9 Delightful Instances Of Anachronistic Film Music That Should Shut The Gatsby Haters Right Up

Ladyhawke: Synthtacular, synthtacular.
Screen Shot 2013-05-06 at 11.00.01 AM.png

Gangs Of New York: The energy of the opening Battle Of The Five Points is ramped up to 11 thanks in large part to Peter Gabriel's crunchy futuristic soundtrack. This is when everything in the film is beautiful before Cameron Diaz drags the whole enterprise to the ground.

Django Uchained: I could listen to this John Legend track all day. I just might.

House of Pleasures: An already moody and eery project is made all the more haunting by clever use of The Moody Blues.

Dirty Dancing: There are a lot of jamming songs from the 60s in this cult classic, but the song most people remember is the very 80s-sounding "Time Of Your Life." Does then anachronism matter? Not even a little bit.

Marie Antoinette: The movie doesn't work on the whole. All the deeper, emotional moments fall flat. But the musical sequences and Coppola's attempt to parallel the decadent 80s with the opulent 1780s are absolutely jaw-droppingly phenomenal. It's a pity the rest couldn't live up.

Legend: Once again, the synth heavy soundtrack does nothing to detract from Ridley Scott's ridiculously enjoyable film. If you can accept whatever it is Tim Curry is doing here, you can accept the electronic music.

Moulin Rouge: Not every second of anachronistic tuneage worked in this film. Yes, "Like A Virgin" sequence, I'm looking at you and your quivering jello molds. But the floor-stomping, bodice ripping energy behind the "El Tango De Roxanne" sequence coupled with Jose Feliciano's roaring delivery almost drives the thought of The Police out of your mind. Almost. And yeah, that Jose Feliciano. Feliz Navidad, everyone.

Inglorious Basterds: This is maybe one of the most divisive instances of anachronistic music in Tarantino's body of work. Many hated the use of Bowie, I, on the other hand, found myself holding my breath with delight.

Joanna Robinson intentionally did not include A Knight's Tale on here but will, nonetheless, pledge her undying devotion to Lichtenstein. He's blonde! He's tan! He comes from Gelderland! Send her your best Paul Bettany bum shots here.

Get entertainment, celebrity and politics updates via Facebook or Twitter. Buy Pajiba merch at the Pajiba Store.

Robert Downey, Jr. Quotes on 10 (Mostly Terrible) Movies He Made Before "Iron Man" Made Him the Most Successful Actor on the Planet | Anne Hathaway Changed Her Hair Color, But James Franco Is Still the Same Old Douchebag

Bigots, Trolls & MRAs Are Not Welcome in the Comments

The Pajiba Store


Privacy Policy