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Mark Kermode | 10:51 UK time, Tuesday, 29 June 2010

As Russell Brand's new movie Get Him to the Greek parties onto our cinema screens the muse of fake movie songs offers up a pantheon of parallel pop classics such as "Furry Walls." But who else has made the greatest fake pop songs of all time and what are they? Well, The Rutles, obviously...

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  • Comment number 1.

    Surely 'Pop Goes My Heart' from -Music and Lyrics- would be a contender.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGLXpIojJkg Pastiche to the max!

    Or perhaps "Way Back Into Love" which actually charted in some Asian countries.

    M

  • Comment number 2.

    Wow! You will not believe this but a couple of days ago a friend and I were watching Spinal Tap and actually had a conversation about how 'All The Way Home' could actually be a hit. I bought the Spinal Tap soundtrack and was disappointed that it wasn't there. My favourite is either 'Give Me Some Money' or 'Cups and Cakes'. David Bowie singing 'Chubby Little Loser' in Extras was also a great moment.

  • Comment number 3.

    That Thing you Do from that Thing You Do!

  • Comment number 4.

    1. Rock N'Roll Creation -Spinal Tap- from Rob Reiner's "This is Spinal Tap". (Led Zeppelin + early Pink Floyd)+ Alien eggs on stage = Rock N' Roll Creation.

    2. Old Souls -Paul Williams and Jessica Harper- from Brian De Palma's "Phantom of the Paradise". (Actually, I would choose the whole soundtrack if possible...).

    3. Get up and go -The Rutles- from Eric Idle's "All you need is Cash".

    4. Warriors of Genghis Khan -Bad News- from "The Comic Strip: More Bad News". They sound like Iron Maiden.

    5. Dove of Peace -Brüno feat. Bono, Snoop Dogg, Slash, Sting, Chris Martin, Elton John- from Larry Charles' "Brüno".

  • Comment number 5.

    tim robbins singing the times thet are a changin back from Bob Roberts

  • Comment number 6.

    Actually that Should have Been Times Are Changin' Back...But he did do a whole albums worth of brilliant "right wing" folk pastiche songs for this...stuff like Wall Street Rap, Retake America and Drugs Stink.

  • Comment number 7.

    MikeWain

    Just a heads up...it's on their other album, Break Like the Wind.

  • Comment number 8.

    Oh joy, another song about trains to add to the Dodge Brothers' setlist...

  • Comment number 9.

    It always comes back to Spinal Tap -


    That's a challenge to filmmakers today - beat Spinal Tap so people like Dr. K can talk about other films in the genre

  • Comment number 10.

    Eric Serra's 'Guns and People' and 'It's Only Mystery' from Luc Besson's 'Subway' are personal fav's of mine.

  • Comment number 11.

    The fake boyband at the beginning of 'Josie and the Pussycats' do a great parody of all those awful 90's US boybands with a song called "Backdoor Lover".

  • Comment number 12.

    80’s pastiche songs/themes: I always liked the beginning of ‘Club Scene Song #1’ from “The Adventures of Buckeroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension”.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLnPNUbjdzQ

    It’s an uplifting song; I wonder if there was a full recording of it. The end credits ‘Theme’ song is amazing too- 80’s classical instrumental synth pop – which is on MP3 player loads – but not nearly as much the DrM/DrK BBC5 show ;-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WzB1Rtr7Q0

    Another jem is ‘Nowhere Fast ‘ from ‘Streets of Fire’ (mouthed by Diane Lane, sung by Laurie Sargent). The film is a messed up, mixed joy of insane clichés, guns, testosterone and rock opera.

    Some of the music is by Jim Steinman (of Meatloaf fame) and it matches the plot so well. Lane plays the rock goddess so well; Defoe is a great bad guy -- got to love his tailor in this film lol.

    It’s a film where the 50’s met the 80’s – a common theme in the 80's films (witness ‘Back to the Future’ or ‘Grease’). In an odd time warp, the dance-style/dress/music in the 80’s was much like the 50’s (think ‘doo wop’).

    Other 'Streets' music: The “Blasters”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzesMN80h18

    And/or Stienman’s “Tonight Is What it Means to Be Young” which has Lane’s voice over by Holly Sherwood

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMW1loCBKcs

    Enjoy!

