Many movies rely on songs to set mood, and there are some that are relied upon a lot – what we like to call soundtrack staples. The Heavy’s How You Like Me Now? only hit in 2009, but it’s already been heard in HEAPS of movies, and on TV, and in games, and…
Every so often a song hits that just has the funk. In this case it’s mostly due to a sample, but damn does it work. To think, this was the third single off English outfit The Heavy’s The House That Dirt Built album, too (note, the first two singles weren’t this ace).
The sample in question is the opening riff of Dyke & the Blazers’ 1969 single Let a Woman be a Woman – Let a Man be a Man, and without it How You Like Me Now? would more or less just be a vocal over a deep bassline and a drum track. Still, their reappropriation certainly struck a chord, with the song becoming omnipresent – Dave Letterman even loved it so much that he made The Heavy play it twice when they guested on his show.
As well as the 12 movies that we’ll get to shortly, How You Like Me Now? has become a video game favourite, appearing in Borderlands 2, Driver: San Francisco, Forza Horizon 2, Knack, LittleBigPlanet 3, MLB 10: The Show and The Crew. We won’t go into TV because, well, space.
OK, it’s time to get in deep…
The Fighter (2010)
Somebody always gets there first, and in this case it was the Christian Bale/Marky Mark drama, using HYLMN? in its introductory credits.
Horrible Bosses (2011)
We could have put vision in of the scene preceding the lengthy HYLMN? montage, however Mr Jones’ nickname precluded that. So, this is a still of the bit just before said montage hits. We guess that’s not very exciting, but things do get better down the page, we promise.
This Means War (2012)
Ooh, action Tom Hardy! Now where were we? Uh, How You Like Me Now?, yes? What a perfect accompaniment for a wild paintball scene – featuring action Tom Hardy. We like action Tom Hardy.
Step Up 4: Miami Heat (aka Step Up Revolution) (2012)
HYLMN? appears in a dance scene. As this is a dance movie you may (rightfully) be muttering “Well duh!” at this point, but we swear it must be the only song in the whole bloody movie that isn’t available as a remotely legitimate clip on the internet. To prove that we looked, and can state that the song appears around the 23-minute mark in the movie (well, it does in the Spanish version…)
Thanks for Sharing (2012)
Hey, sex addiction dramedy! The Heavy get heavy – or something like that. Here’s the Heavy-free (but P!nk-ful) trailer…
GI Joe: Retaliation (2013)
Even army guys based on kids’ dolls dig The Heavy – roll end credits…
Grudge Match (2013)
Stallone! De Niro! Montage! (…which sadly we couldn’t find online.)
Tapped Out (2014)
When a movie trailer starts with “He lost everything, except the will to fight” and continues with “What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger” then we normally tend to take a wide berth. As such we’ve absolutely no idea how HYLMN? was used in this MMA thing. But it was, apparently.
Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
HYLMN? made a return to the Horrible Bosses franchise – we guess two movies can make for a franchise – this time over the closing credits with added outtakey goodness.
Once again chronology saves the best until (almost) last, with Storks‘ strange character Pigeon Toady’s even stranger take on How You Like Me Now? – or should that be Huh Muh Nuh Ma-nuh?
Chalk up another animated movie appearance…
The Misfits (2021)
Something about the song makes it fit perfectly into heist flicks, like this Pierce Brosnan and Tim Roth number.