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Best music movies of all time ... and 'Purple Rain' doesn't make the cut?!?



This-is-spinal-tap NME has just published its list of the 50 most awesome music movies of all time, and of course, the '80s are represented. But represented well? 

24 Hour Party People, a flick about the Manchester music scene that spawned Joy Division and a slew of other great bands, ranked No. 1. It's a good film, but No. 1? That seems like a stretch.

Some other list oddities: No Beatles movie made the list. Neither did The Commitments, easily my favorite music movie next to another film that didn't make the list: Purple Rain. Really?!? Purple Rain doesn't make the list, but Where the Wild Things Are does? Someone needs to go purify themselves in the waters of Lake Minnetonka.

Here are the '80s movies that made the list, along with their ranking and NME's proclaimed "best music moment" in the movie:

9. THIS IS SPINAL TAP (1984): "Too many to choose from, but we’ll go with Lick My Love Pump – in D Minor, the saddest of all keys."

12. STOP MAKING SENSE (1984): " Once In A Lifetime - for most of the song’s duration we see only David Byrne, shot in severe black and white."

20. PRETTY IN PINK (1986): "Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink."

30. THE DECLINE OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION PART II: THE METAL YEARS (1988): "The Megadeth footage rocks fairly hard, but it’s the rambling interviews that you’ll enjoy the most."

44. SUPERSTAR: THE KAREN CARPENTER STORY (1987): "Karen singing along to Dionne Warwick’s I’ll Never Fall In Love Again."

47. FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF (1986): "The mass singalong to The Beatles' Twist And Shout."

49. THE BLUES BROTHERS (1980): "Aretha Franklin’s thunderous, finger-wagging rendition of Think in the soul food diner."

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:57pm]


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