The landscape of music has become radically different since the days when kids’ major hangout was a cramped shop filled with vinyl. Still, downloading MP3s from the internet just doesn’t give you the same feel for the roots of Rock and Roll like walking into a record store does; something we’re constantly reminded of through the power of the movies. In honor of Record Store Day, we’ve compiled some of our favorite movie scenes with the backdrop that still defines many of our teenage years. Here’s our list of the Top 5 Record Store Movie Moments.
1. Half Baked
In this hilarious Dave Chappelle cult-classic, Brian (Jim Breuer) works at a new and used record store, where he “gets to talk about music all day;” the absolute perfect job for…his interests.
2. Pretty in Pink
We couldn’t make this list without including Duckie (John Cryer) expressing his feelings for his best friend Andie (Molly Ringwald) by giving a now infamous performance of Otis Redding’s “Try a Little Tenderness” in her place of employment. His gesture doesn’t exactly impress Andie, but it certainly stuck with us!
3. High Fidelity
Rob Gordon (John Cusack) owns a record store and knows his music…but doesn’t always seem to like it. In this clip, the store’s employees (including a young Jack Black) show off their music snobbery by refusing to sell a record to a customer because he’s not cool enough to own it...and then proceed to turn right back around and sell it to one of their friends.
4. This is Spinal Tap
As the guys of the greatest parody band of all-time, Spinal Tap, flub their way through the film, a memorable scene happens when their promotions guy, Artie (Paul Shaffer), sets up an album signing at a record store in honor of their big comeback…except nobody shows up.
5. (500) Days of Summer
Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt star as Summer and Tom in this nonlinear comedy-drama which examines the romantic relationship between their characters. Naturally, one of the sticking points is a little argument in a record store over Ringo Starr, who happens to be Summer’s favorite Beatle.
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