  • Comment number 13.

    It's not really a pastiche but I like Benson Arizona from DarkStar...
    When does a song become real anyway ? If it has been written by someone and abd is then performed by someone doesn't that in itself make it legitemate?

  • Comment number 14.

    Please ignore my hopeless typos in that last entry!

  • Comment number 15.

    It might just be me but...

    "Lesbian Seagull" from Beavis & Butthead Do America

    could be a contender???

  • Comment number 16.

    Counting down

    5. Already Mentioned, That Thing You Do was a film written around a pastiche song of the same name. Of course it was released and became a hit in its own right

    4. The ultimate pastiche band. Created as a TV series from actors who couldnt always play their own instruments but went on to have many hits.
    Yes, of course it's The Monkees with their debut hit Last Train to Clarksville

    3. Mike Myers could have a number of entries but I'm going with the theme music to Austin Powers

    2. Before Mel Brooks actually started writing musicals for real he was
    including broadway pastiche songs in his comedies. It has to be Springtime for Hitler from the Producers(1968)

    1. The Monty Python team produced The Lumberjack Song, The Galaxy Song, The Bruces' Philosophers Song but my choice would be Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Life of Brian.

  • Comment number 17.

    My favourite fake song has to be "Bedazzled", from the 1967 film of the same name, performed by Peter Cook as Satan under the moniker of Drimble Wedge & The Vegetations. Covered by Nick Cave, the song was way ahead of its time, the unapproachable attitude ("I'm self contained... You fill me with inertia") currently copied by Lady Gaga.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au9_vfx6t6c

  • Comment number 18.

    Really nice comments so far. Nice list. You're right on All the Way Home, which is super-catchy and I often find myself humming it at odd times when I'm in the car or doing something particularly monotonous. It's kind of a shame there is no actual single for it.

    The only thing I can think of adding that hasn't been yet is Fear of a Black Hat, which is kind of a Spinal Tap rip-off mockumentary but a pretty decent one. It follows N.W.H., a controversial hip-hop group which raps important political statements like Booty Juice, **** the Security Guards and Granny Said Kick Yo ***. The music is pretty good too actually, a perfect imitation of early 90's hip-hop.

    I also like the song Waste of Time from Ladies and Gentlemen the Fabulous Stains because it is so angry and so poorly arranged that I can genuinely believe a fifteen-year-old girl wrote it.

    That Thing You Do is the most obvious pick. I STILL hear that song on the radio from time to time. I just heard it the other day.

    @Penny Rose: Nice call on Phantom of the Paradise, that's one of my favorites too.

  • Comment number 19.

    I also can't resist a list!

    I want to add the rap/hip hop pastiches from Rusty Cundieff's brilliantly funny satire Fear of a Black Hat. The band N.W.H (like N.W.A. except the H stands for hats). All the songs are funny takes on stuff by N.W.A., Public Enemy, etc. but the one that just killed me when I saw this in the theatre was their take-off on P.M. Dawn's "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss" called "I'm Just a Human Being"

    Another great written-for-a-movie song was from the band made of female prison inmates who escape during their premiere concert in the German film, Bandits, by Katja von Garnier. At the end the band performs a song called "Catch Me" as they play a roof top concert to crowds of fans and police. This song is still on rotation on my ipod.

    Also, the entire soundtrack of Velvet Goldmine - a pastiche of Bowie and the rest of the 70s glam rock set is awesome!

    Finally, my favourite fake movie band is John Cameron Mitchell's Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Hedwig's hit "Wig in a Box" is one of my all-time favourite songs.

  • Comment number 20.

    Another favourite of mine is "Sodomy" from Peter Jackson's Muppet pastiche Meet the Feebles. "Sodomy, you must think it odd of me.."
    I miss the g(l)ory days of Jackson's early work. His films just aren't the same without bodily fluids (or Kate Winslet, or even both.)

  • Comment number 21.

    Any song from DR. HORRIBLE'S SING-ALONG BLOG. It's all fantastic.

  • Comment number 22.

    "Smelly Caaaat, smelly cat, what are they feeding you."

  • Comment number 23.

