Avenged Sevenfold — “Bat Country”
Inspired by: Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
This classic A7X song draws inspiration from Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas… which technically is a book, but we’ll let this one slide. The video even replicates the film adaptation. The lyrics are nearly direct quotes, and the title even comes from Raoul Duke’s infamous quote, “We can’t stop here, this is bat country.”
Fall Out Boy — “From Now On We Are Enemies”
Inspired by: Amadeus
“From Now On We Are Enemies” mirrors themes from the ’80s film Amadeus, a period piece about Mozart. The title comes from the quote, “From now, we are enemies… You and I. Because You choose for Your instrument a boastful, lustful, smutty, infantile boy and give me for reward only to recognize the incarnation.” The song connects the band’s experience to Mozart’s, being young and talented, but wanted to be remembered for more.
Death Cab For Cutie — “Death Of An Interior Decorator”
Inspired by: Interiors
Death Cab was inspired by the 1978 Woody Allen film Interiors. The film is about an interior decorator, her attorney husband and their three daughters. The parents separate and the film follows the aftermath of the divorce. “Death Of An Interior Decorator” beautifully paints the picture of the film.
Vampire Weekend — “Walcott”
Inspired by: Vampire Weekend
This one is a layered connection to a film. The title “Walcott” comes from a film that Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig made during college titled Vampire Weekend. This film’s main character was Walcott and the concept for the film came from the 1987 vampire film The Lost Boys.
Gorillaz — “Clint Eastwood”
Inspired by: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
As the title would suggest, actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood was in fact the inspiration for this song. The overall theme draws from the 1966 film The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, and is combined with a jazz feel.
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