Songs we'd add to movies

By Ty Burr
Updated February 04, 1994 at 05:00 AM EST

For I’ll Do Anything, director James L. Brooks wanted to create something that hadn’t been made in a while: a Hollywood musical. But test audiences, unable to grok the concept of Nick Nolte singing and dancing, reportedly gave a thumbs-down to the musical numbers. Too bad: The way we see it, more movies could use songs — even if they’re not written specifically for the film. Admit it, you’d pay to see the following.

*The Crying Game Dil (Jaye Davidson) interprets Chuck Berry’s ”My Ding-a-Ling” as a pensive ballad while Fergus (Stephen Rea) yelps the Who’s ”Won’t Get Fooled Again.”

*Jurassic Park Stuck in a blinding rainstorm, Drs. Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) and Grant (Sam Neill) await the arrival of T. rex with a peppy rendition of Tag Team’s ”Whoomp! (There It Is).”

*Carlito’s Way Penelope Ann Miller, as Gail, cautions Al Pacino’s Carlito in a newly adapted version of Ben E. King’s ”Spanish Harlem”: ”You’ll come to blows in Spanish Harlem/Over drugs and ho’s in Spanish Harlem.”

*What’s Eating Gilbert Grape Gilbert (Johnny Depp) defends Mama (Darlene Cates) by warbling the Hollies’ ”She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother.”

*Grumpy Old Men Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon discuss their dentures in a charming duet of Simon & Garfunkel’s ”Bridge Over Troubled Wattles.”

*The Piano Baines (Harvey Keitel) lustily sings out his love for Ada (Holly Hunter) with Simon & Garfunkel’s ”The Sounds of Silence.” In the film’s sanguine climax Ada regains her voice to declaim Elton John’s ”Love Lies Bleeding (In My Hand).”

*Weekend at Bernies II In discussing their deceased boss, Andrew McCarthy belts Foreigner’s ”Cold as Ice” while Jonathan Silverman intones Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ”That Smell.” Soundtrack available on Stiff Records.