Monday 8 April 2024

Generic list post: New York's alright...

Party Sparty whipped up a list of his favourite songs recorded for movies set in Noo Yawk. Great topic, lemme rock it: 20 Martorialist faves from N.Y.C movies/movie soundtracks which aren't on the Spartorialist's list. Very annoying that so many of the best soundtrack-exclusive Rap songs of the 90s were for movies based in California, but I guess that's the universe course-correcting New York bias or sumfink.

Krzysztof Komeda - Dream (1968)
Edwin Starr - Easin' In (1973)
Badder Than Evil - Hot Wheels (The Chase) (1973)
Curtis Mayfield - Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here (1977)
Keith Emerson - The Chase (1981)
John Lurie - The Lamposts Are Mine (1984)
Melle Mel & The Furious Five - Beat Street Breakdown (1984)
Arthur Baker - Breaker's Revenge (1984)
Madonna - Into The Groove (1985)
Beastie Boys - Desperado (1988)
Grand Puba - Fat Rat (1991)
Biggie Smalls - Party & Bullshit (1993)
Crooklyn Dodgers '95 - Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers (1995)
Mobb Deep ft. Big Noyd & Rakim - Hoodlum (1997)
Vincent Gallo - Lonely Boy (1998)
Clint Mansell - Summer Overture (2000)
Harry Gregson-Williams - First Call (2002)
50 Cent ft. Young Buck - I'll Whip Ya Head Boy (2005)
Tony Yayo - Fake Love (2005)
Julian DeMarre & Heiko Male - Moe At Work (2019)

Related: if you've ever wanted a wordless animated bromance between a dog & a robot set in 1980s New York which features a breakdancing scene set to T La Rock's Breakdown then Robot Dreams is the movie 4 u. Best bittersweet buddy comedy flick since Brian & Charles, and the freedom of animation means they've been able to recreate 80s New York in a way no live action movie ever could. My fave movie of 2024 so far.


Spartan said...

Great list.

A bunch of songs on there I regret not including.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Especially Party & Bullshit right?

Confession: my fave John Lurie track from the Stranger Than Paradise OST is #actually A Woman Can Take You To Another Universe (Sometimes She Justs Leaves You There), but the title wouldn't fit on one line on the blog page 🤦‍♂️

Spartan said...

D'oh! Completely forgot about Party & Bullshit. Never watched Who's the Man? but I'm guessing its soundtrack is better than the film on the strength of the Biggie song alone.

Namely meant Easin' In, Hot Wheels (The Chase), Hoodlum and Lux Aeterna; a variation of the Mansell composition from Requiem for a Dream you already listed.

Kelvin Mack10zie said...

Who's The Man? is a decent comedy tbf. Stars Doctor Dre & Ed Lover and Denis Leary. Features cameos from loadsa rappers including Ice-T, Busta and Bushwick Bill.