We, like, totally grew up in the Valley so we fer sher had a cow when we first saw the 1983 film, Valley Girl. Oh my god, Nick Cage was a babe-o-rama even if he was totally a bad-to-the-bone wannabe. But the part that made Valley Girl so fresh was the new wave soundtrack including Jack’s 5th Show Artist, [lastfm]Modern English[/lastfm]. Their #1 hit, “I Melt With You,” made every stud and mall rat wanna do the nasty. So what other choice films used this (and covers of) this major clothes-melting megatune?
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
So many babes and guns, so little box office dollars. But a couple good things did come out of this film: Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie began their baby making and the film featured a bouncing Brazilian version of “I Melt With You” covered by French band [lastfm]Nouvelle Vague[/lastfm]. We can only assume that the baby making was a product of [lastfm]Modern English[/lastfm]’s excellent lyrical construction.
50 First Dates (2004)
Quirky. Cute. 80s songs covered on a ukulele. Duh, it’s a rom-com with Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. [lastfm]Jason Mraz[/lastfm] did a ska-reggae version of “I Melt With You” for this movie. It’s decidedly horrible and if we heard this wretched mutilation of [lastfm]Modern English[/lastfm]’s amazing song on our first date it would probably be our last.
Sky High (2005)
Again, this fantastically epic love song is covered by the horrendous [lastfm]Bowling For Soup[/lastfm] for an equally horrendous Disney movie. Hey Disney Channel! You really should stop tragically ruining perfect pop songs.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Palm to face. Who even remembers this band, [lastfm]MEST[/lastfm]? No one, that’s who.
UGH, this is all grody to the max. Our ears are bleeding. Let’s listen to the original to fix that problem.
Much, much better.