Diegetics: 59 of the Best In-Movie Music Moments (Pts. 1-3: 59 to 29)

[Ed. note: this story was updated on 7/1 with Nos. 39-29.]

A few weeks ago, Stylus posted a list that was at once entertaining and utterly underwhelming. This is our response to that list.

The list, "The Top Ten Musical Moments From Film" presented a selection of great moments in the use of in-film sound in the movies. As one person's selection of ten moments, the list is not bad at all (in particular, much respect for the choice of using Anna Karina's dance in My Life to Live over the equally great, but better-known dance scene in Band of Outsiders.)

However... ten is just not enough for a list of this sort. There are entirely too many great uses of diegetic sound in film to count. In fact, given certain cinematic trends, we could easily make entire top tens consisting of scenes from films by Quentin Tarantino, P.T. Anderson, or a number of their derivatives.

Thus, we present you with 57 58 59 of the Best In-Movie Music Moments, starting with an alphabetical list of 59-11, and the top ten to follow soon.

Nos. 59-50
Nos. 49-40
Nos. 39-29

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Just Some Tunes For Summer...

It's been a while since the last Cosmodrome mix. Here's some tunes for summer...

1. Electronic: "Soviet" (Electronic)

2. Tornados: "Blue, Blue, Blue Beat" (The Complete Tornados)

3. Desmond Dekker: "Fu Manchu" (Action!)

4. Althea & Donna: "Uptown Top Ranking" (Story of Jamaican Music: Tougher Than Tough)

5. David Bowie: "Sorrow" (Pin-Ups)

6. Mick Jagger: "Sweet Thing" (Wandering Spirit)

7. Ol' Dirty Bastard: "Shimmy Shimmy Ya" (Return to the 36 Chambers)

8. Bill Callahan (Smog): "Diamond Dancer" (Woke on a Whaleheart)

9. Hi-Tek: "Keep It Moving" (f. Dion, Q-Tip, & Kurupt) (Hi-Teknology 2)

10. Lloydie and the Lowbites: "Rough Rider" (Adults Only!, Vol. 2)

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Black Men Ski

Stew is the mastermind behind Passing Strange, the new musical type theater experience at the Public Theater. I call it a musical type theater experience because it isn't a rock show, and it isn't a musical. It's something else entirely, and it's kept afloat by this artist's genuine talent and radical vision for combining theater, storytelling, and song.

This is one of his songs. It's called Black Men Ski. It isn't in Passing Strange, but it sums up his sensibility and sense of humor. I love it. Behold.

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Daft Transformers

Admit it. You're You were damn excited about the new Transformers movie. Despite Shia Lebeouf. Despite Michael Bay. Despite the lame nu-metal theme song.

...and you're also damn excited about ageing French duo Daft Punk touring for the first time in many moons about. This instance of 80s and 90s nostalgia coming together in one summer has you very... excited.

...and then there's Kanye. You were damn excited when you heard he was going to sample Daft Punk's "Better, Harder, Faster, Stronger," in his new jam "Stronger", which isn't nearly as good as Juliette Lewis' Daft Punk video.

So in looking to provide something that combines the magic of the above three without any of the reservations, Cosmodrome presents the world premiere of:


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Ian Curtis Lives

New Order performs "Regret" on Baywatch.

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Spector's Descent

This is an amazing story about Phil Spector's descent into madness. By way of hair analysis. Actually, I didn't bother reading the article - I just enjoyed watching the photo gallery that gives old Phil the Michael Jackson's face treatment.

This Monday begins the second week of the trial, and while it has not been the media circus that was the OJ trial, it's introducing a whole new generation to the man's unparalleled genius, which is just what the internet was made for. Below is a video of Joan Baez singing "You've Lost the Loving Feeling" with Spector on piano. I have never, ever been a fan of Baez, and she does to this song what George W. Bush has been doing the country for the last eight years. But there are two brilliant moments: in the beginning, when Phil starts smashing the piano, and towards the end when you see this guy in the percussion section going ape-shit with the cymbals.

I guess on some level going ape-shit with the cymbals is what the "wall of sound" is all about.

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Wingdale Community Singers: Rick Moody: April 25, 2007

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You Got a What?!!? How Long You Had That Problem?

Inspired by the song's inclusion on Hot Chip's bangin' DJ Kicks.

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The Hangover: Sunday

Music for... see title. Music is here.

1. The Velvet Underground: "Sunday Morning" (The Velvet Underground and Nico)
Some cliches exist for a reason.

2. Sam Cooke: "Touch the Hem of His Garment" (The Man and His Music)

3. Johnny Cash: "Sunday Morning Coming Down" (The Essential Johnny Cash)

4. Beck: "Jack-Ass" (Odelay!)

5. Ann Peebles: "Trouble, Heartaches, and Sadness" (Shaolin Soul)

6. The Beach Boys: "In My Room" (Sleep Out Under the Stars)

7. Radiohead: "Worry Wort" (Knives Out [EP])

8. Stan Getz f. Astrud Gilberto: "How Insensitive"

9. Neil Young: "Speakin' Out" (Tonight's the Night)

10. The Rolling Stones: "Dead Flowers" (Sticky Fingers)


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One of the Best Emails I Have Ever Received

From the Dipset Mailing List -
Video here

And for all you people rocking apt 4E, this.

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