Thursday, 13 September 2012

My Top Ten Songs Named After Hitchcock Movies



After last week's Top Ten Psycho Songs, I was inspired to compile a list of songs that share a name with other famous Hitchcock movies...

10. Duran Duran - Notorious

Hands up if you, like me, used to sing "Mo-mo-monotonous!" whenever this came on the radio. Looking back through nostalgic goggles, it's not that bad.

Is it?

9. Ash - Spellbound

Tim Wheeler's got us in his spell...

8. The Libertines - Vertigo

There may be a U2 song with the same title. You won't find it here.

7. Foo Fighters - Rope

Wonder if the Foos recorded this in one take, as Hitch tried to do with Rope?

6. Television - Torn Curtain

Very unsettling, like all the best Hitchcock movies.

5. Screamin' Jay Hawkins - Frenzy

Great lip-gargling on this track from 1957.

4. Beth Orton - Shadow Of A Doubt
It's true that I have got a head full
Of voices saying the first thing that's in their heart
And I go to throw a ball with my best intention
And it gets caught up and carried away
In completely the opposite direction
3. Elvis Presley - Suspicion

From the legendary songwriting partnership of Pomus & Shuman. Gee. Knee. Us.

2. Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman - Psycho

Of course, the Elvis Costello version is better, but I made that a Number One already. So here's the wonderful Amanda Palmer with her slightly less wonderful hubby on vocals. It shouldn't work... and yet, it kinda does.

Download this, free & legal, along with Amanda's version of Lana Del Rey's Video Games, and more... by clicking here.

1. Elbow - The Birds

Like much of Guy Garvey's songwriting, there's a drama here that's really quite sinister...
The birds are the keepers of our secret
As they saw us where we lay
In the deepest grass of springtime
In a reckless guilty haze



OK, those were my favourite songs that share a title with Hitchcock films. Do you have a Rear Window, North By North West or To Catch A Thief in your record collection?

10 comments:

  1. No, but I did actually like that Duran Duran song at the time (and I wasn't a fan at all)

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    1. (Methinks you protest too much.)

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  2. I prefer Siouxsie's Spellbound myself...

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    1. Actually... so do I. How the hell has that gone missing from my music player?

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  3. Why, I was only listening to Ja Rule's 'Dial M For Murder' with my old nan at the Nursing Home last week as we shared a packet of Werthers. Check out the lyrics; she loves a sing song.

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    1. Dog, why you wanna stop the Rule from risin?

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  4. As ever I'm on the wrong track...hoping for something from The Byrds

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    1. Not unless 8 Miles High gives you Vertigo.

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  5. Ha, that's a really clever top ten theme. I really love the mix you've come up with (especially the top four). :)

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