6 Songs That Evoke Movie Scenes

Hannibal Lecter was more of a classical guy than a rock guy.

Steve Wiley is Up on the Sun's resident Record Store Geek. Biweekly, he shares stories of great music and whacky characters from his continuing 27 years in Valley record stores and the always-zany music biz.

When you are a music geek like I am, you are constantly aware of the music that's playing.

At a restaurant. At the bar. At the game. At anything.

I especially hear it during movies. So I often end up linking certain songs and certain movie scenes. It's just the way I do it.

You too? Maybe you can relate to this little ditty.

Wait a Minute, Aren't You the Record Store Geek?

Yes, my primary thing is music, but every record store I've been a part of has sold and/or rented movies as well as music, so my "expertise" includes movies too.

I love 'em both, dammit.

So let's get on with it.

Six Songs That Evoke Movie Scenes

Normally, this is the place where I explain the "list rules." Not today. I'm feeling rowdy.

I do want to take the opportunity to say that I LOVE Youtube. It's just a shy of my imagination when it comes to calling up what I want, and I found all but one of these scenes (not all of which are obvious).


Movie: Silence of the Lambs
Song: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "American Girl"

This scene is one of my favorites in a sea of amazing scenes in one of the all-time great movies.

To start with, I love Petty. Love the song. And I love the way actress Brooke Smith gets into it. In that short snippet, she makes you like her Nashville-girl character. Cute, but hardly perfect -- and probably cool as hell. I was hooked when she doubled up with Tom and the backup singers when they sang "make it last all night" twice.

Then the brilliant cut to the night vision goggles and the wicked Buffalo Bill.

Then back to the rock classic, and my new buddy, who gets out of the car and says "Hey, Little Cheaper" to her cat, only to have her good nature get the best of her intelligence as she falls for Bill's ingenious scheme (acted supremely by Ted Levine).

Are you kidding? Don't get in the damn truck!

Bingo, the song shall be forever linked to a psycho serial killer. (Might I add that the score part of this scene is also perfect).

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Paco Gee II
Paco Gee II

lol well when I think of a song and a movie scene "Steeler's Wheel's song comes to mind hahaha

Brandi Cruz
Brandi Cruz

Almost Famous, then my mind wanders to Tony Danza. :)


Martin Scorsese uses pop music in movies incredibly well. "Rags to Riches" from "Goodfellas" "Satisfaction" by Devo in "Casino". Really too many to name. Plus he directed "The Last Waltz." Best concert film ever.

Grant Oden
Grant Oden

Say anything should be "in your eyes" Peter Gabriel and breakfast club should be in here with "forget about me" pretty sure that's not the name of the song but you know what I mean


Movie: Almost Famous
Music: Elton John "Tiny Dancer"

I'm not sure I want this scene to define this song, and I'm not sure why.

I can tell you why. Because it's already been defined by WKRP in Cincinnati.

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