    Your question has just given me the ideal excuse to rewatch "Still Crazy".
    Like "The Commitments", this was written by Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement and yet it never really achieved the same popularity.
    The songs were written specially for the film by Mick Jones (Foreigner) and Chris Difford (Squeeze) and although they sound genuinely pretentious enough to have been composed in the 1970s, they are dead right for the repertoire of "Strange Fruit"

  • Comment number 24.

    Okay one from the small screen but surely "My Lovely Horse" from the Father Ted Eurovision episode deserves a mention?

  • Comment number 25.

    As soon as a song becomes desired by a listener it makes it legitimate. I wouldn't be at all surprised if the Republican Party tried to use some of the songs from Bob Roberts, but I can't imagine Tim Robbins ever letting them get their hands on them!

    Of course the lovely Flight of the Choncords have written some fantastic pastiches...hiphoppotamus vs rhymenocerous anyone?

  • Comment number 26.

    I've done it again! ! ! That will be Conchords!

  • Comment number 27.

    Hi Mark,
    I too have been accused of having a 'high fidelity' mind so to hear my favourite movie critic confess to a similar affliction was music to my ears!(pun, as always, intended)
    So here are my top five pop pastiches (not already included on Dr K's list (I would have definitely put 'A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow' in there otherwise))

    5) 'Kickapoo' by Tenacious D, 'Tenacious D and the pick of destiny' is a geniunely poor movie but fans of classic metal will find it difficult to find fault with the film's opening track. Not only does it feature Meatloaf as Jack Black's authoritarian father but it also has a barnstorming cameo by the late great Ronnie James Dio. The DVD (which I bought in a charity shop, by the way) also features a 'jump to a track' feature so you don't have to endure the 'bongs 'n' knobs' comedy schtick to enjoy the films rocking and, surprisingly catchy soundtrack.

    4)'Uzi Lover' by Fur Q, from 'The Day Today'. In the interest of fairness I thought I'd limit myself to just one selection by comedy genius Chris Morris (that would be an altogether seperate top 5). This Gangsta rap parody, made in '94 at the height of gun obsessed hip-hop culture, succesfully utilises a sample from Phil Collins' 'Easy Lover', layering it with aggresive beats, gunfire sound effects and an entire verse of (hilariously censored) profanity.

    3)'Let's Duet' by Dewey Cox. 'Walk Hard' was a surprisingly enjoyable spoof of the recent trend of po-faced muso biopics. The maker's employed the services of professional songwriters to give the soundtrack some authenticity, but the lyrics were aimed straight at the funny bone. This selection is a lilting country ballad sung by Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly) and his muse/lover Darlene (Jenna Fischer) which is performed straight faced despite being littered with blush inducing innuendo, even the hardest cynic would find it hard not to smirk at the songs opening line: 'Every night you're blowing me......kisses from afar'

    2)'Calm Down, Diedre Barlow' by Le Donk and Scor-Zay-Zee. Shane Meadows' recent no-budget was a patchy but thoroughly enjoyable flick (just a couple of mates mucking around with a camera, but when said mates are Paddy Considine and Shane Meadows, it's worth a look). The films most surprising revalation is that 'Scor-zay-zee', who ambles through the film with a near-autistic blankness, is actually a gifted MC. The movies highlight is undoubtedly when our two heroes blag there way on to the bill at a huge open air Arctic Monkeys' gig. Despite having a backing track coming from a cheap Yamaha keyboard and Paddy Considine's nonsense backing vocals ('calm down, Stephen Hawking...'), Scor-Zay-Zee absolutely nails his performance to the rapturous reception from the audience, a genuinely feel-good movie moment!

    1)'Freelove Freeway' by David Brent. I think this is the song that fits the bill of 'could have been a genuine hit' better than any other. As we all know, before his comedic rise to fame, Ricky Gervais dabbled with a career in music. Music's loss was comedy's gain because only a genuinely talented musician could craft a song that's as cheesily catchy as 'Freelove Freeway'. To describe it as 'sub-Tom Petty' would be doing the song a disservice, it could easily fit into the setlist of any american MOR act, although I'm sure Petty would change the lyrics to avoid it sounding 'gay'.
    The best moment from the best episode of 'The Office' and a song I will never tire of getting stuck in my head.

