Sometimes in a movie or TV show the music is so perfectly suited for the action onscreen that everything synergistically melds together into a beautiful double helix strand of hippie fusion and Jah-praising.
This is called Definitive Use.
"Definitive Use is now a perfectly valid thing to say and not sound pretentious. It is also now an internet meme and wonderful game to play with your friends."For this we can thank Alexandra Patsavas (and I guess, to a lesser extent, Scorcese)!
-The 21 Gun Salute
And while we're at it, we might as well throw a shout out to Jeanine Basinger! If Jerry Bruckheimer is Michael Bay's father, then surely she is his mother!
OK sorry I got a little too Wesleyan there for a second. The point is, non-diagetic sound (sorry! Wesleyan!) can make awesome scenes awesomer. Coming up with songs that are used in this manner is now a legitimate way to spend time. What is your favorite use of a song in a film? Twitter it and then StumbleUpon your own tweet! This meme isn't going to make itself viral, people!
No song from any John Hughes movie
No song from any Tarantino movie
No song from any Wes Anderson movie
No song from any Scorcese movie
No song from Boogie Nights
No song from this movie
The song cannot have been specifically written for the movie (ie- Whitney Houston in Bodyguard, Axel F theme, any original score -sorry Hans Zimmer)*
The song must accompany a specific scene (no credits music)
TV shows are OK (but not theme songs)
Montages are OKWhen arguing whether or not a song achieves Definitive Use status, it helps to use the rule of thumb that, after its use in the movie/show, it's a wrap. No one can ever put this song in another movie or show because why bother. I guess Scorsese jumped the shark with Gimme Shelter so many times that now I just associate it with De Niro smoking or DiCaprio looking angry/unshaven.
Here are my submissions for Definitive Use. If you think some are too obvious then that's cool, leave an alternate suggestion in the comments or shut up, Rachel:
What A Difference A Day Makes from Run Lola Run
Young Hearts from Karate Kid
Stop Ou Encore from Three Kings
My Life Extra from The Wire
Like A Friend from Great Expectations
The Man from Observe & ReportYou Could Be Mine from T2: Judgment Day (but not T4: Explosionier Fan Fiction and also Common For Some Reason)*
Turn Around Look At Me from Final Destination 3 (btw whoever created this fucking SLIDESHOW OF FINAL DESTINAYSH PLUS TURN AROUND LOOK AT ME deserves 100 Internet Bucks and a cardboard Rube Goldberg cutout)
I did a little polling with the public and came up with the following:
CTOWN: Go Daddy-O from Swingers
HARRIS: Lust For Life from TrainspottingHIDEOUSHINDU77: Unchained Melody from Ghost
DRE: Heart & Soul from BigARCHIE BEVINS: In Dreams from Blue Velvet
*There is a little bit of debate about this one. Some songs, while not intentionally/specifically written for a movie, were released so closely to the film that it should be rendered not OK. Like You Could Be Mine was only available for a little while only on the T2 soundtrack before the Use Your Illusions came out.
In this category Against All Odds would also fall (why am I typing like Yoda).
ps- see also: Definitive Use Reversal