Worst music for a movie


This is a perfect example of a movie ruined by mis-matched music. The music for this movie doesn't make any sense and actually detracts from the ambiance of the movie. The music gave a comedic feel to the movie. Does anyone agree?

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Actually, I feel the opposite. "TB Sheets" is such a fitting, atmospheric song that for once I was sucked into the world of the movie before the credits had even finished.

The worst recorded use of music is the end of Blood Simple in which the most nihilistic movie of the '80's ends with the most upbeat song of the '60's. Radiantly awful.

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Completely disagree. The music is perfect.

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The worst recorded use of music is the end of Blood Simple in which the most nihilistic movie of the '80's ends with the most upbeat song of the '60's. Radiantly awful.

That contrast is exactly what makes it so powerful. A couple other examples of the same kind of thing would the "Stuck in the Middle With You" scene from Reservoir Dogs or the "Layla" scene from Goodfellas.

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Wow, I can't believe someone doesn't like the music at the end of Blood Simple. It's so perfectly done it gives me the chills. I love violence combined with upbeat music generally though.

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Wow, I can't believe someone doesn't like the music at the end of Blood Simple. It's so perfectly done it gives me the chills. I love violence combined with upbeat music generally though.

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My response to a six year old post....

The worst recorded use of music is the end of Blood Simple in which the most nihilistic movie of the '80's ends with the most upbeat song of the '60's. Radiantly awful.


The irony of the song at the end of Blood Simple is what makes it great


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scorsese constantly uses "real" songs in really inappropriate, ridiculous ways. This film would have been great with a haunting piano score or something. Isn't taxi driver his only film with pretty much nothing but original soundtrack songs? And it's widely regarded as his best movie, with the best soundtrack.



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I absolutely love this movie, it's one of my favorite Scorsese pictures. With that said though, after just watching this movie again, I must agree that the soundtrack did not really seem to fit the movie. It seems that a very carefully constructed mood was created for this movie, yet the soundtrack kind of takes you out of that world in a way...It's unfortunate, and really the only flaw I can find in the film.

On a side note, I think the ending to Blood Simple. is just perfect.


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oh man I love blood simple.

but yeah, this film could have used a dark piano score or a droney ambient score... have you seen those fan edits/"re-cuts"? I'm thinking of doing one for this movie, and the scenes with no dialogue/just popular songs, I was going to replace the music with dark droney ambient stuff.

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Wow. I think this film has some great music in it. I strongly disgree with most of you. "The music feels like a comedy." What? The Clash, Van Morison, what exactly sounds like a comedy?

I suppose some of you might mean the 10,000 Maniacs song. I don't know.

All the music choices are brilliant. The film is darkly comic. Having odd music, like UB40's Red Red Wine at a crime scene, is supposed to be ironic and funny.

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Taxi Driver had a complete original score written for it by Bernard Herrman. In fact, I think there is only song used and that was the James Taylor song. Scorsese was originally going to use TB Sheets for Taxi Driver.

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James Taylor? I think you mean Jackson Browne's Late For The Sky.


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Um...no. GoodFellas is by far his most celebrated soundtrack. And a haunting piano score would be so cliche for this movie. That's not how Marty rolls.

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The music was the best thing about this movie! An original, dark score would have made the movie a bit drab (which many people already think it is), and would have mirrored the emotions in too obvious a way.

If Taxi Driver, with its score, is "widely regarded as one of Scorsese's best films," that's just because the masses can wrap their brains around it and accept it moreso they can a more unhinged film (not that Taxi Driver isn't trippy!).

If nothing else, the eclectic and seemingly-mismatched music of "Bringing Out the Dead" matched the cinematography well, with its choppy editing, reverse-action sequences and blurred lighting,

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Well, the movie is a dark comedy, or black comedy. The music was used in a ironic way, to emphasize a certain type of absurdity pervading the film. I'm not quite sure what type of movie you think it is.

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I thought the music was perfect, Vans tb sheets sets the mood perfectly and the other songs all fit perfect for the mood cage was in at the time,which varys through the movie when hes hallucinating and trying to stay distracted from the ghosts,I think its one of the things that makes the movie great

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its called juxtaposition the music was perfect.

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I thought the use of the Van Morrison song "TB Sheets" was perfect, but I do agree that some of the other songs in the movie seemed out of place, in particular the REM song and the Natalie Merchant/10,000 Maniacs tune. What most people in this discussion seem to be forgetting, however, is that the movie does have a score written by Elmer Bernstein that is very dark and haunting.

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Exactly! Those were the two songs I was going to point out too, What's the Frequency Kenneth and the 10,000 Maniacs song. Both are fine songs but out of place, especially the upbeat/laid back 10k Maniacs song when they're riding to visit Mary's half-dead father. Made no sense to have it there. Maybe it was implying there was some kind of hope for her dad but it didn't fit the mood of the scenes before or after the ambulance ride and was just completely out of place.

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Music is great

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