I heard it through the movies…
Five Favourite Songs from Film Soundtracks.
In this the latest blog collaboration with Banzai Retro Club, we’re looking back at those songs that made those retro movie soundtracks so memorable. I was big soundtrack fan in the 1980s and collected those rather than regular music albums. Even now, I can only remember iconic songs if you mention the movie they were in rather than the album. Luckily, Darlin’ Husband is a film buff so he can relate to this quirk quite easily.
So it was difficult for me, in selecting just 5 from the enormous list of songs from movies made before 2000. So methodically, I excluded those from musicals, those much adored instrumental numbers and musical biopic films. So expect those songs in posts, on another day. I also excluded James Bond theme songs as so many good ones, they deserve a list on their own.
Here’s the final 5, in no particular order.
Harold and Maude (1971) – Cat Stevens, If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out
Harold & Maude – If you want to sing out, sing out – Ruth Gordon, nasdarovie, http://www.youtube.com
This black comedy is on my to watch and review this year. I promise. The film tells of Harold (Bud Cort), a 18-year-old who is obsessed with death, and his strong friendship and eventual relationship with 79-year-old, Maude (Ruth Gordon). The pair meeting at a funeral. She is a lovely wee happy-go-lucky character and her enthusiasm for life rubs off on him.
This Cat Stevens song is a fantastical tribute to her inspiring character, and was sung by Ruth Gordon in the movie. This scene combined with this uplifting song, demonstrating Maude’s personality perfectly. As both this song and the plot demonstrate how her enthusiasm for life is slowly transforming Harold. However this scene could have sounded completely different, as the original soundtrack artist was Elton John. He dropped out of the film and recommended Cat Stevens to replace him. With this song is one of Cat Stevens’ original pieces. The song also makes an appearance at the end of the movie. But how…check it out to find out.