Disney Throwback – 13 Evil Animated Villain Songs

I know that a great deal of you hate Disney…and I would like to say I don’t care!  I love Disney!  I don’t care how old you are, how badass you think you are, or how often you criticize Disney in general : everyone has a favorite Disney character, movie, song…whatever!  I grew up in Florida so this is a fabulous opportunity for me to express my love for Disney.  Now I’m not talking about “evil corporate Disney who steals my money at every turn” but more the “hey, what a fantastical place and imagination you people have” Disney.  I have seen bikers with Mickey tattoos and Asian people with weird costumes (and I mean weird) which is just showing affection for something that makes them happy. 

And you know what makes a lot of people happy?  Evil!  Pure evil!  On Disney soundtracks, the villains songs are normally the most popular with the audience since it detaches from the cheery and uplifting tone of the movie to foretell something sinister on the horizon.  So here I will start with the best evil songs ever…in no particular order!

13. “Night on Bald Mountain” from Fantasia (1940)

Simply put, this is the devil’s song and there is not really a villain like the devil, is there!  Though Disney did not write this piece of orchestra, it was made famous in the states thanks to a wonderful 2 and a half hour movie that most people cannot even stay awake through.

12. “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast (1991)

I would like to point out early that this song is the only villain song on this list where the villain’s name is in it!  This happens to come from one of my favorite Disney movies and I would like to say that though Gaston was a “villain” you laughed at him more than worried about his evilness.  Hell, I mean this song actually showcases Gaston’s “good” qualities!  Still, he did manage to turn uber evil towards the end.

11. “Mother Knows Best” from Tangled (2010)

So this little number is actually done quite early in the movie…just kind of getting all that evil out at once.  I think this is such a great villain song is that even though the tune is jazzy and seems to be a protective song there is still that undertone of cruelty and malice.  Sort of reminds me of those smiling serial killers.

10. “Trust in Me” from The Jungle Book (1967)

I was really confused about this song for a while.  I didn’t know whether to be afraid or captivated.  And even though Kaa was not the main evil villain in this movie (which is rare for earlier Disney) he did get his own song.

9. “Hellfire” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1995)

Oh damn!  Umm…wow, how should I start with this one.  First off…not my entirely favorite movie but it did have some incredible moments but I just think that religion and cartoons shouldn’t really mingle even though this is a work of fiction.  This little ditty is quite literally Judge Frollo dealing with his demons and expressing his wish to have a gypsy woman has a lover…in a Disney movie.  However, given the subject matter I couldn’t have asked for a more incredible villain song!

8. “Be Prepared” from The Lion King (1994)

Two bloody words: Jeremy Irons!  That is all.

7.”Mine, Mine, Mine” from Pocahontas (1995)

I was battling myself for this villain spot since I think “Savages” was a far more offensive song but this is about the villain and not about Disney not caring about racist issues.  Again, one of those movies I wasn’t wild about since it butchered history with a serrated Viking axe laced with skin melting poison…but it was cute.  And it shows how greedy and evil all ambitious white men were coming to the new world.

6. “Friends on the Other Side” from The Princess and the Frog (2009)

I cannot express how much I love this song!  It was a masterpiece and frankly one of the best highlights of this movie!

5. “Poor Unfortunate Souls” from The Little Mermaid (1988)

Classic.  One of the greatest villain songs ever produced by Disney.  I thought that Pat Carroll was absolutely brilliant and no one could have done it better!

4. “World’s Greatest Criminal Mind” from The Great Mouse Detective (1986)

From one of my “favorite movies” category we have ladies and gentlemen…Mr. Vincent Price!  I don’t think I can emphasize how the voice makes the song and this is literally one of the most recognizable voices from the last century!

3. “Headless Horseman” from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

I love watching this on Halloween!  To this day it can still freak me out a bit like there’s always something there in the room with me. I also like the calm casual way the storyteller is trying to tell you that a man mysteriously disappears one night and everything is just peachy.

