Jukebox movies are a thrill. There’s some great scenes matched to classic songs in cinema. Who can forget Martin Scorcese’s use of period pop like Gimmie Shelter in the murder montage of Goodfellas, or the Dropkick Murphy’s getting a big budget video in The Departed. Tarantino’s a bugger for it too. Little Green Bag playing while The Reservoir Dogs walk in slow motion, David Bowie in 1940’s France, The dance off in Pulp Fiction with Chuck Berry stealing the show.
It’s as common as a mandatory love story to the big budget actioner in this age. They’ll crowbar it in anywhere they can hoping to have a moment. Star-Lord stealing a maguffin to Fooled Around and Fell In Love, 20th Century history squeezing in some Watchmen to Desolation Row, Rachel from friends doing the thing from Flashdance in some comedy where she played someone’s hot mum… It happens a lot.
Edgar Wright has raised the game entirely with Baby Driver and while I’m rattling them off John Woo’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow bullet ballet deserves a special nod.
But the cool song in a cool movie I want to talk about here today is my way of getting some Van Halen on this list at last. Van Halen never really registered in the UK in the 80’s until after Jump. Then they changed singer, we got confused. They toured America and Japan loads and Europe sort of shrugged a bit.
Argo is a seriously fun film. The sort of True Story you don’t believe a moment of. True story movies don’t need Van Halen on their soundtrack to drive the realness home.
And so the most ridiculous Hollywood party unfolds on screen for a fake film within a film which mock retro green skinned alien women and hair metal rock and roll from the land of Diamond Dave and Eddie Van Halen’s mad guitar work.
I’ve always loved this song. Now I have the visuals to go with it.