  • Comment number 28.

    Chris Morris did some fantastic band/genre parodies before he ventured into film. Up there with Spinal Tap in my opinion -

    "Me Oh Myra" by Blouse
    "Uzi Lover" by Far Q
    and the controversial JLb-8

  • Comment number 29.

    full metal jackson - good choice at number 4. I should read the previous posts before I jump in. Too busy fixin' me links. Chris Morris also did a pitch perfect Pixies spoof called "Motherbanger" which is available somewhere.

  • Comment number 30.

    I always thought Marks old co hosts Mark and Lards band the Shirhorses where very good. Some of their songs where better than the song they where making fun of.

    Shirehorses
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOw_8oZQ32s

  • Comment number 31.

    I'd have to nominate 'LET ME HOLD YOU (LITTLE MAN)' from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story; a rather authentic pastiche of Dylanesque mid 60's protest rock, featuring the brilliant lyric: "I'm banging the drum / your big day will come / when they remake The Wizard of Oz"

    On the small screen, you simply can't have a list of this nature without including Todd Rivers from Garth Marenghi's Darkplace performing his woefully early 80's, electro-pop/MOR style anthem 'ONE TRACK LOVER (DOWN A TWO-WAY LANE)', which features the unbelievably cheesy rap stylings of club owner, celebrity manager, restaurateur, entrepreneur and publisher of high-class gentlemen's magazines, Dean Learner (of Man to Man fame).

  • Comment number 32.

    Like Michael Mac my first thought as I watched Mark's list was to wonder at what position "PoP Goes My Heart" by Pop! would be. It really does sound like a forgotten song of the Wham! era and it is also the most infuriating ear worm: I couldn't get it out of my head for several days after I last watched "Music and Lyrics".

  • Comment number 33.

    Greatest songs of the cinema have to be; Windmills of your mind, Live and let die, Everybody's talking,

  • Comment number 34.

    The good Dr has listed some of my favourites indeed. I love the songs from "A Mighty Wind".
    Although a couple of my favourites were from an Aussie movie about an 80s boy band getting together and being a hit with the "single mum" set. They are "Special Time of the Month" "I Cry" wonderful, cheesy homage to all those intense boy bands, and "Picking the Kids Up From School"
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vArwJR4UOMU&feature=PlayList&p=64F420826AF038C5&playnext_from=PL&index=33&playnext=2
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vArwJR4UOMU&feature=PlayList&p=64F420826AF038C5&playnext_from=PL&index=33&playnext=2
    You've just got to laugh, they are so wonderfully tongue-in-cheek.

  • Comment number 35.

    Actually, I've just thought of this and it is true. I remember in an interview that John Barry, film composer wrote the theme to "Born Free" as a pastiche of the Disney themes/songs. And we know how big a hit that became. So it has actually happened.

  • Comment number 36.

    "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young" from Streets of Fire.

  • Comment number 37.

    That Puberty Love song from Attack of the Killer Tomatoes sounds an awful lot like Justin Bieber.

    If Vincent Kane can bring Meet the Feebles into this then surely Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem ought to be here. Hey, it could be real if it weren't being played by puppets.

  • Comment number 38.

    Although the film was really bad! - Through the Trees from Jennifer's Body by Low Shoulder is one of the most haunting tunes I have heard as part of a Soundtrack

  • Comment number 39.

    i cant believe no-one has mentioned "Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mr. Hitler" the theme tune to Dads army, written by jimmy perry, the shows creator, as a pastiche of wartime songs.

  • Comment number 40.

    how about the songs by fictitious band the 'carrie nations' from Russ Meyers fabulous 'beyond the valley of the dolls'
    "Sweet Talking Candyman" is my fave but also
    the catchy folky "Come With the Gentle People,"
    as well as "In the Long Run," "Find It," and "Look On Up At the Bottom."

  • Comment number 41.

    I keep a special place deep in my heart filled with resentment to my parents for taking me to see Pearl Harbour in the cinema. Without a doubt the worst movie going experience of my life to date! However, it did allow me to truly appreciate The Pearl Harbour Song from Team America as the joyous soaring epic that it is.

  • Comment number 42.

