13 times before (Seriously. Here's I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, and XIII), we have given you movies, TV Shows and Video Games who needed to change up music. Sometimes it only mildly altered a certain part, while other times it changed the entire thing. And it continues today with Part 14, showing that there seems to be no limited on deleted, replaced or otherwise unused pieces of music in films.
1. Kill Bill Vol. 1
Kill Bill Marks the time in Quentin Tarantino's career where he started becoming a parody of himself – adding numerous homages, Ennio Morricone music and every kind of curse word you can imagine being included. Scene in point – where the Bride fought off the Crazy 88's at the bar in Tokyo. And all of the gratuitous violence was set to 'Nobody but Me by the Human Beinz', Crane/White Lightning by Charles Bernstein and the RZA, 'Don't Let me be Misunderstood' by Santa Esmerelda and 'Death Rides a Horse' by Ennio Morricone:
Amazingly, this wasn't always Tarantino's plan. His original selection was, of all musicians, Metallica. Specifically, according to the band, 'Enter Sandman' and 'Sad But True'.
However, Tarantino wanted a place for 'Crane and White Lightning', and this seemed to be the part of the film for it. Sadly, because of the timing, Metallica had to go.
2. Little Shop of Horrors
As a musical filled with 50's/early 60's-esque sounding music, and also killer plants that eat people, it's fair to say that a right balance between upbeat and downbeat was needed for Little Shop of Horrors. Some Little Shop pulled it off, as was evident in it's upbeat ending bringing back the song 'Somewhere that's Green'. used ending -
Originally, that wasn't going to happen. Director Frank Oz had actually shot the Broadway ending where the plants take over the world, set to 'Don't Feed the Plants':
But, surprise, surprise, test audiences hated it, since unlike the theater, the cast couldn't take a bow at the end. The plants simply won. The movie had to be overhauled, along with musical choices, and came out a strong movie because of it.
3. War Games
In 1983, Matthew Broderick almost destroyed the world....in a movie. In War Games, he hacks into NORAD, accidentally starts a war games scenario and the fun continues. All the way through the movie is a half action, half mystery, almost brutally synthesizer score by Arthur Rubinstein.
And THAT was only in place because one of the original songs didn't make the cut. Creatively called 'War Games', the song added lyrics to the whole global nuclear situation. And who was it by? Crosby, Stills and Nash of course!
As it didn't really fit the movie and what it was going for, as well as the movie's strengths being more with an instrumental soundtrack, CS&N wasn't used, although the sound later did come out on it's own.
Disney's 2016 movie Moana brought a Disney movie to a new place (South Pacific), had new animal sidekicks (Pig and chicken) and had a new celebrity voice (The Rock). And as with nearly every animated Disney movie, new songs like 'How Far I'll Go'.:
There were actually a few too many, again, like most animated Disney movies. Songs like 'Warrior Face' had to be cut because the theme of battling your fear slowly played itself out through the movie:
And 'Unstoppable' needed to be cut too because the entire backstory of the ancients using ships was pretty much established, and didn't need another song for it:
The cuts and replacements tightened the movie, cut the run time and arguably made it even more successful.
5. American Graffiti
In 1973, present and future big acting names like Ron Howard, Harrison Ford and Richard Dreyfuss made a coming of age movie in Modesto, California of all places, harkening back to the summer of 1962. The movie? American Graffiti. In addition to the cast and being an excellent film in it's own right, the movie's soundtrack does a lot for the film, contrasting how 50's Rock is slowly becoming more surf-oriented and 60's rock, with pop changing in the same ways. That meant songs ranging from Del Shannon's Runaway:
To 'Surfin' Safari' by the Beach Boys:
To the classic 'Rock Around the Clock':
...were included A notable exception is Elvis Presley, by far the most popular singer of the time. There was even an Elvis song picked out, 'Good Rockin' Tonight':
As it turned out, RCA charged a lot for Elvis songs. The film was on a budget, and it needed to be replaced. It was, and missed out on being on one of the top selling soundtrack albums of all time.
Sometimes great songs need to go for some reason. It's a fact in the movie business. But that doesn't mean the original vision or the original plans are forgotten.