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Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): John Murphy – In The House – In A Heartbeat

Day 6. Attempting to stick to the two tunes per movie formula for now & choosing this absolutely huge piece of music from the introduction to 28 Days Later. In The House – In A Heartbeat is the kind of Post-Rock inspired thing which made this film stand out. Ostensibly an action film about zombies, the soundtrack & the acting gave 28 Days Later a distinct & contemporary (2002) vibe. The pretty melody building up into the intense, loud section is textbook Post-Rock & I remember wondering if this was a new Mogwai tune when I first saw the movie.

No lyrics for this one as the tune is 100% instrumental. Here’s some screenshots from the section of the film which this tune plays during.

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Indie Rock Song of the Day

Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): Grandaddy – A.M. 180

Day 5. This incredible slice of Fuzzy, synth-led Indie Pop wasn’t actually written for a movie soundtrack, but it did appear on Danny Boyle‘s brutal zombie thriller 28 Days Later. My love of Grandaddy is well documented so, as you can imagine, I was extremely excited to hear this song when I watched the movie for the first time.

You may remember, a short while ago, this same song was in fact Song of the Day for the Covers series. The excellent new version by PUP.

Don’t change your name
Keep it the same
For fear I may lose you again
I know you won’t
It’s just that I am unorganized
And I want to find you when
Something good happens

If you come down
We’ll go to town
I haven’t been there for years
But I’d be fine
Wasting our time
Not doing anything here
Just doing nothing

We’ll sit for days
And talk about things
Important to us like whatever
We’ll defuse bombs
Walk marathons
And take home whatever together

Whatever together
Whatever together
Whatever together
Whatever together
Whatever together

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Rock And Roll Song of the Day

Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door

Day 4. Seeing as how I used the same film for days 1 & 2, I’ve decided to use the same film for days 3 & 4 too. Especially because I absolutely love this Creedence Clearwater Revival tune. Lookin’ Out My Back Door, for some reason, doesn’t appear on The Big Lebowski‘s OST, but it does soundtrack a pivotal scene in the movie.

Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy
Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch
Imagination sets in, pretty soon I’m singin’
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

There’s a giant doin’ cartwheels, statue wearin’ high heels
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn
Dinosaur Victrola, listenin’ to Buck Owens
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Doo, doo, doo
Wondrous apparition provided by magician
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Doo, doo, doo
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn
Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrow
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

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Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): Bob Dylan – The Man In Me

Day 3. The Big Lebowski is a strong contender for my favourite film so it is a pleasure to choose a song from its soundtrack for todays Song of the Day. Bob Dylan’s The Man In Me soundtracks two separate scenes in the film, the introduction (see the first video below) & a further scene where The Dude (Jeff Bridges) is knocked out & has a hallucinatory dream (see the second video).

La la la la
La la la la
La la la la
La la la la

The man in me will do nearly any task
And as for compensation, there’s little he would ask
Take a woman like you
To get through to the man in me

Storm clouds are raging all around my door
I think to myself I might not take it any more
Take a woman like your kind
To find the man in me

But, oh, what a wonderful feeling
Just to know that you are near
Sets my a heart a-reeling
From my toes up to my ears

The man in me will hide sometimes to keep from bein’ seen
But that’s just because he doesn’t want turn into some machine
Took a woman like you
To get through to the man in me

La la la la
La la la la

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Experimental Indie Rock Song of the Day

Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): Beck – Deadweight

Day 2. I’ve decided to go with another song from the same movie as yesterdays choice, A Life Less Ordinary, this time Beck’s Deadweight. This was probably Beck’s first release following his magnum opus Odelay & as such seems to come from the same place sonically. It’s certainly a mile away from Psych-Folk madness of the full-length follow-up, Mutations.

