Twenty Twenty: A Pop Culture Podcast

Soundtracks: Coyote Ugly and the lost art of the movie single

November 17, 2020

Pure Shores by All Saints. Independent Women by Destiny’s Child. Can’t Fight the Moonlight by LeAnn Rimes. These chart-topping tracks are some of the year 2000’s most memorable pop hits — but none of them would exist if it weren’t for movies. Designed as marketing tie-ins for the original soundtracks to The Beach, Charlie’s Angels and Coyote Ugly, the legacies of these songs have outlasted the movies they were attached to. In this episode, we explore the increasingly entwined relationship between Hollywood, pop music and the hype machine and how it’s changed over the last 20 years.

We talk to legendary music supervisor and record executive Kathy Nelson (Miami Vice, Pulp Fiction, Dangerous Minds, High Fidelity, and SO MANY MORE) who tells us the story behind Can’t Fight the Moonlight. 

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References and Clips

Kathy Nelson, IMDB

The Muse of the Coyote Ugly Saloon, Elizabeth Gilbert 

Coolio, Gangsta’s Paradise

Coyote Ugly (2000)

Can’t Fight The Moonlight, LeAnn Rimes