The Scene (#7): Music & Movies

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We wore out my girlfriend’s Operation Ivy cassette driving around town that winter and continued spending our Friday nights hanging out at our local record store. Whenever we had a little money in our pockets, we added CD’s and cassettes to our growing collection of music.

I completed my Green Day collection with 1,039 Smoothed Out Slappy Hours, and I also added the 2-disc Woodstock ‘94 collection so that I’d have their live version of “When I Come Around.”

My girlfriend grabbed Rancid’s Let’s Go after hearing “Salvation” on the radio and learning that Matt Freeman and Tim “Lint” Armstrong,” two of the members of Operation Ivy, were now in Rancid.

My best friend Hippie went the cheaper route with more variety and grabbed the Punk-O-Rama Volume 1 compilation; introducing us to bands such as Pennywise, Ten Foot Pole, and Bad Religion.

My girlfriend’s best friend (Hippie’s girlfriend) always grabbed whatever promotional music was being given away for free by the door on the way out; a Fastball cassette featuring “Make Your Mama Proud” and “Are You Ready For The Fallout?”, an All CD promoting their upcoming album Pummel that featured “Million Bucks,” and an Everclear cassette promoting their upcoming Chicago show and new album Sparkle and Fade that featured “Santa Monica” and “You Make Me Feel Like A Whore.”

On nights where it was snowing and roads were slick with ice, instead of driving we opted to make the one-block walk to the local video rental store and spend the night watching movies and hanging out.

As our lives had done a major 180 over the past 6 months and music became our focus, that bled over into everything we did and how we made our choices; including what movies to rent.

Dazed and Confused was chosen because The Runaways “Cherry Bomb” was on the soundtrack.

Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, and an actual appearance by Pearl Jam in the movie made Singles an obvious choice.

And how could you not love Winona Rider and Ethan Hawke together in Reality Bites? Not to mention that the film also included songs by U2, The Posies, and The Knack.

But just like with that one Woodstock ‘94 moment from Green Day that shaped everything for me music wise, Clerks did the same for me with movies. While we initially grabbed this one because Bad Religion and Soul Asylum were on the soundtrack, the brash sense of humor had us laughing so much that we had to re-watch the movie just to make sure we didn’t miss any of the jokes. It was unapologetic and didn’t seem to care who it offended; much like the punk rock music we were growing to love.

YOUR TURN: What movie that you found because of the music in it became one of your favorites like Clerks did for me? Tell us below!



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