Mike Opitz Song Writing and Theory Project

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The Commitments

The Commitments

Wiki article on the film which has now also been made into a stage play.


“Mustang Sally”

Wilson Pickett

The Commitments

“I Can’t Stand the Rain”

Ann Peebles

The Commitments—Angeline Ball

Every song in The Commitments is a cover of a soul classic. These are two comparisons; there are many more in the film. These clips feature live performances and thus provide a setting for each song. Race, class, sexuality and more entwine in what Jimmy calls “working class music.”

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