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My top 5 It’s Raining Men usages in film and television

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Humidity’s rising, barometer’s gettin’ low
According to all sources the street’s the place to go
Tonight for the first time just about half past ten
For the first time in history it’s gonna start raining men

Can you hear it? Of course you can. It’s one of the stickiest songs I know of. And I curse the moment when the idea to write this post popped into my head. Once again it runs on repeat in my head and I can’t find the button to make it stop.

I’m obviously not the only one who finds it catchy. When look closer at it, it has had a lot of appearances in movies and television over the years. And no wonder: the song text as well as the bouncing, energetic beat works well with scenes that give conclusion and release of hidden emotions. What you can’t formulate in sentences, you can express in a dance.

First I’ll give an honorable mentioning to some of the other appearances that are listed on Wikipedia. I’ve got the feeling this list isn’t complete, so feel free to share in a comment if you have additions to make.

Movies:
Easy Money (1983)
Eraser (1996)
Scary Movie (2000)
Khabi Khusni Kabhie Gham (2001)
Stuck on You (2003)
Vampires Suck (2010)

TV:
The British sitcom Miranda: in the episode “The New Me” in series 2, the title character Miranda dances to the Weather Girl’s version of the song in the streets, later the song was heard in the episode’s credits.

The Simpsons: It’s Raining Men is Homer Simpson’s favorite song. In the episode “Fear of Flying, Moe pulls the record out of the jukebox and tosses it onto the street when he banishes Homer from his bar. It appears again in the episode “What to Expect When Bart’s Expecting” when Fat Tony’s gay horse plays it on a stereo.

And now over to the top list. This is my personal ranking of the It’s Raining Men appearances I’ve seen. It’s based on how well it fits into the context, what emotional impact it has and entertainment value.

5. Friends – from the episode “The one with Chandler’s dad” (2001)

Chandler and Monica go to see Chandler’s drag queen father playing at a club in Las Vegas. The scene is quite emotional and It’s raining men comes in towards the end as a comic relief around the 4 minute mark in this clip. It’s a shame it’s so short, I would have loved to see the whole song, with Chandler.

 

 

 It’s raining men, Hallelujah, it’s raining men Amen
I’m gonna go out, I’m gonna let myself get absolutely soaking wet
It’s raining men, Hallelujah it’s raining men, every specimen
Tall blond dark and lean rough and tough and strong and mean

4. Magic Mike (2012)

It’s not one of the best dance numbers in Magic Mike and the version of the song is somewhat slow and unenergetic. But Channing Tatum’s hip movements – what can you say? Amazing!

 

God bless mother nature
She’s a single woman too
She took for the Heaven
And she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky
And each and every woman could find her perfect guy

3. After the Wedding (2006)

This scene contains a lot more than just some random dancing at a party, which you know if you’ve seen the film. It conveys love and sorrow, the past and the present and the future, all brought together in one last bittersweet dance.

 

 

It’s raining men, Hallelujah, it’s raining men, Amen
It’s raining men, Hallelujah, it’s raining men, Amen
It’s raining, it’s raining, oh it’s stormy

I feel stormy weather moving in
About to begin about to begin
With the thunder don’t you loose your head
Rip off the roof and stay in bed

 

2. Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)

I don’t remember a lot of this movie, apart from the fight scene between Hugh Grant and Colin Firth. Extra points for moving the fight into the street: “Street’s the place to go.” (Song starts around 1.50 in this clip)

 

God bless mother nature
She’s a single woman too
She took for the Heaven
And she did what she had to do
She taught every angel to rearrange the sky
So that each and every woman could find her perfect guy
Oh it’s raining men, yeah

1. Queer as Folk, UK version season 1, ep 8 (1999)

Sadly they only made ten episodes of this brilliant British TV series about a few gay men in Manchester. It’s Raining Men appeared in the final scene of the finale of the first season. And just how great doesn’t it fit in? Stuart and Vince have been struggling quite a bit with their on-off relationship throughout the series. Then finally they reunite, dancing ecstatically to It’s Raining Men, after sorting things out in a beautiful conversation across the dance floor where words are replaced by looks, smiles and nods.

It only lasts a brief minute (you can fast forward to 9:17 at the clip I’ve included), but watching it again puts just a big smile on my face as it did when I watched the series on Swedish television so many years ago. This is the unquestionable winner.

