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Five scenes Wes Anderson made better through his use of music

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In addition to its terrific use of David Bowie, Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou also features The Stooges.

“2000 Man” (The Rolling Stones, Bottle Rocket, 1996) Owen Wilson’s climactic run from the law gets extra demented with this seminal psych-pop cut leading the way.

“A Quick One (While He’s Away)” (The Who, Rushmore, 1998) As the clash between Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) and Herman Blume (Bill Murray) escalates, The Who’s original (mini) rock opera rages in the background. “You Are Forgiven!” But not right away.

“These Days” (Nico, The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001) Nico’s haunting vocal makes it tough not to get misty when Gwyneth Paltrow’s Margot steps off the bus to meet Luke Wilson’s Richie, no matter how many times we see it.

“Search and Destroy” (The Stooges, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, 2004) Bill Murray’s Zissou reclaims his ship from pirates, shoot-’em-up style, as an Iggy classic matches the mayhem.

“Let Her Dance” (The Bobby Fuller Four, Fantastic Mr. Fox, 2009) Heroic animals celebrate their hard-fought victory inside a supermarket—and Mr. Anderson has just the jubilant old ditty for the occasion.

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