I. Deep Blue Something- Breakfast At Tiffany’s
Inspired by: Roman Holiday (yes, really).
Fun fact: Deep Blue Something’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s was not inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s at all but rather another Hepburn film, Roman Holiday. Apparently Todd Pipe thought the former made a better title for a song. We probably agree with you there, Todd.
2. Avenged Sevenfold- Bat Country
Inspired by: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
So Avenged Sevenfold may say that this song was inspired by Hunter S. Thompson novel, the track also contains lyrics that are clearly inspired by the film version. The lyric (I’m too weird to live but much too rare to die’) appears only in the film, derived from words spoken by Johnny Deep’s character Raoul Duke about his lawyer Dr. Gonzo. The video, featuring the band driving through the Nevada desert and fending off a swarm of bats, also appears to be channeling the aesthetic of the 1998 cult film.
3. Blue Oyster Cult- Godzilla
Perhaps unsurprisingly, this song was a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the movie monster of the same name and many godzilla fans have adopted the track as the franchise’s unofficial theme tune. A portion of the song is also in Japanese, mimicking the news broadcasts that became a consistent plot device in the films.
4. Busted- Year 3000
Inspired by: Back to the Future Trilogy
This noughties pop smash takes its basic premise from the Back to the Future franchise, when they stumble upon their nerdy neighbour’s home-made time-machine and travel, well you know the rest. The video also demonstrates the Back to the Future influence, with band member James dressed up in a Christopher Lloyd-type get up.
5. Deplicant- 14/40
Inspired by: Blade Runner
Even Deplicant’s name plays homage to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner films and it is clear that the electro-futurist world inspires and informs his musical process. His latest track, 14-40 attempts mirror the alienation of the dystopian neon jungle of the films. Using minimal equipment, Deplicant instead relies on layers upon layers of atmospheric tone to set his scene.