The Savage Animal 11.27.13: Top 20 Overused Songs in Movies/TV (20-11)
Posted by Mikey MiGo on 11.27.2013
From Jay Z's "Empire State of Mind" and Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back" to AC/DC's "Back in Black," George Thorogood's "Bad to the Bone" and more, 411's Mikey MiGo begins his look at the top 20 overused songs in movies and TV!
"Survivor Series 2013 Review!": I went into this show with the lowest expectations I've had for a major wrestling pay per view possibly ever. I typically at least expect it to suck or have something notable happen. For this one, I don't have a good vibe or a negative vibe. It's just going to happen. There is nothing engaging about the WWE product. It's overwhelmingly boring. I love some of the talent and the match-ups are pretty interesting at times, but the abundance of bullshit makes it too much of a hassle to watch. For the first time in my thirty or so year WWE watching experience, it's more of an inconveince to watch. There has been points where I didn't watch much and times when I was fully engaged. Right now I dread having to not just watch the WWE but also to add any more of its content, news, gossip, or "universe" into my brain. There is just no room up there for any more useless uninspired entertainment.
This is supposed to be one of the biggest shows of the year. There is so much enriched history tied into this show. You'd think the build and the matches would be worthy of such an honor. On paper, this show sucks. On screen, I'm optimistic. I don't WANT to be annoyed and bored for 3 hours.
But I was.
This pay per view sorta sucked. The opening elimination match and the Wyatts vs. Punk/Bryan were the only things really notable. Mark Henry and Ryback had a half-decent match for two big men and there was some okay spots sprinkled through out the card. Cena beating Alberto was lackluster and lame. Orton, as much as I like him, had a bad match with Big Show. The crowd chanting "boring" during the final match of one of your biggest shows of the year SHOULD tell you something. It's force fed nonsense. Nothing is exciting. Where was Dolph Ziggler on this card? Why didn't they have more survivor series styled matches? This show was just a big crapfest. People who paid their hard earned money on this show were flat out ripped off. One or two really good matches is not worth $60-$70. I don't care how big of a fan you could be of those involved, it's robbery.
It's not just a money robbery, but a time robbery. This is another ramble about how tired I am of the WWE and how I'm having trouble maintaining my fandom of the product. Wrestling is not entertaining, fun, or all that engaging. It's just there with the same soup every night just reheated.
My interest is officially at an all-time low.
Top 20 Over-Used Songs in Movies/TV (20-11)
"Didn't I Hear This Somewhere?" Everyone has their favorite songs, bands, and albums. Despite as much as we would like to believe it, there is no right or wrong in judging someone's pick. Sure we can all put on fan boy pants and be the opinionated jerks we were born to be. At the end of the day, it's all subjective and purely opinion. Taste is not a fact, it's a personalized preference. We music snobs forget that sometimes.
Same goes for movies. Music is a big deal within that world too. Be it a classic bio pic, a great score, or an unforgettable soundtrack; music can make or break a movie more often than one would think. The problem, like with anything, is that too much of something can be a bad thing. Things just get overused. If you watch a sporting event you'll likely hear a lot of the same songs. People just accept it and don't say shit for whatever reason.
My problem is the lack of creativity in the music selections of some movies. There are so many songs out with many ranges and uses. It's a dream job for A LOT of people, but it doesn't seem to be taken as seriously as it should in a lot of cases. There is an art to tracking audio and there just aren't that many good artists anymore on the grand scale. Despite having an opportunity to give the audience something special, we get the same songs over and over. It's a bummer.
Today we're going to check out some of the most overused and most annoying "movie songs" out there.
