Countdown: Top 25 Songs That Should Be Made Into Movies
Old 04-20-2009, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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25. “Jack & Diane” by John Cougar - an American classic, this could be the coming of age love story for middle America. Think Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist meets Footloose.

24. “Teenage Whore” by Hole - young, wild girl rebels and yells at her mother… why reach? This should be the title of the Courtney Love biopic titled Teenage Whore: The Courtney Love Story.

23. “I Was Dancing In The Lesbian Bar” by Jonathan Richman - the key for this story of urban malaise is the casting. Gotta nail the lead - I’m thinking Jamie Bell in the Jonathan Richman role. What? Well at least we know he can dance.

22. “Rusholme Ruffians” by The Smiths - murder and love at the fair. Might as well keep this one set in England of the late ’70s, early ’80s… could actually be made to be A Taste of Honey for a whole new generation.

21. “Red Sector A” by Rush - for this prison camp story, I always imagined the internment camp from the film Red Dawn. Perhaps this film could be a socio-political statement set in the not-so-distant future where the U.S. is confining Arab Americans to prison camps the way we once did to the Japanese in World War II.

20. “Suzanne” by Leonard Cohen - sure, this song forms the theme for the final scene of Cohen’s short movie I Am a Hotel, but it could use a proper feature film treatment by someone who can deftly handle tone and abstraction. Give it to Michel Gondry. (Twitter recommendation)

19. “Thursday” by Morphine - a weekly sexual rendezvous that takes place every Thursday. A couple of games of pool, back to her place, the neighbor sees… a violent husband… this one’s plain old begging to be made into a movie.

18. “Casimir Pulaski Day” by Sufjan Stevens - okay Kirk Cameron, you want to prove that you can make serious, marketable, Christian films that can appeal to broad audiences? Adapt this song into a heart-wrenching tale of love, faith, and devotion starring Shia LaBeouf.

17. “18 and Life” by Skid Row - the proper movie version of this film should’ve been made right when the song came out as a sequel to The Breakfast Club. Just when you think John Bender is going to find happiness with Claire Standish he accidentally shoots someone and ends up serving life in prison. Perfect.

16. “Good Fortune” by PJ Harvey - I’d pitch this one as an update on Scorsese’s After Hours, starring Parker Posey in the lead role.

15. “The Night Chicago Died” by Paper Lace - epic! Think Gangs of New York meets The Untouchables.

14. “Song of the Sad Assassin” by Why? - dear David Lynch: adapt this song into a Twin Peaks meets Mulholland Dr. style thriller and do it yesterday.

13. “8 Million Stories” by A Tribe Called Quest - the lyrics to this hip hop classic already read like a Spike Lee movie, right down to the Knicks shout out about John Starks being ejected. Easy money.

12. “Don, Aman” by Slint - how about we go ahead and make Zac Efron the next Jake Gyllenhaal by casting him in this moody ‘outsider at a party’ story? Somebody get Richard Kelly on the phone.

11. “Don’t Take Your Guns To Town” by Johnny Cash - everybody loves a good western, and this song about a mother’s warning to her son could be made into a film with an anti-gun message. You go Hollywood! In fact, maybe this one would help undo all the shit Charlton Heston did for the NRA.

10. “Poor Jackie” by Man Man - here’s the plot to this epic song: a bawdry tale of a street walking murderess who cuts the hearts out of her victims and paints a moustache on her face to hide from police. A no-brainer.

9. “The Bagman’s Gambit” by The Decemberists - when it comes to songs by The Decemberists, take your pick and you’d have a great story for a film. In fact, I think PBS should adapt their entire catalog into a miniseries. (Twitter recommendation)

8. “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)” by Rupert Holmes - seems like this one has already been referenced a million times in film and TV, why not go ahead and make it a movie with… hm, how about Kate Hudson and Ryan Gosling?

7. “Babies” by Pulp - give me this song’s lyrics as adapted for the screen by Nick Hornby coupled with Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Keira Knightley (as the older sister) and I’ll give you the makings for an excellent British romantic comedy. $100 million box office no problem.

6. “Beep Beep” by The Playmates - you’re like “what song?!” But check it, listen to the song and tell me it wouldn’t make an incredible Duel-style vehicular horror movie with a touch of humor. It so would. This is the one I want to see made more than any others on this list.

5. “Date Rape” by Sublime - there are a few ways you could go with this one, but I’d opt for serious courtroom rape drama. It’s been a while since there was one of those, and a film based on these lyrics done properly might just win an Oscar or two. I’m serious!

4. “Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts” by Bob Dylan - here’s another artist whose work could pretty much all be turned into a movie of some sort. Since “Hurricane” has already been done, “Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts” is the most obvious choice. In fact, according to this site two screenplays for a “Lily, Rosemary And The Jack Of Hearts” film have already been written. What’s taking so long? (Twitter recommendation)

3. “Paul Revere” by The Beastie Boys - quelle missed opportunity! This is what should’ve happened back in 1986: Cameron Crowe should’ve adapted a screenplay based on this song for a film to be directed by Savage Steve Holland, starring The Beastie Boys as themselves. I’m thinking a mid-’80s version of Help. It would have be untouchable.

2. “She’s Leaving Home” by The Beatles - the more obvious Beatles songs to convert to film would be “A Day in the Life” or maybe “Rocky Raccoon,” but this would be the more powerful movie. Think Rebel Without A Cause meets Thirteen.

1. “The Gift” by The Velvet Underground - if there’s any one song that begs to be made into a film more than every other one, it’s this 1968 deadpan short story about a failing long-distance relationship and the lengths poor Waldo goes to in an attempt to save it. Sam Mendes, have at it.
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Old 04-20-2009, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I did it with a whiffleball bat
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I can see Casimir Pulaski Day and 8 million stories being blown up into movies.

I personally would have had Dancing with the Devil by Immortal Technique on there. Could definitely see Spike Lee directing that movie.
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I'll ride with you if you can get me to the border
The sheriff's after me for what I did to his daughter
I did it like this, I did it like that
I did it with a whiffleball bat
So I'm on the run, the cop's got my gun
And right about now, it's time to have some fun
The King Adrock, that is my name
And I know the fly spot where thay have the champagne
we rode for six hours then we hit the spot
the beat was bumpin' and the girlies was hot
this dude was starin' like he knows who we are
so we took the empty spot next to him at the bar.
mca said yo, you know this kid?
i said i didn't but i know he did
the kid said "get ready 'cause this ain't funny"
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what about jailbreak by ac/dc? that would be way better than red sector a...
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Old 04-20-2009, 02:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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hey joe - Jimi hendrix. lol would be a sick movie.
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"Face Down, Ass Up" by 2 Live Crew would make a good porn flick.
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"Face Down, Ass Up" by 2 Live Crew would make a good porn flick.
that's the second reference to that song i've heard in the past 2 days.
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that's the second reference to that song i've heard in the past 2 days.
Great tune if I say so myself too.
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I have never heard of any of those songs
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Great tune if I say so myself too.
I prefer "Too Much Booty In the Pants" myself.
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I have never heard of any of those songs
then, at the very least, i suggest you buy a leonard cohen album immediately.
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and a bob dylan album.
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and a tribe called quest album.
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Angst in My Pants by the Sparks?

And how does Prince get no love in this thing. Where's Lady Cab Driver at least?
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Nautical Disaster - The Tragically Hip
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Powderfinger - Neil Young
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Thriller - Michael Jackson?

Even though the music video was essentially a movie in and of itself and that was possibly the most cliche suggestion ever.
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38 Years Old by the Hip could also work.
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