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A Life of Noisy Desperation
100 Years…100 Songs 
23rd-Jun-2004 04:35 pm
Steeplechase
I wish the AFI special on CBS last night had emphasized that to be eligible for consideration, a song had to come from an American film; then I wouldn’t have spent so much time grumbling, “What about ‘A Hard Day’s Night’? ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’? ‘Help!’?!?”

Where the hell was “We’re in the Money”? And speaking of morale-boosting Depression-era anthems, I suppose I can grudgingly accept the omission of “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?” since it’s from a short rather than a feature, but if it had been considered I think it would’ve beaten “Hakuna Matata” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

Wow—I just found the list of the 400 songs that were considered, and someone actually thought of “Bohemian Rhapsody” from Wayne’s World. On the downside, apparently no one remembered the amazing perfrmance of “Minnie the Moocher” in The Blues Brothers. Shame, shame!
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23rd-Jun-2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
Hey, I watched that show! I thought it was very interesting and entertaining. I think Bohemian Rhapsody definitely would have been a contender but I can't find fault with any of the selections from Singin' in the Rain or The Wizard of Oz. I think that the AFI's main goal was to advertise as broad a cross-section of films from different eras and genres as possible.
I've been trying to think of songs I would have included that weren't in there, but nothing's occurring at the moment.
27th-Jun-2004 12:30 am (UTC)
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