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Songs we'd add to movies

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.

Originally posted Feb 04, 1994 Published in issue #208 Feb 04, 1994 Order article reprints