    For me it has to be Steve Coogan /Tony Ferrino's 'The Valley of our Souls':

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qePPPFANVPU

  • Comment number 43.

    What about Labyrinth? Just about any song in that could have been released on a soundtrack album. I can imagine families playing it and singing along in the car on the way to holidays to Morcombe Bay.

  • Comment number 44.

    Richard Curtis' Lloyd-Webber spoof Elephant! the musical (based on the Elephant man) in "the Tall Guy", featuring "I'm packing my trunk" and "Somewhere in Heaven there's an angel with big ears".

    Incidently, according to IMDB it was Jason Isaac's film debut (and Hello! to him).

  • Comment number 45.

    "Fever Dog" by Stillwater in the classic rockband road movie Almost Famous has got to be in there. It's a Led Zeppelin-esque triumph that stands up well even on the soundtrack with the likes of zep, beach boys and bowie. Great film too with top performances from Billy Crudup and Jason Lee. Philip Seymour Hoffman never disappoints and is great as music hack Lester Bangs. Even Kate Hudson puts in a good performance. Love the film, very lynyrd skynyrd, very allman brothers.

  • Comment number 46.

    I think Mark Wahlberg's early '80's hair metal songs in Boogie Nights ("Feel the Heat" etc.) should have been Oscar contenders. Spinal Tap would kill for songs like these!

  • Comment number 47.

    Small screen again, but one that Mark likes I think - South Park.

    And as we're talking about pastiche rather than just "funny songs", I'll stick to a lesson from Cartman on Christian Rock:

    http://www.southparkstudios.co.uk/clips/sp_vid_154133/

    For those who want the album:
    http://www.southparkstudios.co.uk/clips/sp_vid_103761/
    Come on everybody! "You're once, twice, three times my Saviour"

  • Comment number 48.

    Top 3!
    In 3rd place:
    Spinal Tap - Big Bottom - Nuff said!

    In 2nd place:
    For pure laughs and spoof-tastic-ness, I totally agree with 'The Pearl Harbour Song' from Team America. There are more out and out belly laughs in that one song than probably 90% of all the other comedy movies released this year, put together. (Yup, the stats are not scientific but that is one REALLY REALLY funny song!)

    In 1st place:
    When it comes to stand out comedy spoof, you usually have to go no further than the original Austin Powers movie for all your needs and once again this cult film does the business.
    BBC by Ming Tea (AFAIK Mike Myers + Susanna Hoffs) is a fantastic song to jump around, head bang and even air guitar to which appeared in the end credits of the film.
    And you really can't argue with the lyrics:
    "Mrs,
    Will ya?
    Make me Tea?
    Make love to me?
    Put on the Telly?
    To the BBC!"

    And as long as it's Kermode on BBC News 24, what more could anyone ask for??
    Song
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFwIY04a0Ss&feature=related
    Video:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa8TyF6lo80&feature=related

    Hope you enjoy it!
    Sammy

  • Comment number 49.

    Definitely not one of my specialties (although I think a conversation is in order about the postmodern musical, Once being a v. good example) but the first thought that popped into mind was, of all things, Frasier. Specifically the show High Crane Drifter where Daphne Moon tells of the time when she used to live in the same building as a punk band. They only knew one song which they played over and over again. It went something like this:

    "Flesh is burning na na na na na na / Flesh is burning na na na na na na / Flesh is burning na na na..."

    You get the picture. Great comment on British punk culture and is frightfully catch (as emphasised in the show when Martin Crane starts humming it to himself later on in the show). Actually, the show is filled with little musical gold nuggets as Frasier is furious at his new neighbor Freddy Chainsaw for playing his music way to loud. Which leads to comments like this:

    "Chainsaw. Of the Newport Chainsaws?" and "Doesn't he ever stop for sex and drugs?!"

    "His las album sold five million copies." / "Oh, well then, I'll just add that to the list of reasons to die."

  • Comment number 50.

    All the way home is an obvious classic like the rest of Tap. Also Freelove Freeway has very much potential. But on a serious note I really thought that the whole Heartless soundtrack was real achievement in this department. It was just what the doctor ordered. It also reminded me about the golden days of italian giallo where every second on a soundtrack was composed just for that film, including all the pop songs. There were some real gems among the dirt.

