; Awesome I Fuckin' Shot That!)
Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (Justice: A Cross the Universe)
Neil Young – Like A Hurricane (live) (Rust Never Sleeps)
Acrassicauda – Message From Baghdad (Heavy Metal in Baghdad)
The Funk Brothers – Tell Me It's Just A Rumor Baby (Standing in the Shadows of Motown)
Sly & The Family Stone – I Want To Take You Higher (Woodstock)
Black Flag – Rise Above (American Hardcore)
Alice In Chains – Would? (Singles)
Band – The Weight (live) (The Last Waltz)
The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink (Pretty In Pink)
Pulp – Common People (live at Glastonbury) (Glastonbury)
Coldplay – Don't Panic (Garden State)
Radiohead – How To Disappear Completely (Meeting People Is Easy)
The Rolling Stones – Wild Horses (Gimme Shelter)
Dick Dale – Miserlou (Pulp Fiction)
Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone (No Direction Home)
Foghat – Slow Ride (Dazed and Confused)
Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime (live) (Stop Making Sense)
The Dandy Warhols – Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth (Dig!)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth (Dig!)
Belle and Sebastian – Seymour Stein (High Fidelity)
Spinal Tap – Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight (This Is Spinal Tap)
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues (Don't Look Back)
The Who – Love Reign O'er Me (Quadrophenia)
Underworld – Born Slippy (Trainspotting)
Apocalyptica – Master Of Puppets (Some Kind of Monster)
The Allman Brothers Band – One Way Out (Almost Famous)
Joy Division – She's Lost Control (Control)
Iron Mask – Holy War (Anvil: The Story of Anvil)
Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People (24 Hour Party People)

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