20: "Atomic Dog" by George Clinton and P-Funk
George Clinton is the man. I've been a fan of his since I was too young to understand why. He had that spot in the movie PCU and then a family friend gave me an autographed dollar bill from one of Parliament Funkadelic members. I ended up losing the buck, but I never lost my appreciation for the funk rock that is Mr. Clinton and whatever crew he's jamming with. This is probably his most known and popular song. It's pretty much the go-to song for something funky and cheesy happening. And if you've ever seen a kids movie made in the past ten or so years there is a good percentage chance that you'd hear it. The percentage increases if the said kids movie involves a dog. 19: "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-lot
How can you not love this song? It's a hip hop classic and it's hard not to smile when this song hits your ears. It discusses one of the most important topics in all of mankind. It's understandable why movies would want to include this. It's the song they use when reserved girls start coming "out of their shell" so to speak. There's also the obvious route to go with where the camera or character focuses on a woman's booty. Then it's just a good energetic song on top of all of that. There are plenty of reasons this song has been overused. Hell, it was even in a Burger King commercial. There is no end to this rear end. 18: "All Star" by Smash Mouth
This song sucks. I think I legitimately hate it. It's just been shoved down our throats over and over again throughout the years. It pops up in tons of kid movies and hokey comedies. It's a catchy song, but it's not nearly as enjoyable as "Walking on the Sun" or even their cover of the Monkee's "I'm a Believer". Those songs were in movies too, but they didn't irk me as much. I seriously bet this song has been heard by 85% of all "first world" people. If you watched any form of entertainment in the past decade or two then you'll know this song. And dammit, you'll know it and you'll hate it. It's a lullaby for douchebags. 17: "Bad Reputation" by Joan Jett
I like Joan Jett too. I had the pleasure of seeing her play in Chicago a few years back. She put on a really good show and reminded me that she has her share of awesome hits. This is probably the biggest of those hits. I don't hate this song, but when it pops up in a movie it jars the hell out of me. It totally took me out of the big fight scene in Kick-Ass, but at the same time it was enjoyable as the opening credits for "Freaks and Geeks". If you want to make a character seem "rebellious", "edgy", "angry" or "punk" then you cue this song up and have the actor strut and smirk. It's paint-by-numbers rebellion. 16: "Back in Black/Highway to Hell" by AC/DC
AC/DC has made millions of dollars off being "overused" and "overplayed". They got overplayed because they put out kick ass rock and roll music. There is no other reason. They're not pretty boys, the flavor of the month, or any kind of novelty. They're one of the best hard rock bands of all time. The movie Iron Man used pretty much ALL of their hits, but it's not just that one. I had a hard time picking between two of their songs, but a lot of them are used in movies. The two that stood out are "Back in Black" and "Highway to Hell". I couldn't pick between the two. Even if you don't think you know, you do. The riffs, the chorus, and the lyrics are pretty music musical air. We've all breathed this air and will continue to do so as long as there are action movies or evilness. I'm cool with that. 15: "Empire State of Mind" by Jay Z & Alicia Keys
This is probably the most current song on the list. Who else is tired of hearing this song? I used to big a big Jay Z fan around ten years ago but lost my connection with his work since then. I don't dislike him, but I just don't feel a need to get all excited about him. He's still going to go down as one of the best of all time so there's no need to harp on it. Alicia Keys on the other hand is amazing, beautiful, and great. Her voice is outstanding on this song. I don't even think about Jay Z when I hear this song. All I hear is the soulfully sung chorus. It's a well done song, but it's just really over exposed, to the point of nausea. 14: "Bad To The Bone" by George Thorogood & The Destroyers
This song is called "Bad to the Bone", but I'm pretty sure this song was out before bones were even a thing. That's a long time, even longer if you ask non-secular folk. It's a damn good song. It's simple and to the point, but it's still all the balls and edge it needs to be. It's been used in tons of adverts and in tons of movies and television shows. It can be used in a cool way at times, like Terminator 2… but then it's also a victim of cheesier appearances. Regardless, I imagine this song is a big financial importance to Mr. Thorogood. No wonder the dude likes to drink a lone. 13: "How You Like Me Now" by The Heavy
I promise you, you know it. The sad part is that this is a song that I don't recall hearing completely, just snippets and the big parts. Did your character have a change of heart? An act of comeuppance? Even a turn for the worse? Then this is the song for you. I don't know ANY other song by the band The Heavy, that I know of. I didn't even know who sang this song until I looked it up. I just knew that 4 out of 3 movies have the soulful sas anthem that asks "How do ya like me now?" I'd like you better if you were a different song. 12: "Wouldn't It Be Nice?" by The Beach Boys
Wouldn't it be nice if more Beach Boys tracks were used in movies and television? Of course "God Only Knows" and "California Girls" and "Surfin' In The USA" are all popular and great songs but "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is used over and over again. It's such a beautiful song that it only gets cheapened when it pops up in mediocre movies trying to use a great song to make their mediocre scene not as mediocre. All it does it make us remember how great The Beach Boys are and makes it clearer that the unoriginal mediocre movie sucks. 11: "Walking On Sunshine" by Katrina and The Waves
I once knew a man who walked on sunshine. He has never been the same. This is such a happy and good-spirited song that it's hard not to love. The problem is that it's just everywhere. If there is a scene where someone is ecstatic or super happy then this is the song for them. Then there is also the ironic use of it like in "American Psycho" and pretty much "High Fidelity". It can be used in a few ways. Regardless, it's a crazy bubbly song that's easy to get into your bones. It's just a contagious smile waiting to happen. It's a good tune, but it's just used waaaay too much. I'm fairly certain there isn't much room on this said "sunshine" because of all the walking that's being done on it. I guess the only thing we can do is make sure we wear shoes and keep a good supply of sunscreen on us because this song isn't going anywhere.
What songs do YOU think are the most overused in music and television?
