Criteria: It can’t just be “well I don’t like the song”
It has to be inappropriate for the movie:
–A happy song isn’t good for a movie about violent killers or war.
–A song inappropriate for the period doesn’t work unless it’s something where all the songs are modern on purpose.
–It’s campy and detracts from the seriousness of the film.
–It’s so horrible you forget the film and are stuck with the horrible theme song.
Example: “One Tin Soldier” from the awful film “Billy Jack” complete with the phony Indian-Green Beret-Kung Fu-Fighter. Hate the song, hate the movie, but, sorry, they went well together.
1. Jeremiah Johnson: A great film destroyed by a horrible faux-folksy crappy, incongruous theme song. Even as a twelve-year-old, I was cringing in my seat listening to this bilge.
2. Kelly’s Heroes: The ridiculous, incongruous theme song “Burning Bridges” wasn’t really appropriate for the era. It was just silly. The iditoic chorale sounded like something from “Hair”. It was a campy movie, but compare the theme from the M*A*S*H* movie.
3. Poseidon Adventure: Bad Movie, Bad theme song. “There’s Got to be a Morning After.” the song would have been OK (for the era) if it had not been associated with the movie. P.S. Ernest Borgnine was absoultely one of the worst actors of all-time, but I still like him for some reason, kind of like Brian Dennehy-terrible actor, still very entertaining. P.S. I think James Caan falls in the category-terrible actor, still likeable.
4. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid: “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” Great Burt Bacharach Song-had no place in 1899.
To be fair to anyone born after 1979, they have no idea what I’m talking about and visa versa.