I totally hijacked this meme from my darling Gabriel at Modern Fabulousity because I was enchanted by the idea. Here's how it works:
- You're given a list of scenes, from opening credits to end credits, each of which must have a song.
- Open iTunes and set it to shuffle.
- Hit play and see what pops up for each scene.
- Make up a title and pick a cast.
So, here's my cast:
- Angelina Jolie as me (oh, like you didn't see that one coming)
- Ewan Macgregor as Jason
- Helen Mirren as my mom
- Greg Dulli as himself
Opening Credits: “To Make a Friend, Be a Friend” by David Sedaris
A painful tale of adolescent angst, written and read by the incomparable Sedaris. Not a great beginning for a film, though. It almost dares you to keep watching.
Waking Up: “She’s a Beauty” by The Tubes
My hand to God, I didn’t cheat on this one. But as J can attest, I am anything but a beauty first thing in the morning. I love this song so much, I halted the meme long enough to listen to it twice. (I sang harmony and chair-danced the second time.)
First Day At School: “Push On Some More” by Sahara Hotnights
There are a few hundred songs in my collection that I’ve never gotten around to listening to. This is one of them. It’s pretty good, like Siouxsie Sioux with more guitars. Just the kind of mood for the shrill combat that is, say, junior high.
Falling In Love: “Waiting for You” by Seal
Man, I am hitting the jackpot so far, once you get past those opening credits. This would be perfect for meeting J, as long as I didn’t have to have the upcoming breakup scene with him.
Fight Song: “World in Motion” by New Order
Apparently, my fight takes place on the pitch during a World Cup match while Bernard Sumner laconically cheers me on. I’m okay with that.
Breaking Up: “Housetrack” by Alex Neri
Clearly, I have one of those sassy, I’m-better-off-without-you breakups. This is actually a great soundtrack for walking away with a switch in your step and never looking back.
Prom: “Neglekted” by the Afghan Whigs
Damn. I’ve got one freaky-ass prom. (Trust me: sodomizing Greg Dulli with a strap-on would have been a vast improvement over either of my actual proms. Vast.)
Life: “The Passenger” by Iggy Pop
I love the Igster’s voice on this one. “And everything looks good tonight.” This would accompany footage of me going about my day with a lazy grin on my face.
Mental Breakdown: “Poetic Tragedy” by The Used
Yahtzee! “The cup is not half empty as pessimists say” – it starts off wistful, but ends with a suicide, all to some of Bert McCracken’s most desperate yelping.
Driving: “Who’s That Girl” by Madonna
Oh, like you didn’t sing and car-dance along to this one during the summer of 1987. I remember a friend of mine saying at the time, “What’s the best thing about [MTV’s] No Repeat Monday? You only have to see ‘Who’s That Girl’ once.”
Flashback: “Warning Sign” by Coldplay
Oh, this bespeaks a scene of take-me-back desperation. I’d be whispering, “and the truth is that I miss you so,” my forehead resting on my glass of scotch, my voice breaking at the end.
Wedding: “Expecting” by the White Stripes
Hmmm. Apparently I have a shotgun wedding.
Birth of Child: “Space Age Love Song” by A Flock of Seagulls
Not bad! “I saw your eyes, and it made me smile, and for a little while, I was falling in love.” I played this one a couple of times too. Highly underrated as a dance track as well as a gorgeous pop single.
Final Battle: “Crystal” by New Order
This sounds more like the prepare-for-battle song, with its minor edgy guitars and rapid drum beats. I guess I could work it into a catchphrase, though. “It was summer. Now it’s autumn… bitch.”
Death Scene: “You Can Have It All” by the Kaiser Chiefs
Oh, now that’s just rubbing my face in it. “It’s not my fault, I don’t care; I don’t regret a single thing.” I’ll have one of those bittersweet death scenes, clearly.
Funeral Song: “Dog New Tricks” by Garbage
Whoa. I don’t know what to do with that. Well… “Everyone I know has gone away, died or left or just forgot to stay.” I guess the kid that was born three songs ago is now a sullen teenager who wears half a pound of eyeliner to his or her sainted mother’s funeral. I’m okay with that; circle of life and all that.
End Credit: “We Might As Well Be Strangers” by Keane
Okay, now this is an interesting counterpoint to the opening credits. We’ve gone from being friends to being strangers. Wow. My movie is kind of a bummer.
Try it yourselves! If nothing else, it might remind you of some great songs in your collection.