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« on: December 29, 2005, 01:36:12 PM »

I recently saw two so-so movies that included Beach Boys tracks: the new "Alfie," which featured "Little Saint Nick," and "50 First Dates," which had "Wouldn't It Be Nice."  It made me wonder if there is a definitive list of Beach Boys tracks used in feature film soundtracks.  The lists at IMDb under Brian's, Carl's, Dennis's names (as composers) seem incomplete (for instance Brian is not listed for either "Alfie" or "50 First Dates.")

The most "obscure" (to the general public) Beach Boys song I'm aware of being on a movie soundtrack is "Feel Flows," which was in "Almost Famous."

My favorite appearance of a Beach Boys song in a movie is "American Graffiti," which plays "All Summer Long" over the closing credits. (The characters also talk about the Beach Boys in the film, which is set in 1962.)
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2005, 01:46:22 PM »

Another incredible one is the finale of Shampoo, which uses Wouldn't It Be Nice to great effect.
WIBN is also used memorably in Roger And Me.
God Only Knows is used wonderfully in Boogie Nights.
Don't Worry Baby is in Never Been Kissed.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2005, 01:57:58 PM »

"God Only Knows" is used in a  most unsettling manner in 'Enduring Love'.  Stalker-flick - good choice.

"God Only Knows" used at the end of 'Love Actually'.  Good date flick.
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2005, 02:00:11 PM »

A couple horrible ones are When I Grow Up in Look Who's Talking and Surfin' U.S.A. in Teen Wolf.
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2005, 02:24:00 PM »

I thought Wouldn't It Be Nice was used well in Bubble Boy.  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2005, 02:53:38 PM »

A couple BW '88 songs were used in 'Can't Buy Me Love', that cheesy 80's Patrick Dempsey movie. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2005, 03:10:20 PM »

"This Isn't Love" by Brian was used in the Flinstones  movie (second one I think)
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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2005, 03:14:55 PM »

Karen Burdorff on the PSML has been keeping a list for a while now.  It's the most definitive one of which i'm aware...
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2005, 02:48:14 AM »

Both "Lay Down Burden" and "Love And Mercy (IJWMFTT-version)" were used in "Orange County".

Does the meddle in "Top Secret" count?
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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2005, 07:10:54 AM »

A couple BW '88 songs were used in 'Can't Buy Me Love', that cheesy 80's Patrick Dempsey movie. Wink

Hey, don't call that movie cheesy!  At age 17 I loved it!  I don't remember the BW '88 songs from the soundtrack, though.  Do you remember which ones they were?  IMDb lists "Surfin' Safari" on the soundtrack but no other Brian compositions.
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« Reply #10 on: December 30, 2005, 07:13:47 AM »

A couple horrible ones are When I Grow Up in Look Who's Talking and Surfin' U.S.A. in Teen Wolf.

If anything, you better be criticizing the songs.

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*Criticizing Teen Wolf Too is entirely permissible, and, in fact, encouraged.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2005, 08:40:53 AM »

A couple horrible ones are When I Grow Up in Look Who's Talking

What about I Get Around at the beginning?
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« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2005, 09:04:12 AM »

"Kokomo" is used in the film "Cocktail" with Tom Cruise.  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2005, 09:04:54 AM »

There's a pair of tragedies for you...
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« Reply #14 on: December 30, 2005, 09:05:25 AM »

The perfect choice for such a movie.
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« Reply #15 on: December 30, 2005, 09:48:23 AM »

The most "obscure" (to the general public) Beach Boys song I'm aware of being on a movie soundtrack is "Feel Flows," which was in "Almost Famous."

Actually the most obscure would probably be from one of the most obscure movies of all time, Neil Young's "Journey Through The Past" and his use of Brian Wilson's "Let' Go Away For A While" during the closing credits. Believe it or not, that is where my love for Brian's music all began.
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« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2005, 10:39:05 AM »

DAMN!!!!!!!!!
I forgot that, the best use of Brian's music in a film by far.
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« Reply #17 on: December 31, 2005, 01:47:13 AM »

Here's the list - could probably use some updating:

                 
1964 Karen (TV)      
"Karen" performed  by the BB
 
1964  The T.A.M.I. Show    
(The Beach Boys segment was in the theatrical release only, but is now available on the DVD part of Sights & Sounds Of Summer)

1965 The Monkey's Uncle     
"The Monkey's Uncle"

1965 Beach Ball    
"My Buddy Seat" written by Brian Wilson, sung by The Hondells with  background vocals from Brian.

 1965 Girls on the Beach   
"Girls on the Beach"
"Lonely Sea"
"Little Honda"
 
1972 Neil Young's Journey Through  the Past   
"Let's Go Away For Awhile"
 
1973 American Graffiti   
"Surfin' Safari"
"All Summer Long"
 
1975 Shampoo   
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
 
1978 Almost Summer   
"Almost Summer"
"Sad, Sad Summer"
(the movie version of these two differ greatly from the LP tracks)
“Cruisin’”
"Lady Lynda"

1978 Dead Man's Curve (TV)    
"Surfin'"
 
1979 Americathon     
"It's A Beautiful Day"
 
1980 Hollywood Knights      
“Fun, Fun, Fun"
" Barbara Ann"
“Surfin' USA"
" Surf City"
 
1983 The Big Chill     
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
 
1984  The Karate Kid     
"(Bop Bop) On the Beach"  written by Mike Love, sung by Mike in movie but not on soundtrack LP.

