Film has been known to inspire people to do many things with their life. This is because a film can be completely life changing for some people in that it can change your mood or even your look on life. Many films have also influenced many musicians to create their own bits of art based on the films they’ve watched. Here is a list of some of the best examples of great songs that have been influenced by Film.
Alt – J – Matilda
The song taken from Alt-J’s first album ‘An Awesome Wave’ (in which the title for the album was taken from a line from ‘American Psycho’) was influenced by Luc Besson’s classic thriller, ‘Leon’. He explained to NME that “When I was about 12, the film Léon had a major effect on me. Matilda is this amazing character. All her family are killed and she forces Léon the hitman to be friends with her so she can get revenge. I was sucked in by her. I had a boy crush on Léon and a girl crush on Matilda.”
Eminem Feat. Dr. Dre – Guilty Conscience
The classic song from Eminem’s major label debut in which a man battles with his conscience (played by Eminem and Dre) was originally thought of by Dre after he watched ‘Animal House’. Eminem told NME that “The whole concept for ‘Guilty Conscience’ is from Animal House, where the girl has passed out and the guy has to decide what he does. He has a Devil on one shoulder, an angel on the other.”
Foals – Moon
The final song on Foals most recent album ‘Holy Fire’ is a song inspired by the apocalyptic film ‘Melancholia’. Philippakis told NME “I like this image of walking through somewhere and it being the end of days. It’s just total, total decay. It’s all just matter disintegrating into dust. Then there’s a shift in the song and then you’re accepting of it. It’s like you’re almost embracing the white light that’s headed for you. It’s death. It’s one of my favourite songs, that one.”
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
This is the second song inspired by the film ‘Melancholia’ from psychedelic rock band ‘Tame Impala’. This song finds lead Singer Kevan Parker singing of isolation and change, he wrote it directly after watching the film.
Vampire Weekend – Walcott
Before the days of Vampire Weekend, Ezra Koenig watched ‘The Lost Boys’ and was influenced to make a short film. It was about someone called Walcott, who’s dad was killed by vampires so he travels to Cape Cod to warn them of the vampire attack. Years later he uncovered the short film and decided to make the song we now know as ‘Walcott’ based on the short film.
David Bowie – Space Oddity
Bowie wrote his classic 1969 song ‘Space Oddity’ after he saw Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’. The title of the song is a play on words from the film’s title and although the title doesn’t appear in the song it tells a similar story in that it’s about a man stranded in space.
Pixies – Debaser
The Pixies classic from their seminal album ‘Doolittle’ was based on the surrealist film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador, Dalí ‘Un Chien Andalou’. The lyrics are all based on the film including the line ‘Slicin’ up eyeballs/I want you to know.’ which is a reference to a scene in the film in which someone slices their eye with a razorblade.
Jay -Z – Blue Magic
Jay-Z’s entire ‘American Gangster’ album was in fact influenced by the Denzel Washington film of the same name. But on this song Jay Z seems to be making direct comparisons to the film with his past life.