BY SAMANTHA MULLETT
Whether the rain puts a damper on your productivity or the couch calls after a big night out, everyone deserves a lazy day. Take some rejuvenation time and check out these music-pumped flicks. Some sport killer soundtracks, others let Iggy Pop steal a scene. We’ve hand-picked these gems just for you on this dreary gray day.
Easy Rider (1969)
It was a low-budget film busting the box office during the summer of 69’. Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper took on mustaches and motorcycles, driving through the tensions and landscapes of 1960’s America. If you’ve seen it once, that may not be enough. The soundscore has the lineup of a yeaster-year dream festival: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Steppenwolf, The Byrds covering Bob Dylan, and many more. Music licensing actually cost the filmmakers three times the amount of the film – and it was worth it.
Producer of the the Rocky Horror Picture Show brings to you another cult classic that’s a bit under the radar, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Stains. Starring Diane Lane as the wing-tipped feminist rocker basking in the grunge scene, the Stains, turns your middle school dreams into reality. Who didn’t want to wear fishnets on stage and pronounce definitely, “We’re the Stains, we don’t put out.”
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
Independent director, Jim Jarmusch sews several short stories all sharing scenes with coffee and cigarettes. Iggy Pop and Tom Waits celebrate quitting smoking by breaking their initiative all together and well, smoking. RZA and GZA of Wu-Tang Clan sip herbal tea and advise Bill Murray on how to relieve smoker’s hack. Cate Blanchett talks to herself about how her boyfriend is in a band. Epic conversation and performance are packed into these 11 black-and-white clips, leaving you in head spins by the end.
Muscle Shoals (2013)
The mysticism around Muscle Shoals, Alabama leaves many puzzled with how icons Mick Jagger, Bono, Etta James, and more came through this sleepy Tennessee town. The answer may lie with Rick Hall, the founder of FAME studios and the star of this recently released documentary. Learn a little from artist interviews and live a little with idyllic historical footage.
24 Hour Party People (2002)
Stretching from 80’s punk rock to early 90’s grunge, 24 Hour Party People, takes a look at Factory Records. Director Michael Winterbottom undercuts the comedy-drama with real concert footage, including small gigs of the Sex Pistols, Joy Division and New Order. Swimming through the Manchester scene and covering events, rumours and urban legends of the era, the film is riveting enough to spring you out of your chair and take back the weekend.