From Deep Blue Something’s 1995 single “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Air’s latest album, Le Voyage Dans La Lune, inspired by the early French film of the same name, you can find many examples of bands drawing inspiration from the movies. But I just got a record from a band called You Bred Raptors?, and it got me to thinking about other quotable moments from the movies that have made their way into song titles, albums titles, and even band names. Here are some memorable lines that most of us know, and the music they’ve inspired.
“You bred raptors?” The incredulous scientist from Jurassic Park provides the NY-based post-rock trio (cello, electric bass, drums) with its name. You Bred Raptors?’s (wow, that’s a weird punctuation) debut CD is called Hammond.
“You're gonna need a bigger boat.” The best moment from Jaws also inspired the title of the 2009 debut album by the Brighton Port Authority, a band led by Norman Cook – better known as Fatboy Slim. I Think We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Boat features David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Martha Wainwright, and a host of others.
“Round up the usual suspects.” An absolute classic line from Casablanca. There are several bands whose names play on the “usual suspects” part, but leave it to the arty punks of Japanther to make the entire line work as a song. “Round Up The Usual Suspects” appears on their album Beets, Limes and Rice.
“Purity of essence.” General Ripper’s mad ravings about “precious bodily fluids” and “purity of essence” are one of the few things about Dr. Strangelove I actually remember, apart from the final scene. The veteran Australian rockers Hoodoo Gurus called their 2010 album Purity of Essence – and it wasn’t the first time they referred to visual media: during the band’s lengthy hiatus in the late 90s/early aughts, they briefly performed as The Moops. (A memorable phrase from an episode of Seinfeld.)
“No Mr. Bond; I expect you to die.” James Bond, faced with a typically inventive, painful, and thoroughly over-explained death, asks Goldfinger , “do you expect me to talk?” This droll reply is the title of a somewhat folky song by the German alt/rockers Locas In Love.
“We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” Okay, this is both a quote, and a misquote. The original line from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, is “We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” But of course we all know it from the parodied version heard in Blazing Saddles. I figured someone had to have used this iconic line, so I looked it up and found that a band called Puro Bandido, a Latin group from San Francisco’s Mission District, released a 2010 album called We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges.
Do you have a favorite line from the movies that’s appeared as a band name or an album title? Leave a comment.