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April 11, 2012 12:20 PM   Subscribe

"Don't Stop Believing" Sung By the Movies

See also:
Jay Z - 99 Problems with movies (and the script 'aint one)

Bryan Adams - Everything I Do (I do it for the movies)
posted by infinite intimation (33 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
obama "sings":
born this way
sexy and i know it
posted by nadawi at 12:26 PM on April 11, 2012


I was hoping this would be exactly what it said on the tin, as opposed to simply a flashing "words from movie titles that match the word in the lyrics" copout.

My wish was fulfilled.
posted by ShutterBun at 12:27 PM on April 11, 2012 [4 favorites]


I will only be satisfied when someone here lists the movies, in order. Get busy!
posted by HuronBob at 12:31 PM on April 11, 2012


...or they could just hit the closed caption button on the video which does that for you, HuronBob.
posted by mightygodking at 12:32 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


This song seems to work particularly well (compared to some of the other examples) because the lyrics are somewhat more spaced out, and the whole pacing of the song allows for a bit more screen time for each one (for the most part, anyway)

Wallace Shawn steals the show, as usual.
posted by ShutterBun at 12:35 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yeah, they pretty much had me at Wallace Shawn. Well done.
posted by Spatch at 12:37 PM on April 11, 2012


I'm actually kinda disappointed this scene from The Losers wasn't in there.

Which has become the only version I get in my head when someone mentions "Don't Stop Believing".

(Also? Chris Evans' chest in that tight white t-shirt. Jesus.)
posted by Katemonkey at 12:37 PM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


I'll just put this and this here
posted by davejay at 12:37 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


Previously: Hello (same person also made Last Happy Xmas).
posted by filthy light thief at 12:40 PM on April 11, 2012


Mad Max
?
?
Big Trouble in Little China
Clerks
Full Metal Jacket
Team America: World Police
?
?
?
Stand By Me
Return of the Jedi
Star Wars
?
Real Genius
?
Deliverance
?
?
Dune (?)
Robocop (2?)
Something by Miyazaki probably
?
The Lion King
?
The Big Lebowski
?
A Clockwork Orange
?
?
Caddyshack
Batman
Aliens
?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Alien
?
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
?
?
Labyrinth (?)
Toy Story (2? 3?)
The Princess Bride
?
Annie Hall
Napoleon Dynamite
Austin Powers in Goldmember
?
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
The Warriors
Fargo
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
?
Tron
?
?
?
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
?
Grindhouse trailers
PeeWee's Big Adventure
Interview with a Vampire (?)
Point Break
?
One of the Harry Potter movies
Boogie Nights
Airplane!
?
Reservoir Dogs
Hellraiser (2? 57?)
The Simpsons Movie
Office Space
No Country for Old Men
?
?
posted by griphus at 12:47 PM on April 11, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Actually, I'm not 100% of whether that's Empire or Jedi and which LoTR movie that's from.)
posted by griphus at 12:48 PM on April 11, 2012


Eh, more like songs spoken by the movies.
posted by OwlBoy at 12:48 PM on April 11, 2012


(Or, for that matter, which Mad Max movie that was.)
posted by griphus at 12:49 PM on April 11, 2012


Women of Mad Men sing 'Set Me Free'
posted by shakespeherian at 12:50 PM on April 11, 2012 [5 favorites]


All the movie titles appear under the movie, just hit the "CC" button.
(It was "The Road Warrior)
posted by infinite intimation at 12:55 PM on April 11, 2012


Where's the fun in that?
posted by griphus at 1:08 PM on April 11, 2012


Behind the knee, where it usually is.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:10 PM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


I noticed that Woody Harrelson turned up at least twice to speak his piece (EdTV and No Country for Old Men). I think the next logical step is to find some prolific actor (who thus has a lot of dialogue onscreen) and choose a song, and create a single-performer supercut, rendering it a bizarre spoken-word piece: the Jack Nicholson version of A Hard Day's Night or Kevin Bacon does Message in a Bottle or somesuch.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 1:11 PM on April 11, 2012 [6 favorites]


Why is Kevin Bacon doing Message In A Bottle such a compelling idea? Yet it is, this cannot be denied.
posted by davejay at 1:14 PM on April 11, 2012 [3 favorites]


ricochet biscuit: "...the Jack Nicholson version of A Hard Day's Night..."

