He’s been known to ransack ghosts, drive golf carts while intoxicated, and get “Lost In Translation,” but September 21 marks the date that the esteemed actor, idolized entertainer and Comedy Central’s pick for “Greatest Smartass” was brought into this world.
As some of you might already know, my adoration for Bill Murray is something that I revel in proudly, and seeing as we both share the same birthday, I feel compelled to dedicate today’s Friday Five not to me, but to the great man himself.
In honor of this divine creature, I give to you five tracks that I believe capture a unique take on Bill Murray’s greatest musical moments. With that said friends, it’s time to get your Friday faces on, indulge in a shot of birthday whiskey, and as the great man once said, “Let’s show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown!” Cheers.
We all remember the scene: Scarlet and Bill are dancing around some apartment in Tokyo, drunk on fantasy and probably Santori. The context of the song can be argued as an obvious contrast to the rest of the Lost in Translation soundtrack, but this is arguably one of the more cheerful musical breaks that I distinctly remember from the film.
From his most recent film, Moonrise Kingdom, Murray plays a somewhat submissive-yet-overprotective father out on a wild goose chase trying to find his daughter Suzy. To me, this track captures the atmospheric beauty of the film while shining light on Wes Anderson's knack for choosing lovely French artists for his soundtracks.
Taken from one of my all-time favorite Bill Murray films, The Royal Tenenbaums, this Miniature Tigers cover of The Stones classic speaks to Wes Anderson's brilliant use of musical flow. When "She Smiles Sweetly" emerges into "Ruby Tuesday," you feel overcome with sadness and love making this track an appropriate ode to a brilliant film.
Murray and Shwartzman's characters in Rushmore suffer a tumultuous relationship, but end it with some warmth as Schwartzman's character decides to put on a play as the film starts slipping into spring. Cue Lennon's upbeat "Oh Yoko" as they team up and devise a plan to build the aquarium for beautiful school teacher, Miss Cross.
Back in 2007 at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Illinois, Murray introduced the show by singing Van Morrison's classic hit, "Gloria." Greeted with cheering fans and air kisses, Murray strapped on his electric guitar, gave his welcoming speech, and got down to business. In 2011, we were graced with another performance of the track, this time he gets a little funkier with a band to back him up.
Devin is the co-founder/executive editor of TEETH MAG and is currently getting her MA in Magazine Publishing at London College of Communication.
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