1984 Top Secret!     
"California Girls"
"Little Honda"
"Surfin' USA"
"Fun, Fun, Fun"
"Hawaii"
"Do It Again"

Note - although these songs are listed in the credits, they are not actually heard in the film: rather they form the basis of the hilarious "Skeet Shootin' USA" medley.

1984  Up The Creek     
"Chasin' the Sky"

1985 A View To Kill     
"California Girls" sung by Adrian Baker

1985 Teen Wolf      
"Surfin' USA"

1985  Weird Science     
"Don't Worry Baby"
 
1986 One Crazy Summer   
"Fun, Fun, Fun"
"Do It Again"
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
"In My Room"

1986 Flight Of the Navigator    
"I Get Around"

1986 Down and Out In Beverly Hills 
California Girls" (David Lee Roth's version)
 
1987 Back To The Beach     
"Catch A Wave"

1987 Can't Buy Me Love     
"Surfin' Safari"

1987 Good Morning Vietnam     
"I Get Around"
"Warmth Of The Sun"
"Don't Worry Baby"

1987 The New Monkees(TV)    
"Do It Again"

1987 Police Academy 4
"Let's Go To Heaven In My Car"

1987 Telephone      
"Happy Endings"

1987  Disorderlies      
"Wipeout"  (need confirmation that this   was indeed the BB with the Fat Boys version)
 
1988 Alien Nation     
"Surfin' Safari"

1988 Cocktail      
"Kokomo"

1988 Tequila Sunrise     
"Don't Worry Baby" (new version w/Everly Bros.)

1988   Lover Boy       
"Walkin The Line" 
"Melt Away" - both are Brian Wilson
 
1989 Lethal Weapon 2     
"Still Cruisin"

1989 Look Who's Talking
"I Get Around"
"When I Grow Up "

1989 Roger and Me     
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"

1989 She's Outta Control     
"Daddy's Little Girl" - Brian Wilson

1989 Troop Beverly Hills     
"Make It Big" - different mix to LP release
 
1990 Downtown          
"Shutdown"
"I Get Around"
"Catch A Wave"
"Surfin' USA"
"Surfer Girl"

1990 Graveyard Shift     
"Surfin' Safari"

1990   Green Card     
"Surfin' Safari"

1990   My Blue Heaven     
"Surfin'USA"

1990 Problem Child     
"Problem Child"
 
1992 Mighty Ducks     
"Good Vibrations"

1992 Breaking The Rules         
 "Surf City"
 
1993 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (TV)
"Good Vibrations"

1994 Forrest Gump     
"Sloop John B"

1994 Greedy      
"Surfin' Safari"

1994 Les Roseaux Sauvages    
"Barbara Ann"

1994  Love Affair     
"Barbara Ann"

1994  My Girl 2      
"Don't Worry Baby"

1994 Bert                     
"Good Vibrations"
" I Get Around"
" Surfin USA"
" Surfer Girl"
 
1995 Bye, Bye Love     
"Don't Worry Baby"
 
1996 Sleepers         
"Wouldn't It Be Nice"
Warmth of The Sun"
"Good Vibrations"

1996 Vegas Vacation     
"Good Vibrations"

1996 Albert Brook's "Mother"   
"In My Room"

1996 Head Above Water         
"Sail On Sailor"

1996 Flipper                                
"Do It Again"
 
1997 Mr. Bean      
"I Get Around"

1997 Toothless (TV)                
"I Get Around"

1997 Boogie Nights     
"God Only Knows"

1997 That Darn Cat               
“Help Me, Rhonda"
 
1998  Rush Hour                 
"Surfin USA"

1999  Outside Providence         
"Little Saint Nick"

1999  Anywhere But Here     
"Surfin' Safari"

1999  Never Been Kissed         
 "Don't Worry Baby"

1999  Three Kings                   
 "I Get Around"
 
2000  Meet The Parents           
 "California Girls"

2000 Almost Famous                 
"Feel Flows"

2000 Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas       
"This Isn't Love" (although not  Brian's version)

2000 What's Cooking?             
 "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
  (parts of this movie were filmed in Hawthorne, CA)
 
2001  Rush Hour 2                   
 "California Girls"

2001 Bubble Boy (video movie)
"Huh??"

2002  Vanilla Sky                     
 "Good Vibrations"
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« Reply #18 on: December 31, 2005, 02:04:13 AM »

Wow, Andrew, that's a fantastic list!  Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: December 31, 2005, 02:15:53 AM »

It's amazing (and disappointing) to see how many crap movies use BB songs...
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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2005, 02:23:27 AM »

I forgot Vanilla Sky! That's an amazing usage.
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2005, 02:32:08 AM »

Absolutely!
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« Reply #22 on: December 31, 2005, 02:34:02 AM »

I used Cool Cool Water and Day in the Life of a Tree and Can't Wait Too Long and Little Pad in student films I made... Does that count?
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« Reply #23 on: December 31, 2005, 02:36:36 AM »

About "Vanilla Sky": The new version of "Good Vibrations" would fit soo much better. You know, "...working on my brain".  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: December 31, 2005, 02:39:31 AM »

About "Vanilla Sky": The new version of "Good Vibrations" would fit soo much better. You know, "...working on my brain".  Grin
Haha!  Very clever!  Wink
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