He was one of the only film makers to have carte blanche from the studio despite the fact that he was controversial, an extreme perfectionist, a slow, meticulous worker and as stubborn as a mule. He was also a grandmaster and one of greatest directors of science fiction ever. Let’s hope this exhibit makes its way to Chicago. Here are some key musical moments from his movies:
- “Lighthouse Keeper” in Clockwork Orange. Sounds like an old-timey song but it came from a 1969 psychedelic group called Sunforest. Sung by Erika Eigen.
- “We’ll Meet Again” from Dr. Strangelove. An ironic World War 2 favorite (a lot of boyfriends and husbands didn’t come back for another meeting) sung by Vera Lynn, the oldest living artist to top the British album charts. Played during Doomsday in the movie.
- “Daisy Bell” from 2001. Sung by a slowly lobotomized HAL 9000.
- “Surfin’ Bird” from Full Metal Jacket. The Trashmen classic plays while the infantrymen pose for the cameras after the battle of Hue.