Occasionally, a song becomes so intertwined with a movie scene its used in, the two become inseparable. Such is the case for The Stealers Wheels Stuck and their song Middle with You; these days, it’s better known as “that song from Reservoir Dogs”. Other examples include Tequila by The Champs (Pee Wee’s Big Adventure), Eye of the Tiger (Rocky), and Hip to be Square (American Psycho).
With the news of Tom Petty’s passing becoming official tonight, I couldn’t help but recall his contribution to a horror classic; while American Girl is a minor hit in the artist’s extensive catalog, it became an integral component of Silence of the Lambs (directed by Jonathan Demme and released in 1991). Now, when the song comes on the radio, most folks imagine Brooke Smith as Catherine Martin, singing along with gusto, completely unaware she’s about to fall into the clutches of Buffalo Bill (Ted Levin).
Reminisce with me by giving the video below a spin.
Here’s the song in its entirety. R.I.P. Mr. Petty; you’re one in a billion and I’ll never forget you.
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