A Handful Of… Decent Songs Performed In Non-Musicals

I’m sorry, but I am not going to apologize for having any of these songs on the list.  Wait.  Does that work?

Anyhoosiersshouldneverbemadeintoamusical, here are A Handful Of songs I enjoyed that were sung by characters in movies that were not musicals.  Agree or disagree in the comments (Jeremy!)…

  • Sex Bob-Omb’s Garbage Truck from Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

This song was actually written by Beck (I’m not sure if the actors performed it), so there’s that.  And the movie is kick-ass (not to be confused with Kick-Ass), so double win.

  • Eddie and the Cruisers’ On the Dark Side from Eddie and the Cruisers

This movie originally came out in 1984, and I guarantee more people know John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band’s song than the flick itself.  Actor! Michael Paré would go on to make tons more B-movies.  He would also co-star in TV’s The Greatest American Hero, believe it or not.

  • The Soggy Bottom Boys’ Man of Constant Sorrow from O’ Brother, Where Art Thou?

Okay… this wasn’t a song originally made for the Coen Brothers’ film, but I still have to include the remake of Dick Burnett’s classic.

  • Josie and the Pussycat’s 3 Small Words from Josie and the Pussycats

Letters to Cleo front woman, Kay Hanley, performed all the eponymous rock group’s songs, and you have to admit the song’s as catchy as chlamydia herpes syphilis a smile.  Also, take notice of the clever countdown in the chorus (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1)…

  • The Wonders’ That Thing You Do! from That Thing You Do!

The group might have almost been called The Oneders, but real-life rock group, Fountains of Wayne, did a great job at capturing the pop hit feeling of that era.  They proved their pop hit chops again a few years later with their own overplayed catchy hit – Stacy’s Mom.

  • Electric Dream Machine’s Dayman from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Pure pop perfection.

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One comment

  1. Jeremy · October 18, 2010

    Sorry to disappoint but I can only comment on 3 of the songs, 2 of them are bc I actually watched the movies. In saying that, I will agree with the Scott Pilgrim and The Wonders song, really good, very unexpected. Now for the disagree…the stupid song from Brother Where Are Tho? really Sean? That song blows the animals that where in the backdrop of that movie(if there were any, never saw it). I only know the song bc VH1 would show the video every 10 minutes.

    Wishing that I could say more, maybe at another time.

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