  • Comment number 51.

    "Cos I'm a blonde (yeah,yeah,yeah)"

    from "Earth Girls Are Easy"

    a maddeningly catchy chorus

    plus

    Duck, Magnum, duck!!!

  • Comment number 52.

    "Na morskome plavom žalu", from Emir Kusturica's "Sjećaš li se Dolly Bell", performed by Slavko Štimac, is one of the best moments in ex-Yugoslavian film in general.
    See a clip here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pn8MrwSz5Js&feature=related

    Also, two gypsy boys from Slobodan Šijan's "Ko to tamo peva" are just amazing:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uCTJ7hkX-k

    That's what I would recommend from my local turf. I'm also suprised there's no mention of Aki Kaurismäki's Leningrad Cowboys.

  • Comment number 53.


    Drugs stink

    Wall Street Rap

    Drugs stink

    ...and lets not forget the early appearance of that other pastiche artist Jack Black!

  • Comment number 54.

    apologies for posting one of them twice!

  • Comment number 55.

    @ MargeGunderson - An easy mistake to make (Conchords/Choncords), it was pointed out to me only recently that I'd been mis-spelling Jemaine's name by putting in an 'R' where you'd usually expect to find one.

    Anyway, my personal favourite Conchords track is "I'm Not Crying" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGes7FDmHAM) - The "There's just a little bit of dust in my eye..." part of the song is absolutely sublime.

  • Comment number 56.

    Ooops... sincere apologies to the BBC if I shouldn't have posted the links to the Bob Roberts songs! I guess they could be misconstrued by somebody.
    @Miracle Mile - I would have put an 'R' in too!

  • Comment number 57.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 58.

    Straight out of Locash from the Chris Rock film CB4.

    The film's a send up of 'Gangsta Rap' of the early '90s taking aim at groups like NWA but it also includes a pretty funny MC Hammer parody (Wacky Dee).

    The soundtrack, including some of the parody songs, actually did quite well in the US Billboard and Hip-Hop charts.

  • Comment number 59.

    Sounded a little Danny Dyer-esque at the end there. Maybe he could perform as a guest vocalist for the Dodge Brothers. Just a thought.

  • Comment number 60.

    I don't know if anyone has mentioned STILL CRAZY, but there's some great classic rock tunes in that movie.

  • Comment number 61.

    The greatest fake songs in film have got to be from Robert Altman's NASHVILLE. They were all sung (and mostly written) by the actors themselves and some are absolute classics of questionable country music (with truly marvellous titles like "Tapedeck in His Tractor", "The Day I Looked Jesus in the Eye" and "My Baby's Cookin' In Another Man's Pan"). The whole soundtrack of the film was loathed by the music industry in Nashville when it came out for being a piss take -- especially the songs sung in the Grand Ole Opry by Henry Gibson's character, the bible-thumping, sequins-and-satin-jumpsuit-clad Haven Hamilton ("For The Sake of the Children", "200 Years"). But crazily enough the film actually won the Best Original Song Oscar for Keith Carradine's "I'm Easy" -- so the film was not a complete parody.

  • Comment number 62.

    Some that I don't think have been mentioned....
    'Sweet Ballad' by Zooey Deschanel and Munchausen By Proxy
    'Always Look On The Bright Side of Life' from the Life Of Brian
    'How Silly Can You Get?' (and others) By Nick Rivers (Val Kilmer) in Top Secret
    All the songs from Crazy Heart were outstanding... All of them. I don't know if that's what the Good Doctor is asking for, though, so...
    The 'Oompah Loompah' song and ('Pure 'Imagination') from Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
    'The Rainbow Connection' sung by Kermit The Frog in the Muppet Movie.

    How many was that? Sorry.
    I also enjoyed how the 'big song' at the end of the movie 'Garage Days' was handled. Genius.

  • Comment number 63.

    "Understand me when I say,
    Gedurble-diggle-doggle-niggle-foggle-nibble-nay"

    That's right, 'Tongue Tied' from Red Dwarf, the lyrics are too funny to be true but the music... Howard Goodall can do no wrong. The theme, when sung over the credits roll, is great pop as well, really.

