Martin Scorsese was one of the pioneers who started the now longstanding trend to fill a film with all your classic and favourite songs. His films (apart from his historical pieces) always bring a wide range and varied mix of music. Everything from rock, jazz, pop and classical, proving to be hugely influential with filmmakers that followed, and that Scorsese was there first.
Martin Scorsese's extensive use and choice of popular music and how the songs function as a storytelling device has always fascinated me. from the moody jazz in Taxi Driver, to the frequent and popular use of The Rolling Stones, Martin Scorsese has proved that he is just as renowned for his music as he is his films.
I think anyone who has watched any of his films can pick out a scene and remember the music that played with it.Whether it be Sunshine of Your Love by Cream that oozes over a plotting and sinister stare by Jimmy Conway portrayed by Robert De Niro in Goodfellas, or Be My Baby by The Ronettes, an early 60's pop song laced over the grainy 8mm home-movie-style footage of the characters in happier times prior to things falling apart in the opening titles and credits of Mean Streets (not the song most would choose for a gritty New York crime drama).
Tonight we will be talking about the music and films of Martin Scorsese.
David Sanborn - The Finer Things (The King of Comedy)
The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter (Casino)
The Crystals - Then He Kissed Me (Goodfellas)
Pietro Mascagni - Intermezzo (Raging Bull)
Bernard Harrman - Taxi Driver (Theme) (Taxi Driver)
The Ronettes - Be My Baby (Mean Streets)
Mikey & Sylvia - Love Is Strange (Casino)
The Clash - Janie Jones (Bringing out the Dead)
Aretha Franklin - Baby, I Love You (Goodfellas)
Cape Fear (OST) Drive - Bernard Herrmann and Elmer Bernstein (Cape Fear)
Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightin' (The Wolf of Wall Street)
B.B. King - Aint Nobody's Business (Casino)