What a movie. For a music loving nostalgia tragic like myself, there’s nothing better than this kind of story. Young man discovers self through a journey filled with outrageous experiences that, because they’re attached to the life of a band, are actually believable.
Yet, this film could have fallen flat on it’s face. Because it’s always a risk writing a movie about music. What you expose yourself to is the pressure of needing to nail the soundtrack. Especially if, as is the case in this film, you choose the path of using needle drops. Thankfully, Cameron Crowe was up to the task.
In fact, he did such a good job of integrating the soundtrack into the script that I could have chosen a myriad of different needle drops from this one film. In fact, if I ever turn this blog into college course, this film could be used as a study of exactly how the concept of a needle drop should be done.
Which brings us to the track I chose. Ultimately, I chose the scene backed by Tiny Dancer because of the story behind it. The song was a relatively obscure album track in 1971 when Madman Across the Water was released. It had its fans of course but never peaked higher than #40 on the US charts.
In 2000 when the song was featured in this film, it enjoyed a resurgence. Elton himself is said to have credited Crowe with resurrecting the song, which he said was always fairly unpopular with fans in England.