    Then there is of course 'One Track Lover' from the last episode of Garth Marenghi's Darkplace (recommended watching for those who've seen more bad low budget horror or 80's TV shows than they care to remember, or anyone else with a sense of humour). It's a perfect little piece of cheesy 80's pop sung by Matt Berry accompanied by a hilarious rap performance by David Ayoade.

    Tongue Tied: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3t3IKlXqFU
    One Track Lover: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3rNBAMt-kg

    Yes, sorry, I couldn't think of any movie songs that have not been taken, so I jumped on the sitcom theme instead.

  • Comment number 64.

    For shame, Dr. K and fellow followers. Have you forgotten Paul Giovanni's brilliant soundtrack to the original Wicker Man which convincingly pastiches traditional music of the British Isles? So many songs to choose from - 'Corn Rig', 'The Landlord's Daughter', 'Summer is Icumen in', but no. 1 has got to be Willow's siren song 'How Do'.

  • Comment number 65.

    By the way Mark, you've been beaten to the Spinal Tap tribute by Supergrass. The song "Evening of the day" is a tribute to Tap's "All the way home" and inludes some lines from the song.

  • Comment number 66.

    what, no love for Pugwall and the Orange Organics?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SQeuu0ftcws&feature=related

  • Comment number 67.

    Don't forget most of the songs in Team America World Police.

    'Freedom Isn't Free' , 'America Fu%$ Yeah', 'Pearl Habour Sucked and i miss you'.

    To name but a few , complete genius

  • Comment number 68.

    "Hurt Feelings" by the Flight of the Conchords is musicaly daft but strong song as it portrays those "hurt" moments fairly well in reality plus it is generally "catchy".
    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zI3_pnUU3k )
    Another song by Flight of the Conchords which is possibly stronger than the above is "inner city pressure".lryicley is funny but has that sense of reality due to its silly back of thoughts situations such as "Look in your pockets, haven't found a cent yet.
    Tenants on your balls, "have you payed your rent yet?",funny but realistic too.
    ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RC0DdrHbGg&feature=fvw )

  • Comment number 69.

    I always thought that in School Of Rock when Jack Black sings 'Legend Of The Rent' to his class, that could be a great song.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl9UBB_Epas

  • Comment number 70.

    @Richard Shaw
    Yes! "...and the legend of the rent was way hard coooorre!"

  • Comment number 71.

    My selection is the song F@$k the Security Guards , from the movie Fear of a Black Hat which is a brilliant parody of Hip Hop and gangster rap.

    Another has to be Spider Pig, from The Simpsons Movie, easily the funniest part of the film for me.

    Last ,but not least, the excellent Earache my Eye, from Cheech and Chong Up in Smoke, "Mamma's talkin' to me tryna tell me how to live, but I don't listen to her 'cause my head is like a sieve".

  • Comment number 72.

    How about 'That'll Be the Day' and 'Stardust' with David Essex starring as Jim MacLaine and Billy Fury as Stormy Tempest (ha ha.
    Some covers of genuine old songs and some written for the movie and the fictional band, with minor roles for real pop stars of the time too.

  • Comment number 73.

    How about Peter Cook singing 'Dedazzled' from the the film of the same name. I love the the line 'you fill me with inerture'

    And of course The Mighty Boosh have Eels, Eels, Eels..etc.

  • Comment number 74.

    Let's not forget the excellent, but appalling, Springtime for Hitler from The Producers. Awesome.

  • Comment number 75.

    Blazing Saddles sung by Frankie Lane, "he rode a blazing saddle, he wore a shiny star, his job to offer battle to man both near and far".

  • Comment number 76.

    Has anyone mentioned Monty Pythons Knights Of The Round Table song "I have to push the pramalot". This song would probably not pass as a real song unless it was played on Mike Hardings Folk Hour on Radio 2.

  • Comment number 77.

    @mirrorbus
    yeah...the boosh have lots of good pastiches...how about 'el sonida nuevo - the new sound' by Rudi Van Disarzio and Spider Dijon, (the Bongo Brothers!)definitely a pastiche of Santana but brilliant in it's own right!

  • Comment number 78.

    Ha! your mistaking a "fake song" for a "real song" story reminded me of something similar that happened to me.

