I’m rather partial to movie songs, in a semi-ironic way. Men In Black by Will Smith? Hook me up! My iPod catalogue currently reads as a series of mistakes from the Nineties, many of which are associated with movies of some kind, due to my inability to forge my own musical tastes. That doesn’t matter, though, since Hollywood is always there to do it for me.
The funniest (and sometimes depressing) by-product of songs associated with movies and TV shows tends to be their album covers. Here are three that make me smile, one that makes me depressed and one that does neither (the William Shatner one, to make up the numbers):
R Kelly – Gotham City
This is my personal favourite – not really sure what’s going on here, but I think it implies that R Kelly is, in fact, Batman, a twist that Christopher Nolan should probably consider when working on Batman 3.
Will Smith – Wild Wild West
That’s right, remind us of the spider robot that made this disaster such a thrilling experience. The song is terrible, but, ironically, far better than the movie. The same can quite confidently be said for the album art, which brings back terrible memories of a production that most sci-fi fans (or, at least the sensible ones) would rather forget.
William Shatner – The Transformed Man
Ah, the audacity! Not much can really be said about this cover, other than the fact that it seems to identify William Shatner as some kind of psuedo-religious idol. Which he is, of course. Somewhere. Let’s not even joke about it. If anyone still owns The Transformed Man, please write in and tell us why.
Jamiroquai – Godzilla
This song was absolute drivel, but it was the video that I found offensively rubbish – JK jumps around in a cinema that’s falling apart. Crazy time, the Nineties. Remember when music videos weren’t about who had the best hair? A simpler time. Of course, Godzilla is rubbish, as well, so the blame doesn’t only rest with JK.
Linkin Park – New Divide
Nobody has successfully listened to Linkin Park since 2001, so it’s interesting that this album art appears to have their logo printed on a big robot’s face to tie-in with a film released in 2009. Mankind really is doomed.