The Movies’ 50 Greatest Pop Music Moments

Great list by The Dissolve. Very nice Beats sponsorship as well. (But please what is wrong with the layout? It is hard to scroll!). And Alfred Molina is just the best.

9. Boogie Nights: “Sister Christian” by Night Ranger, “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield, and “99 Luftballons” by Nena

Boogie Nights owes a debt to both the films of Quentin Tarantino and the filmmaker’s larger-than-life persona, most notably in the scene where a trio of coked-up, desperate hustlers played by Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, and Thomas Jane travel to the house of wealthy eccentric Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina) to sell him bogus drugs. Jackson has Tarantino’s excitable speech patterns and pop-culture obsessions, though his analysis of Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl” is somewhat lacking in sophistication. (He discerns that it’s a song about jealousy.) The debt to Tarantino’s films is even more obvious: Anderson seems intent on trumping Tarantino’s use of music as an ironic counterpoint to grisly action by having the jittery, doomed drug deal happen while Jackson not only plays “Sister Christian” and “Jessie’s Girl,” but also pontificates on their meaning their greatness, while bragging about his friendship with Springfield. The pop-rock glossiness of “Sister Christian” and “Jessie’s Girl” takes on a sinister connotation in this dangerous context. The unexplained presence of a young man randomly tossing firecrackers around only adds to the clammy discomfort. By the time the scene gets to “99 Luftballons,” the commentary has stopped. Boogie Nights ensured that no one would be able to listen to any of these super-hits of the 1980s the same way ever again. —Nathan Rabin

via The Dissolve.

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