17 of the Most Memorable Times Records Appeared on Film and TV

17 of the Most Memorable Times Records Appeared on Film and TV

June 06, 2018 | Music

Vinyl has always been a cinematic prop, with that sleek black (or sometimes colorful) appearance, and the variety of beautiful turntables for playing records. Here our some of our favorite vinyl movie moments.

1. Moonrise Kingdom (2012) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1UFLj_5s0k   

Ah, to be young and in love! Suzy Bishop and Sam run away toting minimal provisions, a kitten and a turntable (that Suzy stole from her brother). Certain they have successfully fled the scouts hunting them down, the two find time to unwind with Françoise Hardy’s “Le Temps De l’Amour.”

2. Shaun of the Dead (2004) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLquz4Iz-30  

According to Shaun of the Dead, your vinyl collection will be deadly useful in the event of a zombie apocalypse. When fighting for your survival, it’s probably best not to spend time choosing between Sade and Prince to sacrifice to the zombies.

3. The Virgin Suicides (1999) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3DjpR-hnGk  

A group of neighborhood boys contact the sequestered Lisbon sisters by sharing songs over the phone, in order to avoid suspicion from the sisters’ parents.

4. The Shawshank Redemption (1994) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzuM2XTnpSA  

Andy Dufresne, sentenced to the Shawshank Penitentiary for life, receives a donation for the prison library: Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro in vinyl. He plays it over the PA for all to hear, only to be rebuked and placed into solitary.

5. Almost Famous (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=29&v=vmVaCbxkd34  

“Look under your bed, it will set you free” Anita Miller tells her younger brother William. To the young William’s astonishment, Anita left him her entire vinyl collection, the spark that ignited his rock journalism aspirations.

6. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946) https://youtu.be/i6W8bGR_O4s?t=1m53s  

Mary Bailey shows us the most efficient and musical way to prepare a rotisserie chicken at home. She really pulled that honeymoon together in the end, despite spending all the money put aside to save the family bank.

7. Lilo and Stitch (2002) https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=7vKH3hPvBrE 

Nothing brings together a girl and her pet alien more than a good vinyl. And discovering your pet can play the vinyl for you using its mouth and its fingernail. Good, Stitch!

8. Pretty in Pink (1986) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eiC7PGToXVU 

Duckie tries to woo Andie at her place of business by lip syncing to “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding. It does not go as well as Duckie would have hoped, but at least he was committed to his lip sync. Don’t distract people while they’re at work, Duckie!

9. Ghost World (2001) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hI5OMFCG1t4 

Enid buys an old blues album from Seymour at a vinyl sale. Expecting the vinyl to just gather dust in her room, she is drawn to Skip James’s rendition of “Devil Got My Woman” before realizing that maybe she would like to be friends with Steve Buscemi.

10. Before Sunrise (1995) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQpYHiB0k6k 

Kath Bloom’s “Come Here” provides the soundtrack for Jesse and Céline’s whirlwind Vienna romance.

11. American Graffiti (1973) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99z-H_NEccU 

Curt seeks the help of disc-jockey Wolfman Jack to help find a mysterious blonde he saw while cruising down the street.

12. High Fidelity (2000) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOwjVVSNOtY 

Where else is the best place to strut your esoteric music knowledge and hot takes than in a vinyl store?

13. Poltergeist (1982) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J9sU2n5fIc  

Looks like these spooky supernatural spirits are really into the Freelings' vinyl collection.

14. A Clockwork Orange (1971) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9FWzFnp8D8  

Vinyls are thriving in the futuristic England of A Clockwork Orange. The colorful record shop features an electronic version of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy” played in the background.

15. Do the Right Thing (1989) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCL3OtOzYuQ  

Senor Love Daddy gets the neighborhood of Bed-Stuy going for the day by spinning some wake up tracks on vinyl.

16. Jackie Brown (1997) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v6C3lZ9Ic0  

Jackie treats Max Cherry to a morning cup of coffee and some tunes by the Delfonics.

17. This is Spinal Tap (1984) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0s2Tk-cbig  

Spinal Tap’s incompetent promoter, Artie Fufkin, is not that successful in getting fans to turn out to their record store signing.


Jason Lee Menard
Jason Lee Menard

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