Monday, March 14, 2016

Your Monday Moment of Words Fail Me: Special Walk of Life Edition

To quote Matt Novak over at PALEOFUTURE:

Even if you don’t know the Dire Straits song “Walk of Life” by name you’ll recognize it immediately when you hear it. Fun fact: It’s the perfect song to end any movie.

At least that’s the contention of The Walk of Life Project, the brainchild of Peter Salomone, a freelance video editor and writer. And I’m inclined to agree with him. Slap “Walk of Life” to the end of any movie and it immediately becomes 400 percent better. That’s just science.

The Matrix, Chinatown, The Dark Knight Rises --they’re all better if you replace the soundtrack to their final scenes with Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life.”

And guess what -- he's right. Here are two of my favorites.

The Strangelove ending is particularly droll, for obvious reasons, but that Graduate clip is actually almost better than the original sequence with Simon and Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence."

In any case, you can behold (in breathless wonder) more of Salamone's work in this regard (including a deeply disturbing makeover of the finale of John Frankenheimer's Seconds) over at the Walk of Life Project website HERE.

You're welcome.


buzzbabyjesus said...

I dislike Dire Straits far too much to check any of this out. The song is already playing in my head just reading about it.

Anna said...

What buzzbabyjesus said. Never could stand that band.

steve simels said...

"Mein Fuhrer -- I can walk!!!!"

Billy B said...

Watched Dr. Strangelove yesterday. Peter Sellers was a master. As to Dire Straits, I wasn't a big fan of the band back in the day, but really like Knopfler's solo stuff. He is an underrated guitar player.

Anonymous said...

Hello, please remain seated,

Ouch...Not a lot of love here for Dire Straits. However, this lonely DS fan, thinks the post is pretty darn good.


Dave said...

You are not alone, RichD.

Dave F.

Anonymous said...

Rock for insurance salesmen and dentists. The band even looks bored when playing. Saw them in Holland in the late 1970's in Eddie and Alex Van Halen's hometown. A snoozefest. The opening licks of "Walk of Life" have the feel of a shitty Springsteen tune. "Glory Days" or "Walk Of Life". Take yer pick. I loathe them both. And don't get me started on "Money For Nothing."


M_Sharp said...

It's a funny idea, but it just doesn't work most of the time.

danny1959 said...

Love Dire Straits. Hate "Walk of Life."