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A soldier takes a moment. Canadian rock anthem Raise a little hella hit single from their fourth studio album, thick as thieves, on the soundtrack to three new Canadian films this season. The 1978 track can be heard hitting the sentiments in several key scenes.
Her debut was in the true crime comedy Muggerproviding the backdrop for the opening scene of a daylight raid on a bank, the gentle robber as an option (Josh Duhamel) Escape in plain sight, dressed appropriately for a Shriner.
Next, drink wateras the song begins as a beautiful woman appears from the passenger side of a pickup truck, the hair flowing improbably in slow motion as the camera follows her figure from toe to head.
Finally a Quebec movie RosieAbout a group of misfits in Montreal who help a woman raise her niece she barely knows, after her sister dies. This time it plays on the scene of them arriving at a funeral, her two best friends defiantly dressed despite the displeased looks from everyone around them.
Alan Ungar, Director of Toronto MuggerHe says he originally wanted to use the song money (that’s what i want) By Barrett Strong. But that 1959 hit appeared recently in The wonderful Mrs. MaiselAnd the “The price was so high that we couldn’t afford it.”
“It parallels what Josh is trying to do,” he explains. Raise a little hell He did, too, and delivers “the kind of energy you’d expect, and says to the crowd: We’re in for a good time.”
Coincidentally, all three films feature a tie-in to the era in which the song was released. MuggerThe film, based on the true story of bank robber Robert Whitman, takes place in Canada in the mid-1980s, when he committed his daring crimes. Rosie It takes place in Montreal in 1984. W.L drink waterNowadays, it has a kind of ’80s vibe too, probably because it’s a loose remake of a student movie shot in 1981.
It helps that the song remains popular and recognizable, but not overused in movies and television; Prior to this rocker hat trick, I played during the first season of Weird things in 2016, and in the 2011 Nicolas Cage film He drives angrily. “I hear it on the radio while I’m walking around Toronto all the time,” Ungar adds.
It’s also nice to hear Canadian music in a Canadian movie, something all three films offer. Rosie features on several tracks by new wave bands Canuck Spoons and Blue Peter. the thieves CanCon sales include make it work From Doug and the Slugs and Burton Cummings My way to rock. And Drinkwater offers tunes from April Wayne, Men Without Hats, Corey Hart, Loverboy, Kings, and more.
“It’s the power of music,” Ungar simply says of “Trooper.” It sure is, and if you know the song at all, its opening blast of electric guitar and eight beats on cymbals will have you ready to jump into the super-simple lyrics. Just please wait until you’re outside the cinema before breaking into song.
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