The Top Uses of R.E.M. Songs in Movies or TV

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The Top Uses of R.E.M. Songs in Movies or TV

Obscure lyrics seems to be one thing that R.E.M. is known for most since some of their songs make it insanely hard to know just what Michael Stipe is talking about as he’s singing. And yet they’re such a great band that they managed to not only gather a loyal following over the years but were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.  This was back in 2007, four years before the band would part ways and let go of a legacy that was something quite impressive. One of the most interesting things about this band is that they never changed members so far as anyone knows and they stayed together for their entire run from 1980 to 2011. That’s 31 years in which they might not have been the greatest band ever but they were steadfast and kept together.

How often do you see that any more?

5. Baby Driver-New Orleans Instrumental No. 1

Baby was all about the music.  What it did for him, what it helped him out with, and how it helped him do the job was the beginning of its importance. What he did was drive, and he was better at it than most anyone around. Watching the initial chase scene of the movie was something refreshing and impressive that not even the Fast and Furious franchise has been capable of for a while.

4. Lip Sync Battle-It’s The End of The World As We Know It

Give Michael Shannon props, he’s getting into it just as much as Rachel Bloom did, but maybe a bit too much. The one backup dancer whose arm he yanked on might have been wondering just what in the heck he was doing. At least she went with it and he didn’t pull too hard. I wonder if she would have broken character and got up to leave if he’d just yanked on her arm.

3. Zootopia

Judy Hops is not having a good day.  She came to Zootopia to be a cop and all she wound up doing was meter maid duty all day. And who loves the meter maid? Pretty much nobody, which is why you have to assume that those that do such a job have to have thick skin to ward against the people that don’t seem to understand what the EXPIRED sign means on a parking meter.

2. Coneheads-It’s A Free World Baby

The movie might have flopped but it was amusing for a little while at least in some spots.  It was definitely packed with a great deal of talented actors, including the late greats such as Phil Hartman and Chris Farley. Somehow though I think this idea was better left on SNL than it was as a movie. There was just so much to add and not enough time to do it all right.

1. Saturday Night Live-Losing My Religion

I recall listening to this song for the first time and wondering just what in the heck Michael Stipe was talking about as the song continued. Some time ago I can remember that I looked up the explanation, apparently it was about artistic expression.

I will gladly take Stipe’s word for it.

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