There seems to be a class of songs inspired by, but not officially connect to, movies. When the sonfs first came out, I thought there was some sort of connection, because the movies were often still playing. But it seems to be an effort to cash in on the popularity of the film. or an expression of the song writer’s high opinion of the film.
The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde – according to Wikipedia, inspired by the movie. Released Feb. 1967, which seems inconsistent with the story of its origin, because the movie Bonnie and Clyde was released in August of 1967.
Heartlight – Neil Diamond song that is painfully obvious in the way it refers to the movie E.T. – The Extraterrestrial. Released in September of 1982, Diamond had to pay Universal Studios $25.000 to use the oblique references to the film.(E.T. was released in June 1982 in the US)
Other cases I thought were related turn out not to be.
The Dope Board covered a similar topic twenty years ago, but that wasn’t songs rekleased while the movie was running
An obvious one is “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Deep Blue Something, about a dying relationship in which the guy, grasping at straws, points to the fact that they both “kinda liked” that film as an example of one thing they have in common.
Huh, I always thought it was some kind of planned crossover promotion between Neil Diamond and the studio, and it was money in Neil’s pocket from the studio, not the other way around.
On the face of it Cable Hogue by John Cale must be related in some way to the movie “The Ballad of Cable Hogue”; but as I have never seen the movie, I’m just guessing.
I say “related in some way” because I presume Cale was just using it as a kicking-off point for the song, something he occasionally does, though the thought process that links the two can be….unobvious. Other examples include:
Hedda Gabler (Ibsen play)
Child’s Christmas in Wales (Dylan Thomas piece)
Burned Out Affair (A Burned Out Case, by Graham Greene – I’m guessing; but around the same time he also wrote the song “Graham Greene”)