Selecting music can be an art: It can make you feel even more emotional at a scene, it can influence how you view the person it's playing for or sometimes it's the actual song used in a historical piece. However, for one reason or another, songs directors wanted couldn't get used, or another song was simply there instead. These are a few of the movies that made that last minute decision on what or what not to include into the movie. Movies such as...
1. Guardians of the Galaxy
Despite not coming out all that long ago, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack has been hailed as one of the best ever, incorporating 60's, 70's and 80's hits into the film at perfect moments, setting up comedy, emotional moments or just plain tone, One of the many high points is the scene where they fly into Knowhere to the awesome choice of David Bowie's Moonage Daydream:
However, two other songs were competing with Bowie for the honor. Mama Told me not to Come by Three Dog Night:
And Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
Bowie managed to win out because of the rock-attitude winning out over pseudo-pop and pseudo-country. Either of the other two would have been appropriate choices, but with a soundtrack as tight as Guardians, Bowie held the edge.
Trainspottings soundtrack was a mix of 80's pop, punk rock and 90's techno, underscoring the different changes of a heroin addict. During one pivotal scene of heroin addict Mark Renton's withdrawal hallucination he is sung to by his underage girlfriend in a creepy voice.
The song? Temptation by New Order:
But before that the director had another song in question – David Bowie's Golden Years:
In deep contrast to the characters experience, Golden Years would have shown how their golden years, well, aren't so golden. But after they couldn't attain the rights, they went New Order.
3. For Your Eyes Only
Regarded as one of Roger Moore's best, For Your Eyes Only began with not only a stellar opening sequence, but also one of the softest opening songs ever with Sheena Easton belting it out, winning an Academy Award in 1982 for original song.
One other song was submitted by New Wave legend Blondie, taking a soft, but still New Wave, approach.
With a darker Bond differing from the usual light-hearted Bond of the era, the movie went with Easton and the Oscar.
In 1939, Disney was a sequence short of completing Fantasia. Needing another classical piece and sequence, the Disney team settled on the Pastoral Symphony by Ludwig von Beethoven as a nice mid-piece in the film with a nice Greek myth animation to boot:
Why did they need another one? Because one they scored and animated was deemed too boring – the Everglades at night themed sequence set to Claire de Lune by Claude DeBussy:
Pastoral Symphony also managed to beat out the German legend filled Wagner romp of Ride of the Valkyries:
5. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
In the now classic film, the soundtrack of Duke and Dr. Gonzo is a mix of sings written down by Thompson as playing during their adventures, period music selected by director Terry Gilliam and seemingly meshed choices perfect for a psychedelic rock out. One of the most iconic songs used was over the end credits - Jumpin' Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones.
Gilliam wanted to use the song originally in the book, also by The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil:
Choosing it would have cost half the soundtrack budget, so it wasn't used. However it would be alluded to in a Duke monologue as a small tribute.
Music can change everything in a movie, and changes can often be for the better. Or at the very least make it just a bit more iconic.