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Stereo MCs – Connected (1992)

August 25, 2017

[Album 563/1001]

Last week, when BuriedOnMars reviewed Captain America, I argued in the comments that through his presence alone, Stanley Tucci improves every movie he’s in by 20%.

Of all my math-y theories, it’s surely among my least controversial.

Tucci’s just that good!

Though it got me thinking, instead of actors & movies, what about songs & movies?

One could easily make the argument that songs would/should enhance a movie (as they’re specially selected for specific scenes).

But is the inverse also true, can a movie enhance a song?

If a given song appears in a good movie, is the song enhanced by a measurable %?

Or if a given song appears in a lousy film, does the song lose a % of its lustre?

According to the lads in High Fidelity, it can. and irreversibly so!

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Barry: Top 5 songs about death…And, uh, You Can’t Always Get What You Want.
Dick: No. Immediate disqualification because of its involvement with The Big Chill.
Barry: Oh God. You’re right!
(at 0:45)

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In 1992, the Stereo MCs recorded a track named Step it Up.

It’s the side two opener on Connected and is reasonably appropriate as a measuring stick for the rest of the album.

Some songs may be slightly superior/inferior but most will be comparable in terms of overall quality and dance-ability.220px-Stereomcsconnected

In 1993, Step it Up was included in the film Wayne’s World 2.

As show in the scene below, it gets a decent amount of airtime as the record playing in the club prior to Y.M.C.A.

The question is, does your opinion of the song, and by extension the band & album, change after seeing it featured in the movie?

Does it get boosted 20% for the positive/memorable association?

Does it drop by 20% as Wayne’s World 2 just isn’t your bag?

Does its inclusion in the film neither help nor hurt its cause?

In any event, I’m sure Wayne’s World 2 would have been 20% better if Mr. Tucci had made an appearance!

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(starting at 2:00)

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Verbalize the Positive

Cheers to BuriedonMars for inspiring this post!

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From → 1990s

17 Comments
  1. Thanks so much for the shout out! I of course can agree with this. Movies definitely do have an effect on songs for me. I can’t think of anytime when a movie made me hate a song. The Royal Tenenbaums put The Ramones Judy is a Punk on my radar. More recently Love and Happiness by Al Green at the end of The Nice Guys. And after watching Zodiac I can never listen to Donovan’s Hurdy Gurdy man the same way ever again.

    • I’d forgotten about the Tenenbaums appearance – I think I’m due for a re-watch.
      And my pleasure!

  2. Here is an album I always saw in my store, but never actually heard.

    Yes folks that’s my witty and deep contribution today.

  3. Oh and very sorry to say but Wayne’s World 2 just isn’t my bag 😦

  4. jprobichaud permalink

    To be honest, the only track that I have ever heard by these guys in the title track. But man, was it a zinger back in the day. Can’t say I remember the scene in Wayne’s World 2. In fact, can’t say I remember that film at all.

  5. Hah, my hubs inspired you! And I totally remember Stereo MCs! I barely remember Wayne’s World 2, however (but LOVE the first movie).

    • The hubs was an inspiration!
      It’s funny, I’d argue Austin Powers 2 was stronger than AP1 but I’d imagine few would make the same argument with the Wayne’s Worlds

  6. Well, I can’t say I’ve ever enjoyed YMCA that much before!

  7. Good LP this one, have bopped to a few tracks from this one in my time.

  8. I’ve never heard this! I know one or two tracks thanks to airplay, but it was never something I ever checked out. I may do so, right enough… I always see the CD for a quid!

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