If you’re a movie buff, you’ve probably heard The Push Stars feature in one of your favorite films. From “There’s Something About Mary” to “The Devil Wears Prada”, the group have had several of their tracks feature on the big screen. And while the group – who originate from Cambridge, Massachusetts – haven’t released any new material in over ten years, their music lives on in these Hollywood movies. Here’s a review of The Push Stars’ work in film and TV soundtracks.
The group first appeared on the silver screen in the 1998 comedy “There’s Something About Mary”, starring Jim Carey and Cameron Diaz. After years of touring around the country, The Push Stars garnered a loyal fan following – including two very influential fans. The Farrelly Brothers chose one of the group’s upbeat songs to feature in the comedy, opting for ‘Everything Shines’. “There’s Something About Mary” went onto gross millions of dollars at the US box office. Music supervisors took notice of the band, and soon their music was appearing in other big movies and TV shows.
Their first foray into film spurred The Push Stars to feature more of their music in Hollywood, with ‘I’m A Fool (And That’s Okay)’ appearing in the 1998 movie “Origin of the Species”. It was around this time that the group released their second recording – the EP “Tonight” – which followed the release of their debut album Meet Me At The Fair in 1996.
After taking a couple of years off from the movie soundtrack circuit, The Push Stars appeared again in the year 2000 – this time in the movie “Gun Shy”. The song ‘Drunk Is Better Than Dead’ features in the thriller, which stars Liam Neeson and Sandra Bullock. A year later, the group released “Opening Time” on Co-Op Pop records – a set which features their trademark sound of bright pop rock with strong melodies and lyrics. And whilst “Opening Time” didn’t become a box office smash, the group’s music was heard by a larger audience in the 2000 movie “Me, Myself & Irene”. The comedy movie features the track ‘Bad Sneakers’.
Just a year later, and The Push Stars’ music could be found on the big screen again. The track ‘Melt Away’ features on the soundtrack of “Say It Isn’t So”, a comedy film starring Heather Graham. The track ‘Miracle’ was also featured in the 2004 movie “Home Of Phobia”, a romantic college-based comedy drama. The Push Stars made their final (to date) appearance on the big screen in the movie “The Devil Wears Prada”, which stars Meryl Streep. The film follows a college graduate who has big dreams of working in the fashion world, and lands a job as an assistant to a powerful magazine editor. The soundtrack also features tracks from U2, Madonna, and Moby.
As well as appearing in all of these movies, The Push Stars have also had their music be played in hit TV shows too, such as the NBC medical drama series “ER” and the FOX comedy “Malcolm in the Middle”. The Push Stars are currently on hiatus as frontman Chris Trapper concentrates on his solo career, and Ryan MacMillan continues to play drums with Matchbox Twenty. Fans are eager to hear new material from the band, which might end up featuring in future movies and TV shows.