2. “Mad Madam Mim” from The Sword in the Stone  (1963)

And now we are down to another, if not my favorite, Disney animated movie!  I think I dig this movie because there is no love story, no princess, no actual villain…it’s really hard to describe.  If it were to have a definable villain, however, it would be Mim.  I mean, this is a woman who loves being horrible and evil.

1. “Cruella De Vil” from 101 Dalmatians

Seriously, if this were a list based on the most to least, this would be the best villain song ever!  It is so damn catchy and..and..it’s just fantastic!  And the character fit the song so well that it was hard not to just fall in love with this.  I think this is what made the movie famous to start with!

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Soundtrack Throwback – Now and Then (1995)

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I would not be surprised if many of you guys have never heard of this soundtrack before.  It wasn’t a very popular movie but it was still a pretty decent nostalgia movie about trying to solve a mystery…I think.  I remember the movie and I’m pretty sure there was a life lesson in there or a growing up theme or..I don’t know.  I just liked the soundtrack the most.  My mother grew up in the 60’s and 70’s so this was a nice soundtrack for her as well and she taught me a lot about music that year since I was like…13 I think and still a sponge.

So the soundtrack is mostly made up of great pop songs by the Jackson 5, The Monkees, and Nancy Sinatra…Oh wait!  They excluded her signature song from the soundtrack!?  Look people, you can’t play a Nancy Sinatra song in a movie and not include it in the soundtrack dammit!  ::sigh::  At least they got some great jams that not a whole lot of people remember such as “Know Three Times” and that awesome Stevie Wonder song!  If you like some classic pop fluff, check out this album.  I still listen to it since it came from a time when a comic strip got there own pop band!

On a sadder note, if you guys didn’t know, the woman who played Chrissy (Ashleigh Aston Moore) overdosed in 2007.

Stand Out Song : “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies

1. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
2. Knock Three Times – Tony Orlando/Dawn
3. I Want You Back – Jackson 5
4. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder
5. Band Of Gold – Freda Payne
6. Daydream Believer – The Monkees
7. No Matter What – Badfinger
8. Hitchin’ A Ride – Vanity Fare
9. All Right Now – Free
10. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – Supremes/Temptations
11. I’ll Be There – Jackson 5
12. Now And Then – Susanna Hoffs

Soundtrack Throwback – Romeo + Juliet (1996)

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Oh bother!  That’s right ladies and gentlemen!  Yet another adaptation of Shakespeare’s famous romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet!  Never has there been a play with more screen adaptations but this was a unique version of sorts.  With the help of young Hollywood and a lack of enthusiasm for all things “authentic” we have the first in a tidal wave of modern day versions of a Shakespearean play!  Well, to follow this schtick of making you really confused about Shakespeare they also managed a very modern soundtrack to go along with all that Elizabethan dialogue and drama…you know, cause it’s hip of junk.

In all honesty I really do love this soundtrack!  With Shakespeare I always thought it’s been really played out (I wasn’t looking for a pun but there I go) and to have this version of the two households told with visual grit…I really had to stop smiling at the priest and Mercutio scenes….just awesome!  The soundtrack reflected the gritty and romantic scenes really well even if the radio did run Des’ree and The Cardigans dry as a desert!  And it is sadly where we will see the last of Garbage for a while so I’m glad the song is amazing.  And if anyone really cares, the score album is freakin’ magical!  It has incredibly dramatic dialogue from the movie mixed with amazing orchestral music!  And even if you think you don’t like the movie…DiCaprio is amazing it it…just awesome!

  1. “#1 Crush” – Garbage – 4:47
  2. “Local God” – Everclear – 3:56
  3. “Angel” – Gavin Friday – 4:19
  4. “Pretty Piece of Flesh” – One Inch Punch – 4:53
  5. “Kissing You (Love Theme from Romeo + Juliet)” – Des’ree – 4:58
  6. “Whatever (I Had a Dream)” – Butthole Surfers – 4:09
  7. “Lovefool” – The Cardigans – 3:19
  8. “Young Hearts Run Free” – Kym Mazelle – 4:16
  9. “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good)” – Quindon Tarver – 1:43
  10. “To You I Bestow” – Mundy – 3:59
  11. “Talk Show Host” – Radiohead – 4:17
  12. “Little Star” – Stina Nordenstam – 3:40
  13. “You and Me Song” – The Wannadies – 2:55

