20. A Clockwork Orange – Ninth Symphony by Ludwig Van Beethoven
In 1971 Stanley Kubrick shocked the nation by filming Anthony Burgess’s novella A Clockwork Orange, depicting a violent youth culture. Complete with its own language, Nadsat, it tells the story of Alex (Malcom McDowell) and his droogs.
After returning home from a night of “ultraviolence,” Alex gives himself a good dose of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony,” to ensure his evening’s perfect ending. Throughout the film, the contrast between acts of severe violence and rape and the classical music accompanying said scenes has a bizarre impact on the psyche.
19. Human Traffic – “Techno Generation Hymn” by The Human Traffic Cast
We may have mentioned it before, but we’ll say it again: Human Traffic would turn a Hare Krishna into a bad boy! Jip (John Simm), Moff (Danny Dyer) and company make love to music, and believe us—they can go all night!
They are not above coming up with their own lyrics either—lyrics that describe our generation of alienation, techno emergencies and virtual realities in their very own “Techno Generation Hymn.”
18. Trainspotting – “Lust for Life” by Iggy Pop
We loved the opening scene to Trainspotting for several reasons: It’s cheeky, it’s dynamic, and it presents us with one of the best monologues throughout the whole movie. You know what we’re talking about! It’s all about the choices we make. So, what’s it going to be? Do you choose life?
With Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” getting us ready for a true, cult classic, we are reminded that we no longer need to choose “sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows”; we’ve got Trainspotting!
17. Hair – “The Age of Aquarius”
Since the first time we saw the musical Hair on film, we have become part of the “tribe” in one way or another; the political issues and personal restrictions presented in this 1967 classic may have changed, but the themes are as present today as they were back then.
Watching George (Treat Williams) and his fellow tribe members, swirling through Central Park in time to meet the dawning of the Age of Aquarius, we can’t help but feel inspired to continue fighting the good fight!
16. American Psycho – “Hip to be Square” by Huey Lewis & the News
No matter how gruesome his actions, no matter how benign the topic, Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) never seems to be able to wipe that freakish smile off of his face, nor does he ever drop his sales-pitch tone.
Bateman sounds more like he’s trying to sell Paul (Jared Leto) the latest Huey Lewis & the News album “Fore!”, rather than kill the poor guy. But no worries, everything Bateman does he does in style, even butchering people.