I have always had a huge love for movie soundtracks. When the right song is used in a particular scene it can make both the scene and song iconic forever. Think about it, what is "Reservoir Dogs" without "Stuck In The Middle With You" or "GoodFellas" without "Layla" playing during the death montage? Sure those movies would still be considered classics, but you have to admit they were enhanced tenfold by the music's presence!
So I started thinking about how music has affected some of my favorite horror or cult movies and could I come up with a list of my 10 Favorite songs in that genre . . .
Narrowing down the list was a lot harder than I thought so instead of 10 I had to go with 15. To make it easier on myself I decided only to include songs that were either written for the movie they appeared in or if the song came out around the same time period (and was used for that reason). So while I love the music choices Rob Zombie included in his films or when a movie uses a classic song to set a tone such as "Mr. Sandman" in the Halloween series, I didn't incorporate them into this list. Maybe that's something I will work on as a follow up!
A youtube video is included for each song and as always feedback is welcomed, either at the blog or the SMF Facebook page . . . Anyway here goes :)
15: Bable ~ "The Howling"
14: Hole ~ "Gold Dust Woman"
13: The Fly's ~ "Got You Where I Want You"
12: John Hiatt ~ "Spy Boy"
11: Pseudo Echo ~ "His Eyes"
10: Gerard McMann ~ "Cry Little Sister"
09: Marianne Faithfull ~ "Love Hates"
08: Ramones ~ "Pet Sematary"
07: David Bowie ~ "Cat People" (Putting Out Fires)
06: The Dickies ~ "Killer Klowns from Outer Space"
05: Dokken ~ "Dream Warriors"
04: Wings Hauser ~ "Neon Slime"
03: The Return of the Living Dead Soundtrack!
02: Dramarama ~ "Anything, Anything"
I loved everything about it from the first time I saw the movie and it became more relatable later in my life after a great relationship I had that went sour!
Oh well it's still has an awesome hook!
01: Iggy Pop ~ "Repo Man"
Honorable Mentions:The Demons Soundtrack, "He's Back" Alice Coopers' tribute to Jason, and of of course . . .
"Biscuits, Chicken, and Gravy" sung by Vernon in Hatchet 2!
There you have it. I hope you enjoyed my list and for a follow up I'm going to work on one that features only classic songs like I talked about earlier :)
- Tom Bryce