Friday, June 23, 2006

On Shakespeare for Dummies: This Is Your Soundtrack

Okay, so British schoolkids are getting a new and different take on Shakespeare with the dumbed down versions they're reading in class. A whole generation of Brits get to grow up thinking that "You'd best be off now" and "Eat dagger, old man!" sound, like, totally Shakespearean. I mean, like, who the hell bites their thumb at people anyway?

So this Friday Not-Even-Random Ten goes out to Coordination Group Publications and all of the students who think that "Ooh, look! A dagger!" sounds Shakespearean. Behold the vast range of movies loosely based on Shakespeare, from "interpretation" all the way to "bastardization." And when I say "bastardization," I mean, "Give us a snog, then."

The Ten:

1. Garbage, "#1 Crush" (from Romeo + Juliet)
2. Borealis, "Mightier Than the Sword" (from O)
3. Sister Hazel, "Your Winter" (from 10 Things I Hate About You)
4. The Crystal Method, "Keep Hope Alive" (from Romeo Must Die)
5. Morcheeba, "Big Calm" (from Hamlet)
6. Ludwig von Beethoven, "Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor" (from Scotland, PA)
7. The Faders, "No Sleep 2Nite" (from She's the Man)
8. The Pogues, "The Old Main Drag" (from My Own Private Idaho)
9. Giacomo Puccini, "Che Galida Manina" from La Boheme (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
10. Depeche Mode, "It's No Good" (from Midsummer)

Yours go below.

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