Julius Caesar Soundtrack
Big Idea: Bad Friendship
Toast to the Life-Long Friends by Duotang
Toast to the Life-Long Friends is a great representation of the Act IV and V as it shows how Brutus and Cassius’s friendship falls apart and they say their farewells in their last battle, and while the song as a whole is an over exaggeration of what their friendship was, the idea it gives applies well. One good example of how this applies to Cassius and Brutus’s friendship is when the song says, “But then, the last time you rolled into town, both of us had little to say, except ‘I had a great time’”. This is similar to how Cassius talked about his friendship with Brutus, saying that “A friend should bear his friend's infirmities” and talking about how he was his friend, but without talking about and discussing the friendship like Brutus did. All in all, the scene just shows how the two conspirators are just obviously drifting apart in their friendship to where “it's only just a past that remains”, and they finally have a “toast” to their old friendship as they say their goodbyes to each other in Act V Scene 1 before going into battle. The song shows less of a bad friendship and more of a dying friendship, but the fact that Brutus and Cassius's friendship is dying proves that it wasn't a great friendship to begin with.
Back Stabbers by The O’Jays
In this song, the O’Jays sing about a group of people who backstab you, just like how the group of conspirators, especially Brutus, all backstab Caesar in Act III Scene 1. When describing this group of back stabbers, the O’Jays say that “All the time they want to take your place”, showing that they are jealous of the person they backstab. This applies to Cassius extremely well, as he is only a conspirator because of his bitter jealousy of Caesar, which is seen throughout Act I Scene 2, such as when explaining why Brutus should join the conspirators and asks “Why should that name(Caesar) be sounded more than yours?”, showing how he thinks Caesar is no more deserving of being king than anyone else. The song also sings “I wish they'd take some of these knives off my back”, which is a quite literal interpretation of the scene about Caesar’s death. Overall, this song shows the theme of bad friendship by explaining the betrayal of Caesar by noblemen that he thought to be his friends who turned around and killed him.
Fake Friends by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
While Fake Friends in its entirety doesn’t apply perfectly to Cassius and Brutus’ friendship, many individual lines apply very well. One example of a line that fits the two conspirators’ friendship is “'Cuz they all agree, you're supposed to have a better life”. This is similar to when Cassius tells Brutus that ”I think you would not have it so.” in Act I Scene 2, referring to how he thinks that Brutus would have a better life without Caesar as king, flattering him to encourage him to join the conspirators. Another line, “Ya don't lose when you lose fake friends” is relatable to Act V Scene 5, when readers start to realize that the only true friend of Brutus was Caesar, so Brutus killing him was actually Brutus’s biggest loss. The song relates to the idea of bad friendship because of the relationship between Cassius and Brutus. They appear to be friends, but the two men are so different they cannot agree any longer by the end of the play. The line “Ya got nothin to lose” is especially potent at the end of the play. Brutus must know he cannot win, and with his wife, and his only real friend gone, he realizes he has nothing to lose. Thus, in true Shakespearean fashion, Brutus commits suicide, keeping his promise not to return to Rome in chains, and completing the deaths of the conspirators