From the first iconic musical stabs of Barry White's "You're the First, the Last, My Everything", you can't help but think of good lovin' and Tim Burton uses our sense memory to his advantage to evoke an immediate sense of romance in the air for for Barnabas and Angelique's steamy love scene as well as to engage us with a sense of fun as one of the songs on the movie's trailer and it's also included on the 2012 Dark Shadows Movie Soundtrack.
Since the song is so synonymous with Barry White, it's hard to believe that it was originally a less than popular country song from the 50s originally titled the less romantic "You're the First, the Last, My In-Between" by Peter Radcliffe. According to Wikipedia, White discofied it in the 70s and it became a chart topping classic and a signature song for Barry White.
It was great to hear the song resurrected again as it had a brief spot in the limelight in the late 90s and 2000s during the run of the television series Ally McBeal as it was mousey, introverted lawyer, John Cage's go-to song as his internal confidence building soundtrack.
What I like about Tim Burton's use of Barry White for his 70s fueled soundtrack is that rather than to pick some raunchy, 70s glam song, he contrasted his hyper surrealistic characters with the gooey, super sticky sweet sentimentality of a song that is universally loved, tapping into the grander idea that no matter who we are, despite our station in life and whether we're a vampire or just a girl or guy, that love is universal.
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Source: Warner Bros