I'd love to see him do Don't Stand So Close to Me
posted by zarq at 1:18 PM on April 11, 2012


It's short, but it goes on and on and on and on....
posted by GenjiandProust at 3:10 PM on April 11, 2012


Well done.
posted by danham at 3:23 PM on April 11, 2012


The timings grate on me, I could only make it about 15 seconds in. Come on, this is the age of computers!
posted by rhizome at 3:36 PM on April 11, 2012


Aw man, I was hoping that this would be a collection of all the times that Don't Stop Believin was sung in a movie, and thus that you could reconstruct the entire song with actors singing together, ala Christian Marclay's the Clock...
posted by suedehead at 4:18 PM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


Journey sucks.
They suck. Sorry. You may think you like them, but that’s only because you’ve liked them in an ironic way for so long that you bought into your own bullshit and can’t even remember who you are or what you actually like anymore. Everyone says they “love” Journey, which is fucking ridiculous. How many times have you been at a bar/party and “Don’t Stop Believing” comes on, leading to everyone screaming the lyrics at the top of their lungs? Most likely a bunch unless you sit at home and suck all the time. Everyone smiles beneath their backwards baseball hats and says, “Shit, man! I love this song!” But you don’t. You don’t love that song.

posted by philip-random at 5:01 PM on April 11, 2012


I clicked just to make sure that the final "people" was going to be from Soylent Green.

Was not disappointed.
posted by trackofalljades at 5:05 PM on April 11, 2012 [2 favorites]


Obama giving a speech where he just recites the lyrics to Born This Way (speaking, not singing) would, i think, work surprisingly well.
posted by dry white toast at 7:41 PM on April 11, 2012


Aw man, I was hoping that this would be a collection of all the times that Don't Stop Believin was sung in a movie, and thus that you could reconstruct the entire song with actors singing together, ala Christian Marclay's the Clock...

That's what I was afraid this was going to be. The song had such a resurgence in popularity the last couple of years (Glee didn't help), that I dreaded the idea of any song being that trendy... and I do like this song. But I liked the concept better when I first saw it used to have Obama doing a Rickroll. Very 2008.
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 9:29 PM on April 11, 2012


Cute. Nice job. I liked how the reaction shots in the pauses were carried on from the same movie as the last word in the phrase.
posted by Trochanter at 11:18 PM on April 11, 2012


Katemonkey, I thought the same thing. It is the only rendition of that song that matters and I'm not ashamed to admit that scene has made me watch The Losers about a dozen times. (cuz, I mean its already playing. Might as well start it from the beginning.)
posted by [insert clever name here] at 1:58 AM on April 12, 2012


Everyone smiles beneath their backwards baseball hats and says, “Shit, man! I love this song!” But you don’t. You don’t love that song.

I'll be the first to admit that I *LOVED* that song when it came out. (bought the 45rpm single, then saved up and bought "Escape") and listened to it a million-trillion times.

Then I got older, eventually gained a certain musical taste of my own, and giggled at my youthful indiscretion for having fallen for such a [insert appropriate derogatory description] song in the first place.

Then I got older again. The song started showing up as some sort of "guaranteed nostalgia" push-button trigger song. It was in "The Sopranos." It was in...I dunno, some other stuff. It had somehow become co-opted as a certain kind of "anthem" for "whatever time period that was that we're trying to appeal to" or something.

I grew still older (7 months previous to Present Day, approximately) I found myself living within earshot of the Hollywood Bowl, and being more or less privy (with careful listening) to whatever their summer concert series had on the menu. One night, I became aware that some band was apparently playing Journey cover songs. (via Facebook updates, I subsequently learned that this was, in fact "Journey", albeit with a new lead singer filling in for Steve Perry.

I heard all the big songs. Faithfully. Separate Ways. Wheel In The Sky. Any Way You Want It. Hot Blooded (whoops! I forgot to mention they were co-headlining with Foreigner)
As the set wore on, I knew. I fucking KNEW what their finale would be. As the last song of their set ended, and I heard the echoes of the crowd, I KNEW. Then I heard the faint piano chords through the hills, and all was confirmed. A second later, the crowd in the Bowl voiced their acknowledgement, as well.

Don't Stop Believin'.

As cheesy a rock mantra as you could choose. And I admit, I DUG THE HELL OUT OF IT from my garage a mile away. The fireworks afterwards might as well have been produced by the collective nostalgia of "anyone over 35" in the crowd, of which I'm sure there were many.

Also: my grade school music teacher Lanny Perry claimed to be Steve Perry's cousin. [unverified]
posted by ShutterBun at 3:12 AM on April 12, 2012


Also: my grade school music teacher Lanny Perry claimed to be Steve Perry's cousin. [unverified]

If he's still teaching, hopefully he's not claiming to be Katy Perry's cousin... Or uncle, I guess.

The neat thing about the song that I never noticed until it was pointed out, is that the chorus doesn't happen until the end. I guess that's what makes it feel so gratifying after a long, varied build-up. Unlike most songs today that are just chorus ad nauseum with brief, forgettable verses.

Actually, just for kicks, I'd like to see someone rework the song with that kind of structure...
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 3:54 AM on April 12, 2012


"Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario" just doesn't scan the same, does it?
posted by leapfrog at 5:56 AM on April 12, 2012


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