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January 11, 2021 - A Strong Song Selection Highlights Licorice Pizza, Steppenwolf, Temptations and Eddy Arnold Heard on Tube

Paul Thomas Anderson's latest film, the coming-of-age romantic comedy Licorice Pizza, is getting lots of love from movie reviewers (the New York Film Critics Circle awarded Anderson their Best Screenplay award) and major awards groups (four Golden Globe nominations and a whopping eight from the Broadcast Film Critics, both citing lead actors Alana Haim and Cooper Hoffman). Set in 1973, there are many guilty audio pleasures of the '60s and early '70s on the soundtrack...and hits, too. Included are Sonny and Cher's "But You're Mine" from 1965, Clarence Carter's 1968 smash "Slip Away" and other unexpected delights from Nina Simone ("July Tree," from her '65 LP I Put a Spell on You), Mason Williams ("Greensleeves," an instrumental follow-up to his '68 hit "Classical Gas"), Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group ("Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love is Hot)") and Taj Mahal ("Tomorrow May Not Be Your Day").

"Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf, the classic rocker heard often on recent TV commercials, is being cranked up this time to promote NBC's new comedy series American Auto. A couple of commercials have vintage tunes on their soundtracks: "Get Ready" by The Temptations on spots for Ford and Eddy Arnold's chart-topping 1955 country hit "The Cattle Call" for Zillow.

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