Sound Clips

by Nic Olson

Since the invention of punk bands there has been the musical genius of a sound clip before a song. Well spoken words from movies or famous speeches from world geniuses and world morons. There is something that makes a song sound better when it is preceded by a well thought out sound clip. Here are some of my favourites.

I can’t hear the 20th Century Fox trumpets and snare drums without imagining seven deep guitar chugs, some high hat slaps and a Good Clean Fun song afterwards.

I likely wouldn’t know Martin Luther King’s name or what he talked about at such a young age if it weren’t for Good Riddance’s opening sound clip on Operation Phoenix. I still know this speech by heart.

They also had a hockey clip. The first forty seconds:

Several bands have used an extended version of this clip from the film Breakfast Club about becoming like your parents.

Propagandhi opens with a comedy act:

And closes with a hockey act:

I often find clips from movies that I would put in front of songs that I will never write, but have technically have written as poems. If I was in a band, I’d have some perfect sound clips. Good Riddance had dozens of them, Chomsky clips, movie clips, Mario Savio‘s speech,  all clips I still remember from the first time I heard the songs in grade five. These are the sound clips to my life. If I come up with more be sure that I will find them on YouTube and post them here. This is my life explained in three short videos.

Or here, time 1:20-1:30: ‘If you want a vision of the future, Winston, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever.’

And here. Or just the entire movie.

I will someday learn to play guitar and write an album of terribly written angry punk songs, but every one of them will have a sound clip to save a soul. I love them to death.