10 More Incredible J-Metal Bands – Part 2

First off: thank you everyone for the suggestions for more metal bands after 10 Most Incredible J-Metal Bands – Part 1!!  You are amazing!  I know this list is LONG overdue but it’s hard to keep track of it all.  Bands disbanded or going on “permanent hiatus”, former members forming other bands and others modeling shoes…yes Kyo I’m pointing at you.  But that’s awesome!  I can’t at least see what’s going on in the works that way!  Then having to keep up with bands switching musical tastes and genres at their whim like some bipolar high school girl working out her feelings for Justin Beiber!  But, with all of you lovely people’s help and a little digging I have selected bands whom either people put into the category of metal or are metal by Japanese standards (these people love Jazz by the way…a lot!) to place on the second installment of metal bands!

To begin, what I said above is true.  I know a great number of you will give me “real” metal artists and I encourage you to do so but I ask you please keep an open mind.  I’m not even too sure I’ll make another “metal” list as opposed to just “music” in general.  I find that narrowing artists to genres just upsets the fans (I am one of those) so after this list I’ll just make Japanese music lists to showcase all the wonderful and completely crazy bands that Japan has to offer us!  For now, enjoy the second and last J-metal band list.  As before suggestions are totally wanted but just be…tolerant.  As tolerant as you can be.

Again, this list is not from best to worst but just numbered for my convenience!

10. Bleedead

DarkGoat666 gave me this suggestion.  I was not familiar with this band until now but I can say…damn!  They are metal!  I do believe the comments under much of their videos is “My god!  This is fucking brutal!”  I have seen some good reviews that mention pig squeals…that alone is worth a listen.

9. UnsraW

This band reminds me a great deal of Dir en Grey if they had kept the visual kei look!  The songs are similar but not quite DeG’s style but still so very effective!

8. Exist-Trace

Finally!  A girl band (per say)!  I could have seen them in Boston a few years ago if I was a week later! As with many bands I was sitting ’round trying to figure out the gender of the band (though it makes no difference) and to my happy surprise…they’re girls! How awesome they are!

7. Mejibray

I’d call this band a group of little Marilyn Mansons mixed with a Japanese rock band.  They change their style around so much that you don’t know whether they’re trying to be The Gazette or a shock rock group.

6. OZ

These guys are metal with a lot of fun put behind it.  I really dig this band because they use techno elements for only short bits and pieces of their stuff.  They also love to use all that grunt stuff sparingly which works well for their songs and style.

5. D

I know I’m going to catch a lot of flack from a lot of you about my decision to put them in the metal category however I have my reasons.  So D is not exactly singled out as being metal since they include melodic rock and a lot of visuals in their work but those metal elements make them different in their execution.  They’re theatrical and they have great metal riffs so even though they don’t display quintessential metal elements, just check them out!  I know Leo likes them and if she likes them they’re metal enough.

4. Nocturnal Bloodlust

So, just finished watching a brand new video of theirs…the lead singer is wrapped in blood in a church.  Man does he do a brutal number on his voice too!  But I must say this is one of my favorite metal bands.  Not only in their sound but, to me, they don’t come off as visual kei (but they are).

3. Reivier

I hear rumors that this band isn’t together anymore so if anyone could help me out with that it would be awesome!  This was also another suggestion for me and I really like them!  I totally dig how the bass and drums work together!  Man, I hope they’re still around and didn’t meet the same fateful end as so many I have loved and lost like some petty college drama!

2. Disconformity

Since this is list the last metal version of my Japanese music lists I shall go all out!  You want some hard shit to listen to…this is it!  Some people describe this as grindcore but the grindcore fans bitch just like every other fan group about genre selection so I am saying they are…music?

1.Biosphia

Even though this band was also suggested to me I felt this was not really a metal band.  I gave them another closer listen and heard the metal there.  I suppose I only ever heard the “softer” Biosphia.  It does have that metal grunt to it but a very soft melodic side which is different for a metal group.  Fuck it!  I like them!

