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EF Playlist: Blair Dunlop shares his ‘Best Songs in Film’ selections

To celebrate the release of his album, Blair shares a special playlist with us.

Blair Dunlop
Credit: Blair Dunlop

English singer-songwriter Blair Dunlop releases his third album Gilded today.

His first since 2014’s House of Jacks, Gilded is a collection of stories and reflections, recorded in live takes at Manchester’s Blue Print Studios. On this record Blair remains true to his folk roots lyrically whilst continuing to push musically into new areas.

To celebrate the release of the album, Blair has put together a playlist of his ‘Best Songs in Film’ especially for EF Playlist.

Keep reading to find out what he’s selected…

 

Man of Constant Sorrow – Dan Tyminski

From O Brother Where Art Thou?

My favourite voice of the Deep South singing out George Clooney’s head, what’s not to love?

 

You Make My Dreams Come True – Hall & Oates

From 500 Days of Summer

The ultimate feel good tune, love the choreography in this scene, too.

 

Johnny B Goode – Michael J Fox, Marvin Berry

From Back to the Future

I’ve seen so many poor mimed instruments in my life, it makes it a real pleasure to watch Marty McFly actually look like he’s playing what’s coming out of the speakers!

 

Somebody’s Baby – Jackson Browne

From Fast Times at Ridgemont High

I think this is perhaps my favourite pop song ever, it captures the innocence of youth so well without being pure cheese. It’s pretty cheese, though.

 

Warren G – Regulate ft. Nate Dogg

From Above the Rim

Such a classic hip hop tune, the intro is just so perfect for end credits!

 

Born of Frustration – James

From Class of ’92

The perfect tune to encapsulate the stagnation and subsequent boom surrounding Manchester’s football and cultural revolution in the 90s!

 

Stealer’s Wheel – Stuck in the Middle With You

From Reservoirs Dogs

Perhaps the most harrowing musical scene I can think of, gives me shivers every time I think about it.

 

Ry Cooder – Seneca Square Dance

From The Long Riders

Growing up on the folk scene, I was exposed to this tune from a young age. I assumed it was traditional but then I discovered it was written by the great Ry Cooder for the soundtrack of The Long Riders.

 

Seal – Kiss From a Rose

From Batman Forever

Such an epic tune, the strings give it a cinematic edge that the most popular successful songs rarely possess.

 

Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now

From Love Actually

Similarly to Kiss From a Rose, I love the strings in Both Sides Now, it’s incredibly emotive. Perfect cinema material.

 

Blair’s new album Gilded is released today. Watch him perform Eternal Optimist live below:

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