    Not a pop song, but... anyway. This was before I'd seen the film "Hannibal". A friend of mine played me the soundtrack, and I fell in love with the operatic piece "Vide cor meum". I then spent a good while trying to track down the opera from which it had been taken; eventually, I discovered that it's an original composition by the Irish composer Patrick Cassidy. And I'd looked forward so much to hearing the rest of the opera! :)

  • Comment number 79.

  • Comment number 80.

    I originally had nothing to post here, but I fear I cannot pass up this opportunity.
    This Wednesday I went to my wonderful local art cinema (QUAD in Derby) to see the new Japanese gem 'Fish Story'. The titular song is created by Punk a band a year before the Sex Pistols are formed.
    Though not technically a pastiche, it is both believable and funny, containing the wonderful lyric:

    'If my faliure were a fish, it would be so comic there would be no place that it could be'

    I highly recommend the film by the way; it is truly wonderful and answers the question 'can Punk save the world'?

  • Comment number 81.

    Noble Doc,

    "Farewell and adieu to you, fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu, you ladies of Spain."

  • Comment number 82.

    From the small screen, there's actually an awful lot to be said for Bill Oddie's songs from the Goodies. My favourite being the postman song from Radio Goodies (where they set up a pirate radio station/post office). "Hurry hurry hurry postman, gotta get a letter, gotta get a letter to you...doodoodoodoodo..."

  • Comment number 83.

    I know Team America's been mentioned already, but the amazingly wonderful "Montage", which was originally from one of the South Park episodes, hasn't I don't think.

    Just awesomely stupid, and definitely a contender!

  • Comment number 84.

    what about "the american dream" from wag the dog.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enH2igVo55U&feature=fvst

    not just a parody of a song, you get a parody of a whole war...

  • Comment number 85.

    Nothing new, but Stillwater from Almost Famous and School of Rock hold a special place in my heart.
    Also, i was surprised nothing came of Freelove Freeway from The Office as a full band version was recorded.

    Was anything from the Blues Brothers original or was it all covers? Blues isn't my strong point.

  • Comment number 86.

    I hope when the Dodge Brothers perform 'All The Way Home', they get the lyrics right. :) They found out what sorrow means rather than what sadness means. Sorry to nit pick.
    As for songs that could be real, as a lot of people have said Spinal Tap, my favourite being Stonehenge, simply for the lines 'where the dew cry and the cats meow, will you take me there, will you show me how?

  • Comment number 87.

    man of constant sorrow... from brother where art thou.

  • Comment number 88.

    Very surprised that no one has mentioned Grace of My Heart, the story of a fictional character not too unlike Carole King, played by Illeana Douglas with a soundtrack full of brilliant era pastiche/tribute tunes, one featuring the first collaboration between Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach (God Give Me Strength). Songs by Joni Mitchell and Jill Sobule also feature.


    Rutles still one of the best satire/pastiche, there was even a tribute cover album, Rutles Highway Revisited (A tribute to The Rutles), released in the '90's. What could be more mindblowing than Goose Step Mama covered by Shonen Knife?

  • Comment number 89.

    This is a nice list, but there are so many. One I would include is "Shape of Things to Come" by the fictional Max Frost and the Troopers from the film Wild in the Streets".

  • Comment number 90.

    You All Everybody by Driveshaft as heard throughout in Lost. It has mind numbingly stupid lyrics and it sticks to your brain the way all bad/good hits do.

  • Comment number 91.

    ironically, one of the best songs came from one of the worst movies.
    eurotrip (somehow carrying a 6.5 imdb rating) featuring vinnie jones as a cockney man u supporter travelling to europe on an open top double decker... frankly its terrible!!
    the one good thing about the movie is matt damon singing 'scotty doesnt know' actually performed by lustra.

    also school of rock in that movie... er.. what was it called?

  • Comment number 92.

    Anything by Matt and Trey (aka South Park and Team America) gets my vote. Watch the actual musical they did years ago called Cannibal! The Musical! and some of the songs in there are pure genius for many reasons.

    Other than them I would personally go with anything from Still Crazy for having some beautiful songs in, stand out song for my is What might have been by Jimmy Nail.

 

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