This may the first foreign language cover I’ve posted on the blog and it is from Coen Brother’s cult classic The Big Lebowski. It’s a pretty ridiculous and flamboyant choice, but it is oddly appropriate for the character that it is introducing.
Uma Thurman makes another appearance, but this time she isn’t singing along to the song, but is engaging in a sword duel of epic proportions in Kill Bill: Vol 1. The flamenco guitar, hand claps and stops and pauses definitely heighten the drama in the scene.
"Wish You Were Here" is one of PInk Floyd’s most poignant and timeless songs, so Mark Linkous (RIP) and Sparklehorse realized the importance of enlisting the aid of Thom Yorke to lend his vocals to their cover.
This cover appears at the end of Lords of Dogtown, which also starred Heath Ledger (also RIP).
Some songs just fade into the background, but other songs really command a scene. The opening scene of Midnight Cowboy is accompanied by Harry Nilsson’s cover of “Everybody’s Talkin” and is almost inseparable from the film. I’ll always equate this song with feelings of leaving a small town city for the big city, and that’s partly because of the affiliation with the film.
The best part of this cover is also when Nilsson starts mimicking the harmonica part from the original.
Sofia Coppola is known to carefully select the music used in her films and Lost in Translation is no exception. I love this scene because it captures the emotional vulnerability of anyone having the courage to perform karaoke (I always have trouble spelling that word). The expressions in Bill Murray’s face are great as he attempts to reach notes outside of his vocal range.
The Royal Tenenbaums may be my favorite of the Wes Anderson films, and the use of “Hey Jude” in the opening montage scene is amazing. For being such a recognizable song, it doesn’t detract away from the scene and The Mutato Muzika Orchestra do a wonderful job of making it sound very elegant.
It was rumored that Elliott Smith was slated to cover this song for the movie soundtrack that didn’t ultimately happen. While the Elliott Smith fanboy in me would have wanted a studio quality cover of the song, it’s hard to imagine this opening scene from the movie with anything else but this orchestral arrangement.
Moving from one movie of record store misfits to another, we have Empire Records.
In this scene, Lucas is the character sitting on the couch and he has just confessed to stealing and losing the contents of the store’s register in a last ditch effort to gamble to save the record store from being bought out by a mega-corporation.
The rest of the employees playfully mock him and play The Flying Lizard’s cover over the speakers, but my question is, shouldn’t they be more worried about their jobs?
Anyways The Flying Lizards cover is really bizarre sounding compared to the original, and that’s partly due to the impassioned speak-singing and the plethora of 80’s sound effects used in the song.