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The Top Six Bank-Robbery Scene Soundtracks

Ed. Note: Updated to include scenes from Set It Off and Big Bad Mama.

The Top Six Bank-Robbery Scene Soundtracks

It's been quite a summer for bank robberies in the Bayou City. It seems like more banks are being plundered than ever before by a rogue's gallery that includes the XXXL Bandit, the "Master of Disguise" and the Bicycle Brigands. Whether coincidence or felonious response to a dismal economy, the situation reminds Rocks Off of those heady lawless days of the Old West.

Okay, not really. The recent explosion of bank jobs haven't exactly been high-intensity affairs: A note is passed, money is handed over, and the perpetrator(s) shamble off to disappear into the Houston summer.

Pretty boring. Even worse, there's no music. Maybe we've seen too many heist flicks, but in our opinion just about any crime can be spiced up by a little dramatic musical accompaniment. Especially bank robberies. Don't believe us? Check out this selection of a few of our favorite scenes.

Burt Bacharach, "South American Getaway" (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

The lively accompaniment to the activities of Los Bandidos Yanquis as they pillage most of the wealth of Bolivia would be the last light-hearted portion of the movie. Darker times, in the form of a botched payroll delivery and an...unpleasant encounter with the Bolivian Army were just around the corner.

Tomandandy, "Entering the Bank" (Killing Zoe)
The Top Six Bank-Robbery Scene Soundtracks

The execution of the obnoxious American hostage in Roger Avary's debut film serves as a positive counterbalance to the unfortunately similar fate that befalls Ron Jeremy earlier in the scene.

Curtis Mayfield, "If There's A Hell Below"/ Al Green, "Tired Of Being Alone"/ Isaac Hayes, "Walk On By" (Dead Presidents)

This isn't an actual robbery soundtrack so much as it is a medley of unfortunate circumstances, providing a backdrop to the unhappy fates that befall would-be armored-car thieves Cleon, Skip, Kirby and Anthony. And while the Vietnam War and the difficulties facing returning veterans are all well-worn themes, better to listen to Curtis Mayfield and Al Green than "Paint It Black" for the 100th goddamn time.

 

Mike Curb Congregation, "Burning Bridges" (Kelly's Heroes)

World War II purists will probably find elements of Kelly's Heroes a little jarring. There's this song, for starters, which sounds more like something you'd hear on one of those Sid and Marty Krofft shows. And we won't even get started on Donald Sutherland's character, "Oddball." Rocks Off knows hippies didn't exist during the war, because if they had our grandfather would've gone to Leavenworth for murder.

Da 5 Footaz, "The Heist" (Set It Off)

We had to cheat on this one, since -- as with a surprising number of bank heist movies, actually -- there often isn't any music playing during the actual robbery scenes. We're just sorry this movie came out before star Jada Pinkett (she wouldn't add the "Smith" until the following year) had joined Wicked Wisdom. We feel quite sure they would have rocked.

Fine, we don't actually have a song in question for this clip. We just loves us some Angie Dickinson.


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