The Best Uses of B-52s Music in Movies

Not much is to be heard about this band at this point and time, but throughout the years their music has made a splash in several films and created a pleasing level of nostalgia for viewers that can remember when they were particularly hot. While you might think that one of their hottest hits, Love Shack, would easily make this list, you might be surprised. It’s an easy, surefire song to remember, but in films it’s actually kind of elusive. So here instead are a few songs you might recognize but don’t listen to quite as often.

The B-52’s definitely have a unique sound, so let’s see how many of these appearances you remember.

5. Planet Claire – Monsters Vs. Aliens

Amidst the hilarity you might have missed their classic sound, but they are a part of this film without a doubt. The movie didn’t open to rave reviews but it’s still regarded as one of the more quirky and fun pieces to have featured multiple star talents. It’s got a definite goofy side despite being a good old fashioned slugfest between monsters and aliens. You know, if such a thing was remembered from earlier films.

4. Rock Lobster – Knocked Up

This song kind of fits in the discordant and otherwise haphazard film. It’s not a bad movie really, but it does feature the typical man-child that needs to get a life and somehow lucks out by getting to be with one of the most gorgeous women on the planet. I mean that’s totally true to real life, right? In any case the film is funny enough to carry it’s own weight, and the song provides a good counterpoint to the strange way it kind of glides and dips along.

3. D2 The Mighty Ducks – Good Stuff

A lot of people don’t like to hear that “boys will be boys”, but in the time period that this film was made there were still young boys that were just devious enough to pull such a prank as this. It’s kind of daring to do so in such an obvious fashion, but it does happen to lend a humorous moment to the film even though one has to assume that the store owner would want to check with the boys’ source before actually letting them in.

2. The Bedrock Twitch-The Flintstones

The first Flintstones was definitely innovative as it brought the beloved cartoon to life and allowed it to roam on the big screen. This was exciting because the B-52’s actually got to be a part of the act as well as the musical guest. While it didn’t create a whole lot of buzz outside the hype that was initially created the movie still gets remembered as a rather good attempt at creating a live event from a favored cartoon.

1. Summer of Love – Earth Girls Are Easy

Well, yeah, wow. The song fits and the movie is, fairly ridiculous, but it was meant to be at least. As far as alien films go this one is fairly low key and doesn’t go too far out of bounds. It describes its premise within the title and doesn’t really stray too far from the overall plot. As far as being simple it’s about as goofy as it sounds, and no doubt gained a lot of its continued cult following from this fact.

The B-52’s are known for lending their music to a lot of mediocre to flat out weird shows, but that’s part of the charm. Not all songs have to be epic or overly dramatic. Some of them can just be a lot of fun.


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