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Movie Music: Dazed and Confused by elizabethvogt

So completely Dazed and Confused

PREVIEW: DOWNLOAD Foghat’s “Slow Ride”

Receiving its namesake from the famous Led Zeppelin song, it is quite obvious that one of the main draws of Richard Linklater‘s cult film Dazed and Confused is the fantastic music of the 70’s. Whether you are into the whole classic rock scene or not, you simply will not be able to resist the high that radiates from the iconic anthems this movie features.

Even though there is basically no plot line, the songs that correspond with each scene somehow fit them perfectly. There is hardly ever a moment where there is no music playing, which helps add to the carefree attitudes of the characters. Some of the best moments of the film occur in a car, exhibiting some of the most defining songs of the decade such as Aerosmith‘s “Sweet Emotion” and War‘s “Low Rider”. When the characters arrive at the Emporium pool hall, Bob Dylan‘s “Hurricane” provides for a more laid-back tone as the characters proceed to partake in activities of the green variety. Finally, as the night begins to come to a close, the laid-back guitar riffs of Lynard Skynard‘s “Tuesday’s Gone” almost escorts the haggard characters back to their cars for the slow journey home.

Beginning and ending with Foghat’s “Slow Ride”, the track can easily be identified as the film’s “theme song”. As a coming of age movie, Dazed and Confused really needs no linear plot. As a typical teen in the 70’s, good music is really one of the only things these hard-living high schoolers need to be content. Alright, alright, alright.

-Elizabeth Vogt, Assistant Front-of-Book Editor


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a true movie analysis. i literally dont know what to say cause she already took it so… alright alright alright!

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