You know it’s high praise when someone like Jimi Hendrix says that the guitar player for the band is better than he is. Tack on to that the fact that Chicago, as Chicago Transit Authority to begin with, opened for Hendrix and Janis Joplin, and you’ve got every reason to believe that this band was destined for bigger and better things when they first started off. They started with a large group of musicians and that didn’t change as the years went on though they did let go of or lose some of their members as their career continued onward. Eventually they had to change their name, shortening it to avoid being sued by the actual Chicago Transit Authority since it would be kind of awkward to think that the CTA was leaving their duties to go on tour. Okay, that was a lame attempt at humor but they did need to change it.
Here are a few of their songs as used in TV and movies.
5. Death Note – I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love
Despite being a decent movie that came to Netflix to be produced as a live action film, a lot of people seem to think that this version did a serious discredit to the original anime since it omitted a few things and changed a couple of things around. But for those that knew nothing about Death Note until they watched this movie it was just fine since the story was kind of vicious and would no doubt test the morality of just about anyone that was given the power of life and death over another. Plus, the murders in this movie were positively gruesome, and you can’t deny that it would be interesting to see what might happen if someone attempted to force the demon to take his own life.
4. Better Call Saul – Listen
It was actually pretty easy for some folks to write Saul off as just another part of Breaking Bad that would go away once the show was done. But someone somewhere decided that Saul deserved his own show and while some critics might have been initially skeptical the idea took root and has become something that people who loved Breaking Bad have locked onto. Now however there is kind of the question of what might come along once Saul’s show has reached the end of its arc and what kind of show it might be that will continue to interest the people. Maybe a show focused on one of the other characters might be interesting.
3. Shaun of the Dead – If You Leave Me Now
It’s easy to feel for Shaun despite having a friend that is basically a giant leech that can’t take a hint. But honestly the worst thing about this movie, and it’s also the best, is that his life goes from mildly depressing to really depressing to flat out over the top horrible in a single night, and he barely even notices save for the moment when Liz breaks up with him. Of course heartache might seem a little tougher to deal with than the end of the world, especially when you’re still half-asleep and running on autopilot from your front door to the store and back. Admit it, this movie was funny even if it was kind of dry in some places.
2. Modern Family – If You Leave Me Now
Some people love Cam, others can’t stand him. This show is hilarious but the one person that a lot of folks agree is over the top is Cam since he never knows when to just stop and let his ego rest for a bit. He’s a very strong character but that’s what turns some people off or just makes them shake their head since he causes as many problems as he solves. In this instance when he and Mitchell are trying to adopt another child and have found a surrogate he decides to sing a victory song, in his mind at least, that eventually makes the mother break down crying and thinking about keeping her baby instead. But it’s not his fault because you know nothing ever is, at least to Cam.
1. Deadpool -You’re The Inspiration
The songs picked for the Deadpool movie are and aren’t a surprise since they kind of play into his unstable and overall goofy nature. He’s a deadly assassin and mercenary but at the same time he’s the kind of guy that has a lot of heart and does in fact know how to love another person more than himself. But at the same time he’s so emotionally unbalanced that it seems as though not even he knows what he’s going to do sometimes. That’s what makes the merc with a mouth such an interesting draw as an antihero, you just never know what he’s going to do.
Chicago’s music has certainly ended up in some interesting places.