Track of the Day: 'I Wanna Be Your Dog' by Iggy and the Stooges

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Yesterday I tested the waters for a new Track of the Day series on the most artful use of songs in cinema. This reader contribution from Michael gets us off to a great start:

I’ve really enjoyed your series on transformative covers (the only kind of covers that matter, to my mind). Adding the best use of songs in movie scenes makes a good thing better.

The scene that immediately springs to mind is the one in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels when Eddy loses all of his and his mate’s money to gangsters in a rigged card game. As the enormity of this loss sinks into a numbed Eddy, the droning guitar strains that kick off Iggy and the Stooges’ “I Wanna be Your Dog” match up perfectly with the disoriented camera perspective that stumbles out the door with him.

What Eddy feels might not be exactly what Iggy feels, but they share a bleak desperation that makes you really feel the gut-punch of his situation.

Have fun with this new sub-series, cheers!

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