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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 18, 2009 at 1:26 PM

“Rock Lobster,” and other unexpected movie songs

This review of the B-52s concert last night by my Times pal Andrew Matson (check out his blog, all you music lovers) made me think of “Knocked Up.” Not that it’s one of my favorite movies, but it features an absolutely classic use of the song “Rock Lobster” (and surely you know and love this song, because if you don’t we can’t be friends). And it got me thinking about pop music and the movies. Too many directors tend to just toss pop songs into movies to create mood, letting the song do all the work; but sometimes a filmmaker finds a song that perfectly fits the mood that’s already been created. I think of the last song in “Rushmore” — anybody remember the name of it, as everyone dances together? — and how it just seemed to perfectly sum up the warm feelings that the film created. And all the wistful Simon and Garfunkel tunes in “The Graduate.” And, in a very different way, “Rock Lobster” as the background to a frenzied, drunken hookup. Do you have a favorite unexpected movie song? Do share.
And, because I couldn’t find the appropriate “Knocked Up” clip (and it might have been Not Safe For Work anyway), here’s “Rock Lobster” all by itself. Because it’s that kind of day.

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