Five Songs That Should Be Movies

by Jon Frazier

I’d like to build on last week’s post, when I shared The Droid You’re Looking For’s list of nine Kinks songs that should be movies. Because making lists of things that should be movies is like my second favorite thing to do.

The game goes something like this: Pick songs with lyrics that create a story, not lyrics that could fit a story. Songs that lay out the better part of a plot, not just songs that would sound good over credits.

Then, pitch your song/movie in classic Hollywood style:

Example: Fargo meets Jaws.

Got it? Good.

Let me know what you think, and post your picks in the comments section.

5. “Hotel California” / Eagles

“On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
 / Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air…”

8 ½ meets Hostel

4. “Lola” / The Kinks

“I met her in a club down in old Soho / 
Where you drink champagne and it tastes just like cherry-cola…”

Before Sunrise meets The Adventures of Pricilla, Queen of the Desert

3. “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” / The Beatles

“Joan was quizzical; Studied pataphysical
 / Science in the home…”

Dexter meets Mr. Bean

2. “Dani California” / Red Hot Chili Peppers

“Getting born in the state of Mississippi / 
Papa was a copper and mama was a hippie…”

Juno meets No Country for Old Men

1. “Starman” / David Bowie

“Didn’t know what time it was, the lights were low / 
I leaned back on my radio…”

The Day the Earth Stood Still meets Monty Python

Jon Frazier is a writer and filmmaker and hopes to be paid for lists like this, someday.