I am a big fan of basketball and a big fan of comedy film. Sometimes these two concepts meet up and sometimes it's actually enjoyable. The Hot Flashes is one of those times. The movie stars Brook Shields, Daryl Hannah, Wanda Sykes, Virginia Madsen, Camryn Manheim, Eric Roberts, and Mark Povinelli. So obviously, it's a strong ass cast. It's made up of "older" actresses for a reason. The movie centers around a former glorious high school girls' basketball team who have found themselves middle-aged and unappreciated. To raise money for breast cancer prevention, the women rally together to play the current, much younger, girls' team. The women all seem to be stuck in a rut in life and the change of pace seems to suit them all well. The characters are pretty much your run of the mill types for a movie like this. We have the strong lead, Shields, who is using the whole thing to avoid her real life problems. Wanda Sykes is the minority who is doing great things. She's not only a woman, but a black woman, which in Texas still isn't all that great of a place in life. She's running for office and the public eye is on her. Virginia Madsen and Camryn Manheim are the bad ass baddies of the crew, but not really. Both seem nice, but just stern in their ways. On top of this casting is Daryl Hannah, who plays a crazy hippy woman who is in denial about her sexuality. Her performance was really interesting and fun. She reminded me a lot of Val Kilmer in his weirder roles. That's not a bad thing at all. Then there's Eric Roberts. He's Brooke Shield's asshole husband, who… as you guessed it, is an asshole. The movie plays out how you'd expect any sports movie to go. Win or lose, you know people are going to embrace and learn from their experience at the end. But it's a comedy… so I know you're asking, "is it funny"? It is! It's an R-Rated comedy. It's not as brass as a "Bridesmaids", but it's a good vulgariffic movie. It's not over the top too much and keeps things grounded in reality. The truth is that this movie came and went really fast. I was never bored, I was engaged the entire time, and at the end I felt satisfied with my viewing choice of the night. If you're a fan of anyone involved, women's basketball, or just a nice light R-rated comedy then this is for you. It's like a Lifetime movie for women who aren't afraid of men. Watch this when you get a chance, it'll be worth it. B-
"Worst Case Scenario" is a new take on the concept of "fantasy booking". For years professional wrestling fans would spend endless hours of thinking up the coolest things that could happen. Why waste the energy? This only leads to high expectations. "Worst Case Scenario" flips that. Instead of looking through rose colored glasses, let's take a bi-weekly look at the worst possible scenarios in professional wrestling. I'm not going to be malicious or anything too mean, but I will not refrain from letting my brain come up with the worst possible shit I can. Sadly, it seems the writers and producers of mainstream TV wrestling and the mainstream iPPV level indies are doing the same thing but charging us for it. And now…
Everyone knows the story of the old Bret Hart "Screw Job". It was one of the biggest moments and works of all time. Wrestling has many black eyes involved, but this one is easily the most glorified black eye in wrestling history. The thing is that I truly think it was all a great orchestrated work! People still buy it to this day. It's almost passé now as Hogan talking about body slamming the four thousand pound, ten feet tall Andre The Giant. We know the story. We just don't care anymore.
I think the main reason is the fact they've hammered it into our heads for years. Bret Hart spent like a decade as a bitter old man complaining about the WWF every chance he got. The WWE made storylines out of it. They would run it into the ground over and over again. They would attempt to recreate "screw jobs" for years to come. I'm fairly certain about half of the WWE roster has experienced their own "screw job" storyline at this point.
So why stop there? Why not have the McMahons go all out and make EVERY MATCH of Wrestlemania Whatever the official "Screw Job-a-Mania"!?
EVERY MATCH…. Screw Job finish! The bell rings early, fast counts, weird and awkward interferences, strange count outs, and bizzare non-finishes that tease the fans with one result and then flips it for no reason whatsoever. At least they had a "reason" for the Hart Screw Job, but here it's just for fun.
They don't need a reason to screw anyone over. They just can and will!
David O. Russell is making a new movie. That's enough to get my attention. Once it was gotten, I learned that this movie has the potential to be amazing. Just based off the cast alone you'd have no choice but to imagine a great movie. Christian Bale stars as a con man who with his partner in crime and life, Amy Adams, that is forced to work with a crazy FBI agent played by Bradley Cooper. Things get all sorts of screwed up, but it looks and sounds like a lot of fun. I like movies that make you feel something. Movies like that don't leave you once the credits roll. It's just there and it lingers. This seems to have more "energy", but I think the tone will clearly be of substance. The cast will be awesome vessels for O. Russell and Eric Singer's script. Basically, it's a hybrid cast of "The Fighter" and "Silver Linings Playbook" with Louis C.K. making it even better. I'm perfectly fine with that. This means we get Bale, Adams, and Cooper but also Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jeremy Renner, Michael Pena, and Jack Huston to name a few. And did I mention Louis C.K.? Yeah, he's in this movie too!
That's all for now!
Sleep? Yes. Please. Next week will bring the next installment of the most over-used songs in movies, movie trailers, and on television. Should be some good rambling! From there, lots more randomness. Until next time… Have a Great Week!