My friends know that one of my "endearing" (aka borderline annoying) traits is my fascination (aka obsession) with songs and soundtrack music that spreads, virus-like throughout TV shows, commercials, promos, films, and movie trailers. I could list dozens of examples, but instead maybe one of these days I’ll whip up a Hall of Fame article.
For now, I want to ennoble this Sunday (and wash the wretched taste out of my mouth from Death Racers) with Sigur Rós’ "Hoppípolla," one of my favorite spirits-lifting songs of recent years. It feels like pure, distilled hope and joy, and lately it’s been heard in the second half of the Slumdog Millionaire trailer:
For more on the group, the song, and other places it’s popped up, follow me over the jump.
Sigur Rós is a magnificent Icelandic band whose name means "Victory Rose" and came from the lead singer’s little sister, who was born the day the band was formed. "Hoppípolla" was released in 2005 on the album Takk… and appeared in the Children of Men trailer two years ago. And honestly, at that time I thought it was going to quickly reach a tipping point and start showing up everywhere (you know, like at the end of Grey’s Anatomy):
But in fact, while it is often used in British and European promos, I didn’t hear "Hoppípolla" anywhere for the next couple years. This year, however, it was used at the end of the film Penelope, which starred Christina Ricci as a girl with a porcine snout. (The scene, with James McAvoy, is available online, but it really is the climactic moment of the film, so I’ll refrain from linking to it.)
With the Slumdog Millionaire trailer, this could be "Hoppípolla" second chance at reaching mainstream awareness in the U.S. (Or rather, increased awareness among music supervisors, so maybe it will end up on Grey’s Anatomy one of these days. At which point it will instantly cease to be cool.)
Not a bad trick for a song that’s in Icelandic. (A previous Sigur Rós album featured songs written entirely in "Hopelandic," a made-up language.) The title means "Jumping into Puddles" and the lyrics are about just that, while the official music video reinforces the theme of eternal childhood play and joy, even in the face of hardship. (The closing lines are:""And I get a nosebleed / But I always get up.")
And then there is this. Enjoy!
Know of other "Hoppípolla" appearances on TV, in films, or in promos? Let’s hear about them!