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The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for The Blues Brothers can be found here.

In chronological order:

SOMEBODY LOAN ME A DIME Performed by Fenton Robinson (Playing in the background while Jake is being released from Prison)

SHE CAUGHT THE KATY Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (Playing in the background while Elwood picks up Jake from Prison)

SHAKE YOUR MONEYMAKER Performed by Elmore James (Playing in the background while Jake and Elwood are with Curtis at the orphanage)

THE OLD LANDMARK Performed by James Brown and James Cleveland's Southern California Community Choir (The song Reverend Cleophus James performs in the Triple Rock Baptist Church)

GOD MUSIC By Elmer Bernstein (Playing in the Church when Jake 'Sees the Light')

SOOTHE ME Performed by Sam and Dave (Playing in the Bluesmobile when Elwood is pulled over by the police)

HOLD ON, I'M COMIN' Performed by Sam and Dave (Playing in the Bluesmobile during the first police chase, in the mall car parking lot)

CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (Playing while the Bluesmobile drives through the Mall)

PETER GUNN THEME Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (Playing while Elwood takes Jake to his home)

LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL Performed by Louis Jordan (The record Elwood puts on when he is at his apartment with Jake)

ANEMA E CORE Performed by Ezio Pinza (Playing in the background at Mrs Tarantino's house)

QUANDO, QUANDO, QUANDO Performed by Murph and the MagicTones (Murph and his band play this at the Holiday Inn)

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE Performed by (unknown) (The music playing in the background at the Holiday Inn)

DIE ROMANTIKER (OP 167) by Josef Lanner Performed by (unknown) (The music playing in the background during the entire Chez Paul scene)

BOOM BOOM Performed by John Lee Hooker (Performed in Maxwell Street by Street Slim)

THINK Performed by Aretha Franklin and The Blues Brothers Band (The song Matt's wife sings in the Soul Food Cafe)

SHAKE A TAILFEATHER Performed by Ray Charles and The Blues Brothers Band (The song Ray sings at Ray's Music Exchange)

BOOGIE CHILLUN Performed by John Lee Hooker (Playing while Jake and Elwood take the band to Bob's Country Bunker)

YOUR CHEATIN' HEART Performed by Kitty Wells (Playing in the background in Bob's Country Bunker)

GIMME SOME LOVIN' Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The first song performed at Bob's Country Bunker by The Blues Brothers Band)

THEME FROM RAWHIDE Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The second song performed at Bob's Country Bunker by The Blues Brothers Band)

STAND BY YOUR MAN Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The third song performed at Bob's Country Bunker by The Blues Brothers Band)

I'M WALKIN' Performed by Fats Domino (Playing while Jake, Elwood, Curtis and the orphans are out advertising for the concert)

MINNIE THE MOOCHER Performed by Cab Calloway and The Blues Brothers Band (The song Curtis performs with the Blues Brothers Band)

CAN'T TURN YOU LOOSE Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The song the band plays while Curtis introduces Jake and Elwood, includes the organ riff from 'Time is Tight')

EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The first song Jake and Elwood perform at the Palace Hotel Ballroom)

SWEET HOME CHICAGO Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The second song Jake and Elwood perform at the Palace Hotel Ballroom, and also during the following car chase)

RIDE OF THE VALKYRIES Performed by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (Playing whilst the Nazis fall from the sky)

THE GIRL FROM IPANEMA Performed by (unknown) (Music playing in the elevator)

JAILHOUSE ROCK Performed by The Blues Brothers Band (The song the band plays in prison and during the credits)

Yes. To provide further information on the characters' backgrounds and of the Blues Brothers universe, a book called "Blues Brothers: Private" was released in 1980. It was written by Dan Aykroyd and Judith Belushi-Pisano (wife, now widow, of John Belushi). The book contains these following facts: Jake was born "Jacob Papageorge" to Artesia Papageorge, a woman imprisoned for murdering her husband. She died in childbirth. Elwood was abandoned at a newsstand when he was a baby. When he was brought to the orphanage, The Penguin named him after the police officer that found him: "Elwood Delaney". As Jake and Elwood became good friends growing up in the orphanage, they took the name "Blues" and became blood brothers when they cut themselves with a guitar string and inserted each others' blood.

Yes. Following the movie's release, Dan Aykroyd was in the process of writing a script titled "Return of the Blues Brothers". It was meant to be a prequel that chronicled the origins of the the Blues Brothers, including the formation of the band. When John Belushi died in 1982, the idea was scrapped. Eventually, a sequel called "Blues Brothers 2000" was released in 1998.

It's a humorous quip, meaning he is going to attempt an evasive maneuver to get some distance between themselves and the pursuing law enforcement.

Yes. However, that would be a very boring movie. Though there was an Illinois bill introduced in the early seventies to make church properties taxable, but it was killed years before the movie was made. It's possible the story takes place in an alternate history, where that bill passed.

An orange whip is a cocktail made of orange juice, rum, vodka and cream. It is also a non-alcoholic fountain drink. The line was improvised by John Candy at the request of John Landis, at the suggestion of costumer Sue Dugan, daughter of Kenny Dugan, Vice President of the Orange Whip Corporation, who provided refreshments for production, so it counts as the film's product placement

It was not before its release on DVD that the extended version of the movie was available to fans. Unfortunately, there is still a lot of the footage missing because the studio has destroyed much of the unused material. The longer version is still by far preferable, the longer music scenes alone are worth it. More than 13 minutes of additional footage can be found in the Extended Version. A detailed comparison between both versions with pictures can be found here.

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