Soundtrack Throwback – Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Moulin RougeFor the sake of time and sanity I will not delve into the deep, nostalgic resources of my mind to list off all the music this soundtrack pulled from various groups and singers.  What I will do is point out everything that made this movie soundtrack work.  For one, it was a relative sound that, despite many genres and ages, it still connected with the audience.  The second is that it was upbeat (for the most part) that demonstrated the kind of okay vocals of both Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.  The sound of the songs were not supposed to dazzle you or even impress you, but to make you feel for the character by the end of the song.  As I said, the vocals for the soundtrack are not perfect by any means but the sounds are mixed so well that you just get the idea.

Just a few of the major music artists who lent (or were forced to lend) their iconic sounds to this sound are Elton John, David Bowie and a famous piece from Sound of Music by Roger and Hammerstein.  Almost all are recognized only by either a few lines or, on occasion, a almost, but not quite whole song.  In all honesty, this is not my absolute favorite soundtrack, but it is unique in that most songs are remakes or remixes that might not honor the original wholly, but are still very entertaining.  I really did the tango of Roxanne since I am a huge Police fan.  Even so, I still suggest giving this album a look through again and also try to look for the non-included “Spectacular, Spectacular”.

“Nature Boy” – Toulouse
“The Sound of Music/Children of the Revolution” – Christian, The Bohemians, and the Green Fairy
“Lady Marmalade”/”Zidler’s Rap (The Can-Can)”/”Smells Like Teen Spirit” – Zidler, Moulin Rouge Dancers, and Patrons
“Sparkling Diamonds”/”Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”/”Material Girl” – Satine and Moulin Rouge Dancers
“Rhythm of the Night” – Valeria
“Your Song” – Christian
“The Pitch (Spectacular Spectacular)” – Zidler, Christian, Satine, The Duke, and Bohemians
“One Day I’ll Fly Away” – Satine
“Elephant Love Medley” – Christian and Satine
“Górecki” – Satine
“Like a Virgin” – Zidler, The Duke, and Chorus Boys
“Come What May” – Christian, Satine, and Cast of Spectacular Spectacular
“El Tango de Roxanne” – The Argentine, Christian, Satine, and Moulin Rouge Dancers
“Fool to Believe” – Satine and Zidler
“The Show Must Go On” – Zidler, Satine, and Moulin Rouge Stagehands
“Hindi Sad Diamonds” – Nini Legs-in-the-Air, Satine, and the Cast of Spectacular Spectacular
“Come What May (Reprise)” – Satine and Christian
“Coup d’État (Finale)” – Cast of Spectacular Spectacular
“Nature Boy (Reprise)” – Toulouse

The Epic Series – Unforgettable Movie Scores (Part 1)

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Welcome one and all to a brand new installment on the Underground: The Epic Series!  That’s right!  To go along with the drastically neglected but newly updated Soundtrack Throwback, I have added this new section to give me more work and unwanted responsibility.  Why you might ask?  Because I love music whilst drinking copious amounts of plum wine and to enjoy this in one swoop I combined two of the things I love most as of the last five minutes together. And coffee…I love coffee too. This first blog is going to be a list of some of the most amazing, epic score music ever presented on the corporate shaming silver screen….or the first 7 that I had on my iPod!  So far, I haven’t gone past the 70’s yet…and I am dreading that!

Thus, this section is going to be a two/multi-parter since I cannot settle on a decision to save my life.  I will probably write randomly on this subject submitting sporadically until I get bored with it or my attention span shoots itself…most likely three in.  This is not a list from best to worst or greatest to…not awesome.  I’m just throwing them out there like Ruki throws out sequined jackets!

Without further adieu (I just realized how very bizarre that phrase is.  I mean, I just looked at it and was like “what?”…anyway) I give you the first ever epic movie scores!

Indiana Jones – “The Raider’s March”

Yeah!  Bet a lot of you didn’t know that Indiana’s theme was actually called something.  Spielberg liked this so much that is was used in the rest of the films as Jones’ theme.  Unless you had been locked in a closet feasting upon bread and rain water you most definitely know this score.  And I dare say this is not Spielberg’s only spot on the lists!

