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ABC - The Jackson 5No 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!BUY @ amazon
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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Kung Fu Fighting - Carl DouglasAn original B-side song, recorded in ten minutes by a Jamaican dude name Carl doesn't exactly motiviate 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.BUY @ amazon
Shockingly, the song was also used in the Dreamworks' 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.
- 8Up 16Down 4"I don't give a damn about my bad reputation!"BUY @ amazon
Used in "Shrek," "10 Things I Hate About You," "Baby Mama" and a few others, Joan Jett's "Bad reputation" has got a bad reputation for being used in otherwise pretty decent movie trailers. It's just not right to do this sort of thing to an awesome song!
Formerly used as the theme song for the great canceled-way-too-early NBC show "Freaks & Geeks," this song is being overused in trailers like "Kick-Ass" and any other trailer that involves children fighting back or something juvenile or anthropomorphic rebelling in some way, shape or form.
See for yourself. Here's Joan's song being used in one of its most cliche ways in the "Kick-Ass" movie trailer (1:40).
- 9Up 20Down 8Ah yes, the ubiquitous anthem of every ass kicking, bone breaking and tights-wearing action movie trailer. Why? Because it's obvious.BUY @ amazon
With such moving and thought provoking lyrics like "Let the bodies hit the floor.Let the bodies hit the floor. Let the bodies hit the floor. Let the bodies hit the floor. Let the bodies hit the floor."
Yeah, that's about it.
In any movie where bodies need to, or will be, hitting the floor you can bet your sweet ass that at some point you will hear the brutally-metal voices of Drowning Pool letting you know that they're going to be allowing something, and that something is bodies hitting the god damn floor.
Skip to 1:19 in this trailer for "Jason X" to hear the satisfying thud of some bodies. Also used in Vin Diesel movies and crappy, not-going-to-make-their-money-back-in-theatres movies, which are essentially the same thing.
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