The music of the song Havoc B by Enter Shikari would be great for the opening credits/scenes of a violent spy or gangster movie, an action thriller type. I’ve always thought since I first heard the song that if I ever do the soundtrack to a movie, I would open it with this. Another one that would be perfect is an instrumental version of The New Shit by Marilyn Manson. Probably best for a cyber/hacking part or something to that effect.
There are tons of songs that could go well in movies, they just either A. don’t get used, B. aren’t known by the producers or even by the population in general, or C. just aren’t the best possible fit for the movie it’s being considered for. Because let’s face it, there are millions upon millions of songs, by almost as many “artists.”
Using songs in a movie generally has a couple of reasons or effects. First off, you use a popular song to sell a movie, and you use the movie to sell the songs too. I got a copy of the song Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s in 2011, and then in 2012 it featured in the movie Project X, and to me seemed like it was all of a sudden a house party favorite, when before it was relatively unknown despite first coming out in 2009. Another reason to use a song in a movie is to enhance a scene. X Gonna Give It To Ya in Deadpool could not have been a better fit. It made that scene so much more than it would have been otherwise. Brilliant. This kind of enhancement will be my sole reason to use a song. If it isn’t perfect, it’s not going in.
I know at the beginning of this post I said Havoc B would make a great movie opener. I’m just going to say now that it will make a great movie opener. I’m going to write a movie (or more appropriately, a book with the intent of it becoming a movie) just so that I can control the soundtrack.
I already have some ideas for some action scenes, though they’re more suited to a spy movie, while I picture Enter Shikari opening a gangster film. I might just have to write a crossover. We’ll see what happens.
I’ll post updates as I come up with more songs to use as well. These two are a bit dated, though still perfect. I’ll use newer songs if/when appropriate, but I feel like that’s a big IF, especially the way music in general has been heading the last couple of decades…
Comment if you have any ideas or songs you’d like to see in any kind of movie, past, present or future.