Time for a bit of metal, and if you haven’t heard of the band then you’ve probably heard one of their tunes on a film trailer or game soundtrack. This quick, thrashy, brutal instrumental features on Dead Rising 2 during the Snowflake boss battle. If you haven’t played it, then take my word for it – nothing screams “awesome” like the backing track to a former motocross star being mauled by a Bengal tiger in a Vegas-style casino filled with zombies.
Curses! The attempt for this to remain a largely naughty word-free site has kind of failed early in its infancy. A couple of strategic stars will work for the post title, but the video link does contain coarse language and sexual references – right from the start.
Probably best and most widely recognised as the song from the climatic montage of Guy Ritchie’s last good film (ooo, burn) Snatch, this kind of instrumental track from Oasis throbs and swirls with an intense and violent attitude. The voices are recordings taken from Message to Love, the documentary chronicling the disastrous Isle of Wight festival in 1970. Though the song was released in 2000, Message to Love was delayed due to financial difficulties until its premiere in 1995, meaning the release dates for both were only 5 years apart despite a production gap of 30. But you don’t want to hear about all of that, you want to hear Jason Statham talk about pikeys in his Mockney accent, so here you go.
This is not a Tune! post about the Greatest Song in the World, this is just a Tune! post about the tribute to the Greatest Song in the World. Fun facts about ‘Tribute’; first, the video features three celebrity cameos. Ben Stiller is one of the shoppers Jack Black accosts upon bursting out of the video recording booth, and beneath those demonic layers of make up lies Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Liam Lynch is also a passing shopper – he directed and edited the video but you’d recognise him predominantly from his memorable (though annoying) hit comedy song, ‘United States Of Whatever.’
Next, though the opening riff of ‘Tribute’ resembles the iconic rock song ‘Stairway to Heaven,’ reportedly the inspiration for the lyrics came from Jack Black playing Metallica’s ‘One’ to Kyle Gass, and their subsequent conversation that it was the greatest song in the world and that they had no chance of writing a better one.
And finally, despite its overwhelming popularity in the UK (if nowhere else than in my sixth form common room) it has never actually been released here as a single.
It wouldn’t be a Liverpool-based site without giving some love to Scouse artists in the first five entries of this category! The upbeat and very indie ‘Moving To New York’ was released in 2006 by The Wombats as a follow up single to ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division.’ All songs of this genre are susceptible to being used in BBC3 and E4 comedies, and this song is no different, playing over the end credits of The Inbetweeners episode where Simon gets felt up by a driving instructor and Will calls a group of people with Down syndrome “arseholes” for bunking in a queue at Thorpe Park. If that’s not the pinnacle of success for an indie band these days then I really don’t know what is.
If there’s one song that absolutely guarantees people obeying the instructions in its title immediately upon hearing it, then it’s probably this one. House of Pain’s 1992 record ‘Jump Around’ wasn’t actually that much of a smash hit in the UK until it was re-released in 1993. Even then it only got to #8 in the charts, but after years of hearing that distinctive brass fanfare in a drunken, susceptible state, precipitating an uncoordinated collective frenzy of bounding around dancefloors all over the country, the British public now holds the song close to their hearts.
Surely there has never been a more fun and pointless music video than this? Los Angeles Marriott? Check. A flying Christopher Walken? Check. Amazingly random dance routine? Check. Recorded in 2000 and released on 23rd April 2001, the video alone won six MTV awards. Directed by the renowned Spike Jonze and featuring the unmistakable sound of one Mister F. Slim, there aren’t many more ways this video could be more awesome.