Aug 072013

See if you can invest 10 minutes into the following clip. At 7 minutes and 42 seconds into the motorpsycho mayhem, some guy is seen sitting cross-legged in a field, playing a song on his acoustic guitar. It got me thinking: Does anyone ever look cool playing an acoustic guitar in a movie?

I’ve got nothing against acoustic guitars, mind you. Well, with one huge exception. However, as I watched this clip my mind leaped to the guy whose acoustic guitar John Belushi’s Bluto smashes without warning in Animal House. The cult leader in one of my favorite movies of recent years, Martha Marcy May Marlene, plays a creepy folk ballad on his acoustic at one point. It’s a brilliant, creepy scene in a movie loaded with them, but does he look cool playing that song on his acoustic? I think not.

Someone must look cool playing an acoustic guitar in a movie—a fictional movie, not a concert film or actual artist documentary. You tell me.

Meanwhile, you know you want more of the guy playing the acoustic guitar in the middle of that motorpsycho mayhem…


  8 Responses to “Acoustic Guitar Cool?”

  1. cherguevara

    This thread’s off to a slow start, so I’ll just say if you need a point of reference for a person looking cool playing acoustic, just watch until about 1:08 of this music video:

    Also note that cool people in bars always drink their cocktails through a straw.


    To make an actual middling effort here, surely, somebody must’ve looked cool playing acoustic in Altman’s “Nashville,” no? Or maybe in that film, Crazy Heart?

  2. How about Andy Griffith in A Face in the Crowd? Although in this clip, the acoustic guitar is just out of frame almost the entire time.

  3. Duh, Nashville and some other good country music-set films (eg, Tender Mercies) must have some cool-looking acoustic guitar players! Good call. Thanks.

  4. BigSteve

    That video … just wow. Skeleton suit dude belongs in The Look Hall of Fame.

  5. BigSteve

    Bob Dylan pilled out of his mind playing Visions of Johanna in 1966:

    I think that’s from Eat the Document.

  6. BigSteve

    And I know this doesn’t fit inside your restrictions, but it’s still awesome.

  7. cherguevara

    If only you could see him clearly in the marshmallow roasting scene, it would’ve gone down as the greatest cognitive dissonance moment in music video history.

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