- 1Up 109Down 37Just gonna put this out there, and although we don't wanna rock any boats, we'll be the first ones to admit it. You know what? We HATE this song. By "we," I mean "the thinking people of America."
And I think it's because of how Hollywood has saturated every part of our lives with this song. It's in video games, television, and movies such as Digimon: The Movie, Inspector Gadget, seemingly every single Shrek movie and "Mystery Men" (where they apparently had enough people on staff who smoked crack that they decided to make this the theme of their movie).
We would donate our dozens of dollars to charity to never have to hear this song in a movie (or life) ever again.
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Kung Fu FightingAn original B-side song, recorded in ten minutes by a Jamaican dude name Carl doesn't exactly motivate the listener to allow their minds to be transported to a dreamworld of dragons, egg rolls, and other supercool Asian stuff. Oh wait, that is exactly the kind of Asia that a song like "Kung Fu Fighting" makes the listener connect with. With appearances in everything from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie to Rush Hour 3, it seems like City of God is one of the only movies on this song's list of cultural infiltration that is actually worth being proud of.
Shockingly, the song was also used in the Dreamworks's movie Kung Fu Panda (gasp!), which is actually a cute movie if you're seven or like drugs. Fast-forward to the 0:34 mark to begin your immersion in Asian culture, the Hollywood way.
Thanks Carl! Now all martial arts comedies will be able to share one CD (who are we kidding, this is totally on a beta) for their soundtrack until the end of time.
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Walking on Sunshine - Katrina & The WavesThe embedded trailer for High Fidelity uses the song for its intended purpose, super great feelings. This is what you use in a trailer when your characters are feeling a few notches above "I Feel Good." When people want to jump on tables, run while their hair bounces, drive off in a car, wear sunglasses, or dance for no reason, this is the song to play.
Cheesy/lame uses of it? Most def. Check out this trailer for Mr. Bean.
"Eye of the Tiger" (cause really, we're not sick of that one, it will last forever)
"Wake Up" by Arcade Fire (give it a few years, it'll belong here)
"Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (watch Indie trailers for it)
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ABCNo question, you know this song. You've heard it in Clerks 2 and in the part of any movie trailer where a kooky guy (or crew of guys) has to change their ways or take on a seemingly impossibly task. Who knows what could happen? Craziness ensues! But no matter what does, you know that everything is going to be OK because it's "ABC" time, so go see their crappy movie!
Here's the trailer for Daddy Day Care (you're welcome). At 1:16 the song starts, giving us the perfect, cliche example of how Hollywood uses this song.
That's right, if you have a child running amok or a clueless man learning anything in a movie, Tito Jackson is sure to get a check.
Perhaps the saddest thing about this song though is that it was responsible for kicking "Let It Be" out of the number one Billboard spot in 1970.
Oh, and for those who just can't get enough of the first three letters of the alphabet, you can download this jam for Rock Band or play it on Band Hero.
But seriously, please don't.
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