 

Humidity’s rising, barometer’s gettin’ low
According to all sources the street’s the place to go
Tonight for the first time just about half past ten
For the first time in history it’s gonna start raining men

It’s raining men, Hallelujah, it’s raining men, Amen
It’s raining men, Hallelujah, it’s raining men, Amen
It’s raining men, Hallelujah, it’s raining men, Amen

The original
We’ve come to the end of this It’s Raining Men odyssey in movies and television. In case you didn’t know it, It’s Raining Men was originally performed by The Weather Girls I’ll finish this post with a link to their lovely music video. Enjoy it one last time. And then try to get this song out of your head again. From my own experience it might take you a while.

 

 

filmspanarnaThis post is a part of a blogathon from the Swedish network Filmspanarna. The theme was “Rain”. Here are links to the other posts :

In English

Fredrik on Film

In Swedish

Fiffis Filmtajm
Fripps filmrevyer
Har du inte sett den
Jojjenito
Mackans film
Rörliga bilder och tryckta ord

Written by Jessica

October 1, 2014 at 6:00 am

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  1. Great list. But considering I have only seen your #2 and don’t remember the Friends episode, I would have chanced that the song is much more common in movies than it seems to be.

    Sofia

    October 1, 2014 at 6:37 am

    • I don’t think my list is complete. My number 1 was not mentioned at Wikipedia, there probably are more as well. Again: I don’t know what is “common” when you look at usage of songs in movies. There are some pieces of classical music that are used a lot, but pop songs… What other songs keep coming back and back? That is an idea for another post.

      Jessica

      October 1, 2014 at 3:31 pm

  2. Magic Mike. Facepalm. For me it is. That movie just doesn´t do anything for me except making me feel embarrassed. Queer as folk on the other hand – WHAT A GREAT SHOW! I love it! And I love your take on the theme too 🙂

    Fiffi

    October 1, 2014 at 10:25 am

    • Thanks! Watching this little scene from Queer as folk made me long to watch it again.

      Jessica

      October 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  3. Love your post!

    5. I’d forgotten about the Friends episode where they see Chandler’s dad. Nice!
    4. I really liked Magic Mike, especially the hips of Channing Tatum 😉 Good choice.
    2. Ha ha, the best fight scene ever is between two polite brits. Thanks for reminding me.
    1. One of my (early) favorite shows. It’s fun that ‘Little Finger’ from GoT is the “hottie” in Queer as folk. Oh, I get goose bumps… ❤

    Cecilia

    October 1, 2014 at 10:42 am

    • Thank you for your kind words! I’ve never seen GoT so I didn’t see that connection. Great catch!

      Jessica

      October 1, 2014 at 3:33 pm

  4. Nice take on the theme. 🙂 I don’t have so much to say since I’ve only seen one of the movies/shows in your list and I don’t even remember that scene (from Bridget Jones!). But I should really see After the Wedding. I think I’ve only heard good things about that film.

    Jojjenito

    October 1, 2014 at 11:50 am

    • I watched After the Wedding recently just because of this list (crazy, I know). I think it’s a little ridiculous in some ways, I don’t quite buy the framing story. But if you break it down and look at individual scenes there are some really great moments in it. I think it’s worth a watch. It’s available on Netflix Sweden.

      Jessica

      October 1, 2014 at 3:35 pm

  5. YES, I can hear the song in my head. NO, I can’t get it out of my head now…

    The only one I have seen from your list is Bridget Jones, and I don’t remember the scene or much from that movie. But a great list and a nice twist on this months theme. 🙂

    Henke

    October 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm

  6. LOL, cool post! I love that scene on Friends.

    fernandorafael

    October 4, 2014 at 6:54 am

  7. OMG.. that’s Littlefinger!! Well now I have to watch the UK version.. I did follow the US version for years though but I think I’ll enjoy a little bit of Littlefinger instead. 😀

    mettelray

    October 7, 2014 at 2:08 pm

  8. You can do sountrack searches in IMDB. It lists 62 movies/TV show episodes that used it.

    http://www.imdb.com/search/text?realm=title&field=soundtracks&q=it%27s+raining+men

    Chip Lary

    October 10, 2014 at 2:51 am

  9. Cuba Gooding Jr. in Boat Trip funny scene

    SiS

    January 30, 2015 at 10:14 pm


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