9 best songs from the Cornetto trilogy
In the Cornetto Trilogy series of films, music is used to prefigure events, punctuate jokes, or convey or enhance certain atmospheres. The three films—Shaun of the Dead, Warm down, the end of the world– have underrated soundtracks featuring British greats such as Queen and Primal Scream, to more left-wing choices like “The Blue Wrath” by I Monster, which plays on Shaun of the Deadopening credits.
Edgar Wright, director of all three films, is known for using music in creative ways, such as tightly synchronizing the onscreen action with the beat of the song. That these nine songs from Cornetto Trilogy whether cut for action or not, these are arguably the best and most memorable tracks in the movies.
9 “Ghost Town” – The Specials (Shaun Of The Dead)
The first thing audiences hear of the zombie parody on the spot Shaun of the Dead, before the visuals even appear onscreen, are the odd opening notes of “Ghost Town” from The Specials. From the outset, the diegetic sound of the film is synchronized with the song, with the ringing of the “last orders” bell landing on the first beat of the verse as the camera lands on Shaun drinking a beer.
This is the quintessential British ska and a good omen choice for a film that is about to show North London has turned into a ghost town. From wobbly Hammond organ chords to the brass melody in minor, there is no better song choice to set the film’s spooky yet fun tone.
8 “Caught By The Fuzz” – Supergrass (Hot Fuzz)
The music in the end credits is just as important as the music that presents a movie to viewers. It doubles the resolution of act three and leaves the audience satisfied. Or he does it in Warm down, at least as Supergrass’s brash barrage of fuzz serves as a farewell fist after the baddies are, of course, grabbed by the fuzz – “fuzz” is, of course, a slang word. for the police.
Unlike the delicate acoustic twangs of “The Village Green Preservation Society” when Nicholas first arrives in Sandford, his job is now done – he’s exposed the corruption and arrested half the village, and that gives viewers a sense of energy, which makes it a perfect choice of curtain call song.
7 “Panic” – The Smiths (Shaun Of The Dead)
In one of the smartest scenes in Shaun of the DeadShaun scours the TV channels mindlessly, pointedly avoiding hearing about the looming zombie apocalypse, but the mishmash of clips still tells the story, from a nature documentary that says “eaten alive” to a live clip of the Smiths playing “Panic”, whose lyrics are “Panic in the Streets of London”. It’s a classic example of Wright’s ingenious staging and, with Johnny Marr’s shimmering guitar and Morrisey’s ghostly vocal performance, a very fitting song choice given the events that will soon befall Shaun and his friends. .
6 “Charged” – Primal Scream
The inciting incident of the end of the world, one of the best end-of-the-world-themed comedies, is one of Gary’s AA peers who asks him if he’s disappointed he never made it to the eponymous last pub on the 12 pub crawl. As Gary’s face turns into a cheeky smile and the camera zooms in, the opening snippet of Primal Scream’s “Loaded” begins, “We want to be free to do whatever we want to do, and we want to be loaded, and we want to have a good time. “
As hip-hop beat, stumbling piano riff, and cheeky brass bangs enter, audiences see exhibition clips of Gary’s friends living their adult lives, blissfully oblivious to what lies ahead. Besides establishing, with a few bars, the feel-good flavor of the film, the opening sample is surely Gary’s mantra and therefore the perfect choice of introductory music.
5 “The Village Green Preservation Society” – The Kinks (Hot Fuzz)
This cheerful song, written by Ray Davies and performed by The Kinks, perfectly sums up the alluring facade posed by the village of Sandford. The quaint Tudor cottages, the country pub, everyone’s vibe and, of course, the village greenery are all part of the Sandford plot. Warm down. And if there was a song to evoke this setting, it would be the Kinks’ homage to the lifestyle of English hamlets.
It’s almost as if Sandford’s NWA – Neighborhood Watch Alliance – have taken this song, about preserving the English village lifestyle, too seriously, as it puts an end to any threat to their idyllic hamlet, that it it’s a human statue or a group of strolling teenagers. The song somehow manages to be light and energetic while still hitting a tone that something is wrong with Sgt. Angel’s new home. That’s why it’s such a perfect choice to establish Sandford with the public and Sgt. Angel.
4 “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen (Shaun Of The Dead)
Shaun of the Dead is chock full of callbacks, and one of the best is happening in this scene. After traveling to Winchester, the jukebox goes off on its own, echoing the sounds of Queen’s legendary “Don’t Stop Me Now” as hordes of zombies scramble outside. “Who the hell put this on?” Shaun asks, to which Ed replies, “It’s random!”
Ed, Shaun and Liz quickly get ready with pool cues and give the zombified owner synchronized snaps to the beat of the upbeat ’80s song. That climactic scene before the pub was overrun with zombies is so memorable for the juxtaposition upbeat, upbeat song – with the lyrics “I’m having such a good time, I’m having a blast” – in the middle of the bloody, high – This is one of the best uses of Queen’s songs in movies.
3 “I am free” – The dragons of the soup (The end of the world)
The Soup Dragons are kind of a marvel, which makes the inclusion of their song in a movie about a protagonist who climaxed early and never again captured the heights of his youth again very fitting. “I’m Free”, a cover of The Rolling Stones, is the song Gary plays on his car’s tape recorder after picking up his tape from High Wycombe station, as they lament the dilapidated car he has since had. his teenage years.
The song is dynamic and sounds like a world of possibilities that awaits you, not only in the music but also in the lyrics: “I am free / to do what I want / at any time.” It may also be ironic because the group is about to be trapped in a city in the midst of an alien invasion.
2 “Romeo and Juliet” – Dire Straits (Hot Fuzz)
Most of the music from Cornetto Trilogy is by British artists. After all, the films are firmly anchored in British culture, from the plethora of great stages set in pubs to slang and theater accents, as is the case with this song by the ’70s blues-rock band. London based Dire Straits.
What makes it one of the best songs in movies is its ingenious use. While at the scene of the appalling road collision – not an “accident” – involving the play’s two lead actors, Simon Skinner pulls to a halt in his car as the song is played by his son. car radio. Sgt. Angel already has suspicions about Skinner and is asked to investigate further after seeing the unusual coincidence.
1 “20 seconds to comply” – Silver Bullet (End of the world)
The Cornetto Trilogy no shortage of fight scenes, of Liz, Shaun and Ed against the owner of The Winchester in SOTD to the final shootout between Danny / Nicholas and the NWA in Warm down. In the end of the world, the group is confronted by robots that have taken over the city, and one of the most memorable fight scenes is where Andy heads a Pierce Brosnan robot and starts an all-out bar brawl. , accompanied by the high energy hip 90s Silver Bullet jump track.
The music works so well here because it’s the first time Andy has let go of his sensitive shtick and let the anger of his anger speak; “20 seconds …” sounds exactly like that. The fast, jerky drums and chaotic scratches of the records blend so well with the on-screen action, enhancing the overall frenzy of the action.
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