Top 25 Movie Music Moments Part 4

Iggy Pop, Bobby Womack, The Stones and more...
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Day four of our Top 25 Movie Music Moments takes in such classic film moments as Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' in 'Trainspotting', Jackson Browne's 'Late For The Sky' from 'Taxi Driver', Simon & Garfunkel's contribution to 'The Graduate' The Rolling Stones' 'Jumpin' Jack Flash' in 'Mean Streets' iconic scene and, from 'Jacky Brown', Bobby Womack's 'Across 110th Street'.

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Read the first part of our rundown HERE, the second part HERE and the third part HERE.

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10. TRAINSPOTTING: IGGY POP - ‘LUST FOR LIFE’



A film overflowing with tunes gets off to a rollicking start with a pavement pounding introduction to Renton and Spud racing along the street, police not far behind, to the propulsive beats of ‘Lust For Life’. In a moment this uncompromising anthem for doomed youth entered the nation’s consciousness forever.

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9. TAXI DRIVER: JACKSON BROWNE - ‘LATE FOR THE SKY’




When the object of your affections is offended by a date at a porn cinema and work is interrupted by skunk pussies, life gets you down. Set to Jackson Browne’s heartbroken classic, De Niro’s anti-hero Travis Bickle watches couples dance on television and finally loses the last segment of his sanity.

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8. THE GRADUATE: SIMON & GARFUNKEL - ‘MRS ROBINSON’




This is a true instance of concept, song and film being thought of synonymously. Although it’s used as a leitmotif throughout the movie’s entire second half, the ultimate cougar call wasn’t actually written especially for it, as is supposed. The words were ultimately changed at the director’s behest.

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7.MEAN STREETS: THE ROLLING STONES - ‘JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH’




Scorsese is the sublime soundtrack master. Here a sinuously slow tracking shot sweeps the length of the room towards Harvey Keitel, cutting back to reveal a never bettered showman’s entrance; De Niro’s cocky Johnny Boy swaggering through the red bathed bar with a lady on each arm. Damn near perfect.

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6. JACKIE BROWN: BOBBY WOMACK - ‘ACROSS 110th STREET’




Tarantino’s loving homage to blaxploitation flicks has one of the simplest yet most effective opening sequences ever. The stately Pam Grier, in her biggest role since Foxy Brown, travelates on by in her royal blue air stewardess uniform to the impeccable funky soul of Mr. Womack. Fine lady. Finely tuned.

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Stay tuned across this week as the rundown continues.

Compiled and written by Anna Wilson
Contributors: Ben Hopkins, Paul Weedon, Rob Dabrowski

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