Sunday, September 04, 2005

movie quotes in music

i just recently 'acquired' an album by dj shadow, a very prominent figure in american cutups. the reason i got this was due solely to track 5 on cd2- stem (cops and robbers mix) which contains a lot of voice overs from the film heat 1995 (dir michael mann) mixed over one of shadows earlier tracks. naturally this can pose a lot of questions on copyright boundaries, but since not a lot has been developed on that front recently, ill stick to the content. The original track resembles the sound of say, moby. It’s a slow melancholic synthesizer which very nicely underscores the content of the dialogue, which is sequenced in an order different to the way it plays out in the film, but creates its own separate unified narrative. The fact that I got the song attributes to the power of the franchise, but like the che Guevara picture in the news today, it means something slightly more that the hard drive its saved on. In my opinion, a good reproduction using the quotes can extend the film’s message and the social circulation of its themes. On the other hand it can be used for dissent, as in the negativland example in class (the u2 one) or parody like weird al yankovic. As long as we have equal access to create and receive all stems of the spectrum, I have no quarrels with the idea of ripping movie quotes into songs. I can only hope that there are more talented people who like the movies that I like, but hey, what can you do?

I am also interested in other peoples recommendations for this kind of stuff- movie quotes cut into or rather, stitched seamlessly into songs. the last track on the fight club soundtrack is another very good example.
so- anyone with any suggestions- hook me up. obviously i only like good movies but hey its a big world so hit me with anything you got, and im not talking negativland cubist distorted static stuff, im thinking more like moby or dj shadow.

marc t


At 11:39 AM, Blogger Daniel Sadgrove said...

Immortal Technique has used movie quotes a couple of times in his songs.

In the song 'Cause of Death' he takes one from Scarface.

"He is scheduled for 60 Minutes next. He is going on
French, Italian, Japanese television. People
everywhere are starting to listen to him. It's embarassing"

He uses it out of context to the films original intention, but the way he used it works really well in relation to the songs lyrics (which are anti-bush). Also the beat for this song is sampled from Scarface too.

In Peruvian Cocaine from Immortal Technique he uses quotes from two movies. First of, in the intro to the song he takes another quote from Scarface

"Host: I've heard whispers about the financial support
your government receives from the drug industry.

Guest: Well, the irony of this, of course, is that
this money, which is in the billions, is coming from
your country. You see, you are the major purchaser of
our national product, which is of course cocaine.

Host: On one hand, you're saying the United States
government is spending millions of dollars to
eliminate the flow of drugs onto our streets. At the
same time, we are doing business with the very same
goverment that is flooding our streets with cocaine.

Guest: Mmm-hmm, si, si. Let me show you a few other
characters that are involved in this tragic comedy."

After this he takes on the role of a worker, a cocaine field boss, peruvian leader, an american drug distributor, a drug dealer, an undercover cop, then an inmate in his verses. At the end of this he takes a quote from the movie New Jack City

"I'm not guilty. YOU'RE the one that's guilty. The
lawmakers, the politicians, the Columbian drug lords,
all you who lobby against making drugs legal. Just
like you did with alcohol during the prohibition.
You're the one who's guilty. I mean, c'mon, let's kick
the ballistics here: Ain't no Uzi's made in Harlem.
Not one of us in here owns a poppy field. This thing
is bigger than (Immortal Technique). This is big
business. This is the American way."


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