Eleven times before now (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X and XI), we have shown a wide variety of movies, TV Shows and Video Games that replaced music pretty close to release date. Here, on installment number 12, we give 5 more songs that would have changed the tone, feeling and/or mood of the following films:
1. ROMEO + JULIET
Staring Clare Danes, set in tropical locales and a story of a changed around Shakespeare play, Romeo + Juliet was a mini time-capsule of the 90's. The soundtrack even zeroed in on the year, 1996, with the Butthole Surfers, Garbage, Radiohead and The Cardigans “Lovefool”
One song didn't make it though – Come What May. While it was put up for the movie (and even comes from a line in Macbeth), there wasn't enough room for it.
Five years later it turned up in Moulin Rouge!, salvaging the song, and bringing a little bit of the 90's into the early 2000's.
2. SHREK 2
The Shrek series was notorious for bringing an increasingly random assortment of pop culture references into movies that are supposed to be based around fairy tales. The music was no exception. In Shrek 2 everything from the Counting Crows to Tom Waites to “Funkytown” to David Bowie's “Changes” was featured.
But, random as it was, it almost became even more random. The Pixies, who hadn't been together for years, were brought back together by Dreamworks solely to put a new song in the film. And so they did, creating the reunion single Bam Thwok.
As soon as it was made, the studio had second thoughts. Left out, it was then released as a single and was widely praised as being close to 'classic' Pixies songs of the last decade.
3. THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH
Pierce Brosnan gave his third go around as Bond in 1999, battling terrorists and Stockholm syndromed lovers in Azerbaijan, Scotland, Spain, Istanbul and Kazakhstan in The World is Not Enough. And kicking it off was a chase on the Thames throughout London, culminating in the intro song by Garbage:
It wasn't always that though. The band Straw had also made a theme along similar notes, and both songs seemed to be pretty close to the top.
In the end, Garbage won out for the lead singer's high notes being close to other Bond song greats like Shirley Bassey.
4. DIRTY DANCING
The team of Swayze and Grey paired together for Dirty Dancing and proved that they had pretty great chemistry together in early 1960's New York. With dancing comes music, and an assortment of 60's hits is in there, including the iconic Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes song Time of my Life:
It's a great soundtrack – but it fell by two songs. Marvin Gaye's Stubborn Kind of Fellow
And The Drifters “Save the Last Dance for Me”:
It turns out that the licenses for both were kinda hard to nail down, and with both costing more because of the snafu, they went without.
5. CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
Coming out in 2003 to lukewarm reception and being the king of the $5 DVD bin at video rental places for years afterwards, Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle didn't have much to offer. But hey, it had a Pink song!
What's generally an OK song nearly had the original musician, Beck, helming it. Fell Good Time was all him.
While Beck was originally on board, when recording came up, he had just come off a series of extremely mellow albums and penning songs for more auteur movies, he couldn't bring himself to do CA:FT. But he did give Pink permission, so unlike many other movies where they went from one artist to another, at least they got his blessing.
Help, hurt or keep it neutral, deleted or otherwise replaced songs changed movies, changed viewing experiences and even changed different movies years later – all by a simple song choice.