By Brad Haynes
Opening today, Baby Driver (from director Edgar Wright) is a thrill ride of a movie equaling, in many ways, one big music video. The car chases are amazing, everything is expertly choreographed to the music, and there’s virtually no way that you will leave the theater after seeing this summer blockbuster and not want to crank these tunes as you tear out of the movie theater parking lot!
While the movie is wall-to-wall sound, these are the tunes from the film that are definitely going to make you want to put the pedal to the metal!
This early Queen classic from the 1974 album Sheer Heart Attack has an amazing guitar solo that is nicely referenced in the film. And it isn’t the first time that director Wright has used a Queen song to great effect. In Shaun of the Dead, “Don’t Stop Me Know” was the perfect zombie head banger!
“Radar Love”- Golden Earring
“I’ve been drivin’ all night, my hand’s wet on the wheel
There’s a voice in my head that drives my heel
It’s my baby callin’, says I need you here
And it’s a half past four and I’m shiftin’ gear”
The lyrics alone make it the perfect driving song. Try to stay under the speed limit while listening to this one!
“Hocus Pocus”- Focus
The classic instrumental is the perfect accompaniment to a trip down life’s highway. Turn it up!
“Harlem Shuffle”- Bob & Earl
While it may be more notable for the later cover by The Rolling Stones, the original Bob and Earl version is just raw and gritty enough to make it a perfect soundtrack addition.
“Unsquare Dance”- Dave Brubeck Quartet
“Take Five” may be the most well-known song by Dave Brubeck, but the crazy syncopation of “Unsquare Dance” is great, making it your new favorite jazz tune for when you’re behind the wheel.
“Neat Neat Neat”- The Damned
The raw energy of British punk band The Damned’s “Neat Neat Neat” is the perfect accompaniment to squealing tires and an all-out chase.
“Nowhere To Run”- Martha and the Vandellas
While the trailer sported an updated version of the tune by Boga, it’s the Martha and the Vandellas original you’ll hear on the soundtrack.
“Bellbottoms”- The John Spencer Blues Explosion
You may have never heard this before, but it’s the song that puts the movie gloriously into motion and the song that director Wright said was his inspiration for the entire film all-together!
“Easy:- The Commodores
Okay…so this one isn’t a road rager. Quite the opposite for sure. But it’s important inclusion in the film can’t go unnoticed, and it’s always good to hear The Commodores once again with Easy!