Way Back 2015

October 2, 2015 - Big Screen Songs by Ray, Stan, Astrud, Patsy and Animals Overshadowed by Small Screen Bandage-Leg Dog

The Intern, starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, makes use of three great songs from the '50s and '60s: "Deed I Do" by Ray Charles, bossa nova classic "The Girl From Ipanema" by sax man Stan Getz and Brazilian singer Astrud Gilberto, and memorable movie melody "You Were Meant For Me," sung by Gene Kelly (to Debbie Reynolds) in 1952's Singin' in the Rain. The well-exposed "Walkin' After Midnight" by Patsy Cline pops up in an unexpected place, the sci-fi sequel Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. True crime film Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, features a creatively-chosen selection of songs from the '40s through the '80s, with just one 1960s hit: "Don't Bring Me Down" by The Animals.

Will Forte expertly illustrates why we refer to TV as the "Boob Tube" on his Sunday evening comedy of isolation, The Last Man on Earth. Two disparate '60s hits came together on the season premiere of the Fox series: "Till the End of the Day" by The Kinks and "I Wish I Were a Princess" by Little Peggy March. Then there's the topper, the current commercial for Amazon Prime featuring a cute dog with a bandaged leg set to the strains of "Wand'rin' Star" by Lee Marvin from the 1969 musical comedy Paint Your Wagon.

Walkin' After Midnight I Wish I Were a Princess