Monday Night at the Movies

I’ve just got home from the cinema (fourth time this year! I’m really making use of this “Unlimited” use monthly subscription, right?), and this time it was to see Edgar Wright’s “Baby Driver”.

In case you’re unfamiliar with Edgar’s work, he’s most famous for the TV sitcom Spaced”, and the subsequent Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, “Shaun of the Dead”, “Hot Fuzz” and “The World’s End”, all of which are great, Spaced” and Shaun of the Dead” especially.

“Baby Driver” is the tale of a young getaway driver who, due to a medical condition, permanently listens to music on one of his many iPods. I’ll not give away any more than that it has one hell of a soundtrack.

Put it this way: the first song you hear is this raucous corker:

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The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bellbottoms

I settled back into my chair, knowing just from this, that I was in safe hands.

Moments later, there’s this:

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Bob & Earl – Harlem Shuffle

And then, within what seems to be just a couple of breaths, this, which is included for fairly obvious reasons:

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Carla Thomas – B-A-B-Y

When the lead character first hears this, he doesn’t¬†recognise it, and has to ask the person playing it what it is. Now, it’s on occasions like this that I wish I wasn’t such a dad old loner, sitting in the cinema on my own with popcorn and Coke Zero spilled down my shirt, for what I wanted to do next was turn to¬†my companion and say: “It’s “B-A-B-Y” by Carla Thomas, it’s on Stax Records, and it’s wonderful, as is the version Rachel Sweet released on Stiff Records in 1978″.

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Rachel Sweet – B-A-B-Y

But as I leaned in to impart this knowledge, I realised that I didn’t know the person sitting next to me, and that maybe¬†revealing my inner nerd to them wasn’t a great idea. That’s what this place is for, after all.

Another record that I adore also features:

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Young MC – Know How

So yeah,¬†a pretty darned diverse soundtrack which, if I didn’t already own about 90% of I’d be rushing to buy right now instead of writing this. I’m quite literally having to stop myself from posting every song from it that I own.

Anyway, what’s especially impressive about the movie is that it’s all¬†choreographed to fit with the music being played; so guns are fired and reloaded to the beat, car gear changes are synced to chord progressions.

Oh, and Jamie Foxx, John Hamm and Kevin Spacey are all in it, which gives a fair indication as to the quality on show here. Jon Spencer also gets a brief cameo (as do Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Big Boi from Outkast. And probably loads more I didn’t spot.)

Midway through the film, a track appears which is just so incredibly well placed, so perfect for the moment, I reached down into my bag, pulled out my own iPod, and scrolled through to line it up ready to listen to, loudly, on the way home.

Now, ordinarily this would probably have gone unnoticed. I like there to be an¬†exclusion zone around me when I¬†go to¬†the cinema, so I had reserved my seat in advance, this morning, and had made sure I picked one as I usually do: aisle seat,¬†towards the back, with nobody either in front of,¬†alongside (and preferably behind) me.¬†But, as I already mentioned, someone was sitting next to me, a group of three lads, who I didn’t know, and who must have booked their tickets after I did, the cunning swines.

The one sitting next to me, who so narrowly escaped having me¬†whisper¬†about Carla Thomas and Rachel Sweet to him earlier on, clocks what I’m doing and leans over to me.

“Mate, do you know what this tune is?” he asked.

Ah shoot. You had to ask, didn’t you?

“Do you not know what this tune is?” I replied.

He shook his head.

“It’s…

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Focus – Hocus Pocus

…” I tell him.

He gives me a look.

“Are you taking the piss?”

I show him my iPod, Dutch prog-rock track cued up ready to go.

“Nope. Deadly serious.”

“Fair enough,” he says, before leaning back¬†to his mate sitting on¬†his right, presumably, to pass on the knowledge.

The film finished, I left the cinema, and listened to “Hocus Pocus” several times on repeat as I walked home.

What I’m trying to say is: if you love music (and since you’re here, I assume that you do) and great films, especially ones with more than its’ fair share of car chases, do yourself a favour and go see this.

More soon.

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Friday Night Music Club

Yey! We made it to Friday again! Give yourself a pat on the back. And then have a listen to the next five tunes in our season of Friday Night pleasers.

rachel-sweet-baby-stiff Rachel Sweet – B-A-B-Y

a1805125747_10 Nick Pride & The Pimptones – White Lines

Bet you’re expecting me to play the original next aren’t you? Well, that’s not how we roll around these parts, I’m afraid (but fear not, it’ll crop up sooner or later). 

Instead, we’re going back to the 70s…

37054-200x200 The James Taylor Quartet – The Theme from “Starsky & Hutch”

..and specifically, we’re going to go all Blaxploitation flick on yo’ass..

womack_bobb_across110_105b Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

510cBiPgbIL Curtis Mayfield – Superfly

Not long after I moved to London, I was travelling on the tube and my ipod, unbidden and on shuffle, gave me those last three songs in that order. I have never felt so “street” in my life, and found myself striding along the platform with a distinct superfly guy strut, much, I imagine, to the amusement of my fellow commuters.

More soon.