Music for crusin' in a helicopter gunship?

As many of you know, one of the sacred laws of the movies dictates that whenever a Huey helicopter is shown flying low over the rice paddies of Vietnam, either “Fortunate Son” or “For What It’s Worth” has to be playing on the soundtrack, or even from a radio on the Helo itself. Other non-Vietnam movies, such as Predator, have even followed a version of this rule for themselves, and make sure to play a “peppy” pop/rock song whenever they have a troop laden chopper flying open-doored over a steaming jungle or sweltering wasteland battlefield.

That said, can anyone else here think of any other favorite songs that would be appropriate for such a scene?

My personal suggestions:

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by the Tokens
“Day-o” by Harry Belafonte
And maybe “San Francisco” by The Mamas and the Papas, and/or just about anything by Warren Zevon.
Anyone else?

“Bodies” by Drowning Pool has already been merged with some impressive military footage. Seems like it would work.

Or are we limited to songs of the Vietnam era?

And “peppy”? I think that “hard-edged” works better. Listen to the original music in Blackhawk Down when the helicopter assault takes places - it works very well.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Hmmm, I always thought the standard helicopter music was Paint It Black.

Sweet holy crap! What the freaking hell just happened?

I just got 10 e-mails of “New Replies!!!” to this thread - so the hamsters must have been completely confused.

Color me a traditionalist, but I prefer “Flight of the Valkyries”.

  • d_“Charlie don’t surf”_redguy

Here’s my personal 'Nam mix for riding a Huey into a hot LZ:

Groovin’ - The Rascals
Surfin’ Bird - The Trashmen
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Nowhere to Run - Martha Reeves
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
Fortunate Son - CCR
Suzie Q - Flash Cadillac
American Woman - The Guess Who
War - Edwin Starr

Wow, a decapost.

Vietnam era:
Spirit In The Sky - Norman Greenbaum
Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire
The Shape Of Things To Come - Max Frost and The Storm Troopers
Trouble Everyday - Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention
Lover Of The Bayou - The Byrds
Masters Of War - Bob Dylan
It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleedin’) - Bob Dylan or Byrds version

Any time:
Supernaut - Black Sabbath
Snowblind - Black Sabbath
Red - King Crimson
Coda: Marine 475 - King Crimson
Needles In The Camel’s Eye - Brian Eno
Blank Frank - Brian Eno
Broadway Melody of 1974 - Genesis
Shadow On The Sun - Audioslave
Waiting - Daniel Lanois
Little Canary - Pulnoc
I Hear Voices - Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Villains - Verve Pipe
Karma Police - Radiohead
O’Sullivan’s March - The Chieftains
Stamping Ground - Moondog with Orchestra
Dirty - Johnny Winter

If I was the one flyin’ in to kill everything in sight, it’d have to be to the following soundtrack:

“Run to the Hills” Iron Maiden
“Seek and Destroy” Metallica
“Angel of Death” Slayer

“Feel Good Hit of the Summer” - Queens of the Stone Age.
“Bombs Over Baghdad” - Outkast (Zack de la Rocha remix).
“The Fight Song” - Marilyn Manson.
“Tribe” - Mad Capsule Markets.
“Release the Dogs” - boysetsfire.
“I Will Be Heard” - Hatebreed.
“Aenema” - Tool.

Your hands, rendered shaky by years of indulgence in Trade Gin, rattled the “Enter” button like a telegraph key, that’s what.

Good job, man. New SDMB record. :smiley: