2 Jul 2017

Songs That Defined The Movies - A Playlist by The Khanz's Nick Moran.

Photo by: Elli Rose 

Bassist and Vocalist Nick from Sydney's uber groovy band The Khanz kindly took some time out of his busy schedule a little while ago to compile a playlist of epic proportions, a mere 29 tracks long. One that 'contains some of [his] favourite moments in film.' The playlist includes some 'repeat offenders', mainly in terms of music from Tarantino films and some classics from John Williams. As I am sure each track brings back some iconic moments in the films for Nick, I am certain it will do the same for you when you read and listen to the playlist.

The playlist in its entirety and some reasons why Nick chose these particular songs are down below (highlighted tracks are explained).

  1. Miserlou - Dick Dale
  2. It Ain't Gonna Be Me - CJ Bolland
  3. I'm Shipping Up To Boston - Dropkick Murphys
  4. Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
  5. Bustin' Out (On Funk) - Rick James
  6. Sexy Boy - Air
  7. Talk Show Host - Radiohead
  8. Stuck In The Middle With You - Stealers Wheel
  9. Bankrobber - The Clash
  10. Hooked On A Feeling - Blue Swede
  11. The Imperial March (Darth Vader's Theme) - John Williams, John Neal
  12. Perfect Day - Lou Reed
  13. Hedwig's Theme - John Williams
  14. Heroes - David Bowie
  15. New Slang - The Shins
  16. The Bridge Of Khazad Dum - Howard Shore
  17. Where Is My Mind? - Pixies
  18. The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
  19. II Buono, II Cattivo, II Brutto (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Ennio Morricone
  20. Nightclubbing - Iggy Pop
  21. I'm Your Boogie Man - KC & The Sunshine Band
  22. Cross The Tracks (We Better Go Back) - Maceo And The Macks
  23. Drink Up, Me Hearties - The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 
  24. Hero - Regina Spektor
  25. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow - The Soggy Bottom Boys
  26. Theme From Jurassic Park - John Williams
  27. Born Slippy (Nuxx) - Underworld
  28. Winter - Lux Aeterna - The London Ensemble
  29. A Dark Knight - Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard

“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television.”
“Trainspotting” may just be my favourite movie ever and it opens to the iconic “Lust For Life” by Iggy Pop. I can’t listen to this song without seeing Renton (Ewan McGregor) sprinting away from the cops and his manical laugh after he’s almost killed by a car. Overall one of my favourite openings to a film. Danny Boyle really nailed everything in this.
What really makes “Trainspotting” amazing to me though is the contrast. Later in the film in when Renton reaches his lowest point, “Perfect Day” by Lou Reed slides in. As Renton slips into the carpet overdosing, it highlights how far the film has come. From joy and laughter to heartbreaking.

Defining an entire series of Classic Movies with one song sounds pretty damn impossible but somehow these composers were able to pull it off. John Williams with the Imperial March (Darth Vaders Theme) from "Star Wars” and Hedwigs Theme from “Harry Potter” was able to instantly put the film and imagery in the forefront of your head as soon as the theme began. Can’t express my love enough for these songs.

                                                                                    FIGHT CLUB
I was first introduced to The Pixies through “Fight Club”. Watching the ending of the movie as the buildings are getting blown up and hearing “Where Is My Mind” was a pretty big moment in my teenage years and started a love affair with a truly genre defining band.

Like every teenager growing up you churn through so many high school comedies. “Superbad” stands out for me not just because the humour was so on point, but because the soundtrack was so god damn groovy. "Bustin Out” by Rick James just somehow works so well with this movie and its characters. Gets me everytime.

To get the nostalgia going I put “Sexy Boy” by Air on here. I can’t count the amount of times I’ve seen “10 Things I Hate About You”. Bit more sombre now since Heath Ledger’s death, but I can’t help but see flyers getting thrown down some high school steps every time this song comes on. 90’s classic.

Lastly I need to mention the Iconic songs from Tarantino’s two films “Reservior Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction”. There’s probably not much I can say about this that hasn’t been before. Dick Dale’s “Miserlou” kicks “Pulp Fiction” in the gut as soon as it starts and helps set the tone for such a classic movie. When “Stuck in the Middle With You” comes on there must be hundreds of thousands of people who think about a guy dancing around a tied up cop, slashing him and cutting his ear off. Tarantino would be proud.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify

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