I see several First Class mixes out there, but when I look at the tracks and reflect on the movie, something just seems…off. I dig Snow Patrol and Kanye West too, but modern music can sometimes feel discordant or difficult to reconcile with the energy the film creates. That’s why I wanted to make this mix.
Click on the song to see a corresponding Youtube video.
- My Generation - The Who
- Somebody Groovy - The Mamas and The Papas
- How Does That Grab You Darlin’? - Nancy Sinatra
- Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
- If I Had A Hammer - Peter, Paul, and Mary
- I’ve Got a Crush on You - Ella Fitzgerald
- Give Him A Great Big Kiss - The Shangri-Las
- Live It Up - Dusty Springfield
- Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - Nina Simone
- The End of the World - Skeeter Davis
- These Arms of Mine - Otis Redding
- Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
- The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
- In The Wee Small Hours of The Morning - Julie London
- You Were On My Mind - We Five
- Wouldn’t It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
- When The Love Light Starts Shining Through His Eyes - The Supremes
I tried to pick songs that would have been accessible to Erik and Charles only during the period in which the film is set. I gave myself the cutoff date of 1966, four years after the Cuban Missile Crisis ended. Strictly speaking, my cutoff date should be closer to 1962, but I wanted to extend the timeline of the mix to give Erik and Charles a chance to reconcile post-paralysis. Also, based on my research, all the best music from the 60’s happened in 1966. If you are ever given the opportunity to go back in time…pick THAT date. Trust me.
Somebody Groovy - Just a shout out to Charles’ use of the word in the film.
How Does That Grab You Darling? - Emma would have to eventually leave Magneto’s Brotherhood (if we’re following movie cannon). I think she would listen to a lot of Nancy Sinatra in her spare time…
Land of 1000 Dances - So much fun to imagine the X-Kids dancing to this one around Xavier Manor in-between grueling training sessions.
If I Had A Hammer - Charles’ beliefs, in a nutshell, regarding mutant/human cooperation. Glimmers of Eric too. This might be a good anthem for the two while they are still on the same page. A 1962 release date makes it a perfect fit.
Give Him A Great Big Kiss - I drone on about the relevance of this song in this post. The lyrics are just too appropriate in some instances.
Live It Up - I like to think that Erik and Charles are big Dusty Springfield fans. She could be their patron diva.
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood - Erik’s song to Charles. Darkest moment of the mix. Then, there’s a melancholy stretch before it gets happy again.
Wouldn’t It Be Nice - *sigh* See Below.
And wouldn’t it be nice to live together, in the kind of world where we belong? We could be married, and then we would be happy.
You know it seems the more we talk about it, it only makes it worse to live without it. But let’s talk about it…
You hear someone talking about Jamie Oliver’s show, Food Revolution, and the person casually mentions the “war on fast food"…
Of course, immediately, you think about Emma Frost.
War on fast food?
"Excellent question. Though I wouldn’t call it a war, exactly. That suggests both sides stand an equal chance of winning."
And ain’t that the truth? It’s just not a fair fight…
Just one piece…was never an option.