I’m watching “Donnie Darko” for the first time, it’s on TV, and I’m not impressed. The film is boring and paints a picture of mental illness that’s totally askance, but that doesn’t matter for this thread, because the only thing I like about the movie is the music. There’s Bunny And The Echomen right at the start, and later there’s a party scene where both the Church and Joy Division are played. But this particular scene starts with a snippet of a song which instantly triggered the “yeah, that’s what 80s Hollywood people thought is rebellious music, so let’s plug it into every scene that involves debauchery.” bone in me. You know, the one always with a high-pitched screaming guitar solo.I hope you get what I mean, it was maybe even more frequent in TV shows. I think in the “Donnie Darko” scene it even was an original song by Judas Priest (which of course is the most cliché metal band you can imagine), but often I suspected that this certain metal score got played by studio musicians or second-tier bands making a buck by scoring a second rate Hollywood movie or TV show.
So, do you have other examples? I remember there were numerous, especially in action flicks.