“Caramel” Featured in Trailer for Film “Closer”
Suzanne’s “Caramel” has been featured in the trailer to the Mike Nichols film “Closer” which opens today (December 3rd). The movie is described as “An intriguing story of passion, drama, love, and abandonment involving two couples, which only gets more complicated when the man from the first couple gets acquainted with the woman from the second coupling” and stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Julia Roberts.
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Desperately Seeking Suzanne?
Suzanne was asked to audition for the lead in “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “The Color Of Money” …. as well as for the lead roles in Miami Blues (which went to Jennifer Jason Leigh), and the red haired nun in “Sister Act” with Whoopi Goldberg.
The establishing exterior shots of “Monks Diner” in “Seinfeld” is actually of Tom’s Restaurant in New York City. Tom’s Restaurant is the setting for Suzanne’s “Tom’s Diner.”
Suzanne in “Pulp Fiction”/Quentin Tarantino a Fan…
In the DVD and Laser Disc editions of “Pulp Fiction” there is a deleted scene which has Vincent Vega (John Travolta) picking up Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) to go to dinner at Jackrabbit Slim’s. Mia is filming Vincent and this is their dialogue:
Mia: What’s your name?
Vincent: Vincent Vega.
Mia: Any relation to Suzanne Vega?
Vincent: Suzanne Vega’s my cousin.
Mia: Suzanne Vega the folk singer is your cousin?
Vincent: Suzanne Vega is my cousin. If she’s become a folk singer, I sure as hell don’t know nuthin about it.
In an interview in Playboy Magazine, Quentin Tarantin said, “The Go-Go’s were terrific, and their songs seemed poignant and real. But even they were basically singing about their boyfriends, too. So I don’t know if you actually get insight from girl groups. If you want to learn about how a woman feels, you might want to listen to someone like Suzanne Vega.”
In another interview with the French magazine, “Les Inrockuptibles,” Quentin Tarantino lists “Suzanne Vega” as one of his “Top Ten” records.
Another Fan: Homer Simpson
In episode 5F06 of “The Simpsons” entitled “Reality Bites,” Snake tries to kill Homer in order to get his car back. While driving down the road in Snake’s car, Homer sings a bit of “Luka”:
On August 2, 2003, Suzanne played a concert at Los Angeles’ House of Blues.
In her road diary, Suzanne writes, “The actor Dan Castellaneta who does the voice of Homer Simpson was there. We were thrilled to meet him. I somehow had the childish expectation that he would look like his character, which he does not, being clean shaven with a flat belly! He and his wife were very nice, and when he actually did the voice of Homer Simpson, we shouted with laughter. We asked him if he would introduce the show, which he was gracious enough to do. I imagine it must be like being a doctor at a party, when you go somewhere and people ask if you’ll perform. The audience was probably a bit startled.”
Beavis & Butthead
An episode of MTV’s Beavis & Butthead included Suzanne’s “Blood Makes Noise”
Luka on The Sopranos?
Actor Jason Cerbone, best known as Jackie Aprile Jr. on HBO’s “The Sopranos” met with an untimely demise on that show in 2001. Getting his start in acting at age two in PBS’s “Sesame Street”, he played the role of “Luka” in Suzanne’s video.
Jason also appeared in the 2002 film “Paper Soldiers” and in Bon Jovi’s video, “Silent Night.”
The Truth About Cats and Dogs
The film, ‘The Truth about Cats and Dogs” starring Uma Thurman and Janeane Garofalo included Suzanne’s “Caramel” in one of the most memoable scenes in the movie.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
And speaking of Janeane Garofalo, she had this unusual exchange on Space Ghost Coast to Coast:
Space Ghost: Quick, who am I?
Janeane Garofolo: Space Ghost.
Space Ghost: Wrong. My name is Luka, I live on the second floor.
Janeane Garofolo: (laughs)
Space Ghost: (She is one happenin’ lady.) Janeane, you are one happenin’ lady.
Janeane Garofolo: Thank you.
St. Clare in “Felicity”
“St. Clare”, written by Jack Hardy and performed by Suzanne on “Songs In Red and Gray” was used on an episode of “Felicity.”
Other Television and Film References
“Tom’s Diner” was used in a recent televison commercial for Nissan.
“Dopamine” was used on an episode of “The Sopranos”
“Jeannie’s Diner” based on “Tom’s Diner” with vocals by Marilyn E. Whitelaw; and additional Vocals by Mark Davis was used on TVLand and Nick at Night to promote “I Dream of Jeannie”
“Blood Makes Noise”, was used on “Homicide.”
Actress Emma Watson, [Hermoine Granger of Harry Potter], lists Suzanne as one of her favorite artists.
In episode 91 (“Parranoyed”) of “Becker” starring Ted Danson, a reference is made to “Luka” in the punchline of a gag.