As we have shown before, music is changed all the time in movies and on TV. Did they make things better by adding emotion and depth, or did they make a mistake and make the scene decidedly less awesome? Well let's take a look at another five replacements, starting with...
1. BREAKING BAD
Breaking Bad chose it's music carefully, injecting licensed song into important scenes to add or comment on a scene. For example, in episode 4 of the first season, “Cancer Man”, Didn't I by Darondo plays Walt off after exploding a car.
But before that, they originally went with a song that offered a more contrast, going with Bobby Hebb's Sunny.
But, thanks to being unable to afford the rights, the more moodier Didn't I was chosen, helping set the mood from “Contrasting happy” to “A hint of a darker Walt building willing to do violent acts for revenge/pride” that the series was known for.
In 1965, Thunderball exploded across the world, giving Bond fans a new movie, cementing the 60's spy craze as a genre and giving us the amazing opening number by Tom Jones:
Before Jones was chosen, a more grander opening was chosen - Mister Kiss Kiss Bang Bang by Dionne Warwick:
The song was in line for so long that much of the orchestral background music was recorded to fit that tune, but ultimately Jones was chosen when the producers wanted a song that the movie title in the song. Inspired, Johnny Cash also sent in a western themed song for Thunderball with the title in the name, but again, Jones won out.
3. PULP FICTION
Much like Breaking Bad or Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino chooses his music carefully. For Pulp Fiction, he chose to have a surf rock vibe throughout the film and injected it both into transition points and intense scenes – the most infamous being the pawn shop scene set to The Revels song Comanche.
Before surf rock was set, other songs were considered, and for the pawn shop scene Tarantino was settling on My Sharona by The Knack:
But, just like many songs, it was a little on the expensive side and wasn't fitting with the new vision. So the darker and more disturbing Comanche was put in instead.
Much like many Christopher Nolan films, Memento was a little on the confusing side. It went chronologically, backwards and the movie needed to be watched a few times to figure everything out, including learning the story from the amnesia stricken protagonist. To finish the dark and moody film, a dark and moody song was chosen to accentuate it. And who better than David Bowie singing Something in the Air?
Somehow Bowie wasn't the first choice. Nolan had tried again and again to get Paranoid Android by Radiohead.
Despite being dark and moody, Radiohead said no. But hey, Bowie is always a good backup plan!
5. AIR FORCE ONE
Air Force One – is there a more American movie? Harrison Ford as president. Air Force One being liberated BY Harrison Ford. America defeating Russian terrorists. “Get off my plane” as a one-liner before killing someone. For a movie like that you need an ultra-American theme. And boy did it deliver:
While Jerry Goldsmith knocked it out of the park, the first choice....didn't. It was by famed Pixar and light pop musician Randy Newman:
Somehow “somewhat action-y 70's Christmas movie” didn't exactly fit the tone of the movie, and they went with the extra-American one that fit the movie incredibly well.
While these were last minute decisions, they showed how much thought went into choosing music - as well as how important those choices can be.