Because it’s Friday, let’s shake things up a little bit. It’s reader participation time. Here’s my five favorite film music moments from more than 30 years of going to the movies. List your own in the comments and we’ll compare notes:
1. “I Melt With You,” Modern English (“Valley Girl,” 1983). This teesploitation flick, which starred a very young Nicholas Cage and Deborah Foreman was a mainstay of late-night cable when I was in my early teens in the 1980s. I remember seeing it on USA’s old “Night Flight” TV show on some far-flung Saturday night of my youth. The main theme was this tune from Modern English. And, bless them, the band has been dining out on it ever since:
2. “In Your Eyes,” Peter Gabriel (“Say Anything,” 1989). If you aren’t moved by this scene, check yourself for a pulse.
3. “Mo Better Blues,” Branford Marsalis/Terrence Blanchard (“Mo Better Blues,” 1990). For my money, this is my favorite Spike Lee movie. And it’s the one that made me fall in love with jazz all over again. I saw it in a movie theater in Paris’ Montparnasse neighborhood. And I can’t watch it now without thinking of that smoky theater, where I drank red wine and ate really good chocolate.
4. “Never Say Never,” Romeo Void (“Reckless,” 1984). An all-but-forgotten 1980s reboot of “Rebel Without A Cause,” this time starring Aidan Quinn and Darryl Hannah. It was notable mostly for the fact that it exposed me to this terrific song from Romeo Void.
5. “Dyslexic Heart,” Paul Westerberg (“Singles,” 1992). This was the moment when I thought GenX was finally going to get its definitive moment on film. It didn’t happen. And it still hasn’t. But this Paul Westerberg song is amazing.
All right … now it’s your turn.
I will always love the “candy-colored clown” scene from Blue Velvet, with Frank Booth and Suave Ben: