40. New Order - Ceremony
Marie Antoinette (2006)
Most costume drama directors can't go anywhere without trailing a 70-piece orchestra behind them. Not Sofia Coppola. For her corset-packed portrait of teenage-kicks queen Antoinette, she went with a contemporary selection of songs; the playlist highlight being New Order's classic Ceremony. Like the decadent party it soundtracks, Ceremony's an upbeat affair at first glance - but look closely at the lyrics: "Oh, I'll break them down, no mercy shown, Heaven knows, it's got to be this time, avenues all lined with trees, picture me and then you start watching..." and you'll see the seeds of a (French) revolution.
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39. Geto Boys - Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster
Office Space (1999)
White boys get their strop on in Judge’s software-slave satire. First, Ron Livingston’s drop-out desk-monkey Peter Gibbons feels the good gangster vibrations as he decimates his work-space and smears fresh fish-guts on the ‘TPS’ report sheets. Next, he takes Samir (Ajay Naidu) and Michael Bolton (David Herman) on a post-job field trip: to baseball-bat Hell’s own laser printer, “pc load letter” warnings and all, into stillness.
GET IT: Office Space: Original Soundtrack (Interscope – US import)
38. Johann Strauss - The Blue Danube
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
In space, no-one can hear you waltz. A gliding shuttle is gently courted by a spinning space station in Kubrick's elegant docking sequence. The circular frolics of Strauss's graceful waltz transform the weightless meeting of two spacecraft into what Kubrick called "a sort of machine ballet". Given the film’s theme, it's also laced with sly irony: this delicious courtship dance rendered sterile by the soulless techno-sheen.
GET IT: Strauss Family: Marches, Polkas and Waltzes (London)
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