On a highway unpaved, goin’ my way
You’re so alone today
Like a ghost town I’ve found
There’s no relief, no soul, no mercy

Is it true what they say
You can’t behave
You gamble your soul away

Measuring a jinx of this life seems
Like the gristle of loneliness

Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’

Like an ice age, nice days on your way
Sipping the golden days on a riptide
Freak’s ride, sleep inside
A parasite’s appetite

Oh, say can’t you see the chemistry
The parasites that clean up for me?
Death never hails, recycled cans
Get well cards to the hostage vans

Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’

You’re a deadweight, right straight
On your way, sunk in the midnight shade
Skies burn, eyes turn
Learning to counterfeit their disease

In this town where we roam
We bluff our souls
On canteen patio
Drink the latest draft

The music drags
The music drags
The music drags

Don’t let the sun catch you cryin’
Don’t let the sun catch you cryin

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Song of the Day (Movie Soundtracks): Ash – A Life Less Ordinary

Day 1. Welcome to day 1 of the new series of Song of the Day. This time it’s based around songs which were featured in movies. They may have even being written &/or recorded for the movie. They definitely have a higher chance of me choosing them if they have a music video which features scenes from the movie, though that isn’t a dealbreaker.

Ash’s excellent A Life Less Ordinary (from the film of the same name) was their first release following their critically acclaimed (& in my opinion unparalleled) debut album 1977 & the joining of their second guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. The song is a masterclass of an Indie Rock love song. Romantic lyrics, fuzzy guitars, uplifting vibes & the huge sing-a-long chorus help Ash off to a great start to the second phase of their career. It’s only a shame that they seemed to lose the momentum almost immediately after this (in my opinion).

I smoke myself into a haze in the afternoon
Enveloped heart, and the air is cool
Put on your dress, white Goddess
And settle in, as the weather folds
In the slow haze of the afternoon
Swaying hips, made like a gun
Blackest sails, the most beautiful, star

In the world, in the air, on my tongue
Before my eyes, beyond the stars, beneath the sun

So, take me in your arms again
Lead me in my dreams again
So, what is it worth?
I’ll sell my soul, what is it worth?
Only you know

You were conceived in my heart, 
came like a dream
To save me from my mortality
Put on your dress, white Goddess
And settle in, as the weather folds
Our lives will be entwined, even when I die
You’ll see me through ’til the end of time
No earthly bride, the most beautiful, star

In the world, in the air, on my tongue 
Before my eyes, beyond the stars, 
beneath the sun So, take me in your arms again
Lead me in my dreams again
So, what is it worth?
I’ll sell my soul, what is it worth?
Only you know

Take me in your arms again
Lead me in my dreams again
So, what is it worth?
I’ll sell my soul, what is it worth?
I’ll sell my soul, what is it worth?
I’ll sell my soul, what is it worth?

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Song of the Day (Covers): Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine – Everybody’s Happy Nowadays

Day 25. Indie Rock royalty Carter USM & their take on the the Buzzcocks Pop Punk energy leads to something unique & recognisable. Taken from their 1993 covers collection This Is The Sound Of An Eclectic Guitar: A Collection Of Other Peoples Songs, the replacement of live drums for Carter’s motorik drum machine rhythms enhances the songs robotic, manic qualities. Fitting for a song which insists on its happiness while declaring that “life’s an illusion, love is a dream.”

I was so tired of being upset
Always wanting something I never could get
Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
But I don’t know what it is

Everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays

I was so tired of being upset
Always wanting something I never could get
Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
But I don’t know what it is’

Cause everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays

Life’s an illusion, love is the dream
But I don’t know what it is
Everyone’s saying things to me
But I know it’s okay, okay

Everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays

Everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays

Life’s an illusion, love is a dream
Life’s an illusion, love is the dream
Life’s the illusion, love is a dream
Life’s the illusion, love is the dream

Everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays, days

Bet you are tired of being upset
Always wanting something you never can get
Life’s no illusion, love’s not a dream
Now, I know just what it is

Everybody’s happy nowadays
Everybody’s happy nowadays

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