Terminator II : Judgement Day – Main Theme

It was a close toss up I’ll say that but the differences between the first and second movie themes is subtle.  I really like the execution of the first but the second, I must confess, is significantly more badass and on so the badass scale won.  I think they just upped the ante when it came to percussion which suits the theme so much better!

Star Wars – “The Imperial March” (Darth Vader’s Theme)

I saw an internet meme that once said “You may be cool, but you will never be ‘awesome theme music that plays every time you enter a room’ cool”…and I agree with that!  As a kid, I remembered how the figure of Darth Vader scared the hell out of me, but then combine that with this amazing march song and you have the greatest foe sci-fi has EVER created!

Pirates of the Caribbean – “He’s A Pirate”

I know there are a lot of criticism about the Pirates franchise but just think about it, it made more of your money then even you would like to admit and it has one hell of a soundtrack!  Thank you Hans Zimmerman…just, thank you.

The Lord of the Rings – “Breaking of the Fellowship” (Theme Song)

Just a small thing, if you don’t like this series please exit my page.  Everyone else still here?  Excellent!  Those who are still here probably agree that the eagles just didn’t feel like going all the way to Mordor.

Jaws – Main Theme

It doesn’t matter if I’m in the ocean or relaxing in the bath if I hear this bloody score anywhere near water I look around!  My mother has never been able to see this movie all the way through.  It is just so epic though!  This is one of those songs that when you hear it, you get the hell out of the water!

Jurassic Park – “Journey to the Island”

Unlike Jaws which petrifies you, Jurassic Park’s “theme” just makes you all giddy inside.  Kind of like you’re going on a wild and incredible journey through a fun filled living dinosaur park that absolutely no one had a remotely good contingency plan for if anything should go wrong…because everything did go wrong.  But this score gives you such an overwhelming good feeling that it not only excites you, but stays if your head forever!

 

Soundtrack Throwback – Who’s That Girl? (1987)

In the 80’s, it was a musicians faux pas to have a career in which you never made a cameo appearance or star in your very own movie.  Elton and Tina did it with Tommy and Cyndi Lauper was in Vibes (if you never saw this movie I really suggest it!  It is rather good for a fun movie.  I was going to do a Throwback to it but it’s all score!) and Madonna was no damn different!  First she was in Desperately Seeking Susan and Shanghai Surprise and even a small cameo in Vision Quest but it was this movie that had her hands all over the soundtrack.  Half the tracks are Madonna songs and, believe it or not, a lot of people didn’t like it then.  Compared to her first two albums it was commercially sad, but then she released True Blue and everyone shut up.  With the nostalgia craze taking the world’s youth by the day-glow yellow leg warmers a resurgence of Madonna’s…better music is in hot demand.  Now, critics and fans are looking twice at this piece of 80’s gold!

As I said, half the album is Madonna and some pretty good Madonna I might add.  This was right before she went mainstream corporate and when she still rocked the second-hand chic look!  As for the rest of the soundtrack…I would call it pop filler.  There really isn’t anything that stands out and none of it really fits with the movie to be honest.  Hell, the only one I can even get into is the Michael Davidson jam “Turn It Up”!  Some critics believe the best track is the title song which made it to the top 100 and I would have to agree but I am an 80’s Madonna fan so I like the rest of the songs by her.  If you want to hear a piece of true art…check out the last track…it’s so bad taking about being bad…just beautiful!

1. “Who’s That Girl” (performed by Madonna)
2. “Causing a Commotion” (performed by Madonna)
3. “The Look of Love” (performed by Madonna)
4. “24 Hours” (performed by Duncan Faure)
5. “Step by Step” (performed by Club Nouveau)
6. “Turn It Up” (performed by Michael Davidson)
7. “Best Thing Ever” (performed by Scritti Politti)
8. “Can’t Stop” (performed by Madonna)
9. “El Coco Loco (So So Bad)” (performed by Coati Mundi)