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Which movie, show or commercial changed your opinion of a song, either positively or negatively?

Asked by ddude1116 (5575points) April 7th, 2011

I just saw an ad for Crysis 2, and heard the opening piano for “New York, New York”, before it broke into an upbeat rap song overtop of it. Being a fan of Martin Scorcese, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro and Liza Minnelli, it was scarring. Realizing in that moment (once again), the effect that a video could have on a song made me ponder.

Which song, of prominence, was used in a movie or other medium, that changed your connotation of it?

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I never watched a single episode of the t.v. sitcom “Cheers” ever before, until I heard its theme song on a bus while on vacation in Florida. I fell in love with the song and watched a few episodes, but I still thought the song was superior to the show, which I thought it was a bit goofy. Lol.

Joker94's avatar

The use of Ride of the Valkyries in Apocalypse Now will forever come to mind when I hear that song. I can’t think of it any other way.

And though I never saw the full movie, I tuned in to the horrifying quasi-apocalyptic ending of the anime Metropolis set to the song “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles. It was one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever channel surfed into at 12 AM.

ddude1116's avatar

@Joker94 Ride Of the Valkyries is pretty much synonymous with Hitler and massacreing Vietnamese citizens…
And not to mention Stanley Kubrick’s use of classical music…

Joker94's avatar

Why do the most upbeat or fondly remembered songs go so well with the most horrific scenes of violence?

ddude1116's avatar

the sake of irony..?

Joker94's avatar

I could see that…would make sense with Crysis 2. They’re usually fantastic juxtapositions. I don’t think I’ve had a new perspective on a song that hasn’t been the result of a chaotic movie scene.

ddude1116's avatar

there’re some out there, in Reservoir Dogs, the Stuck In the Middle With You scene wasn’t chaotic, just inherently fucked up. 2001: A Space Odyssey wasn’t chaotic, either…

diavolobella's avatar

I’m veering slightly away from the specifics of the original question, but I think this answer meets the spirit of it. I originally sort of liked the song “Runaway Train” by Soul Asylum when I heard it on the radio. However, once I saw the video I could never watch it again or even listen to the song because a baby is shown being kidnapped in the video. I was a new mother at the time and it really upset me. To this day, I will change the radio station as soon as I hear the first few notes.

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