by Adam Riske
Artist: Bob Seger
From: Beverly Hills Cop II
Beverly Hills Cop II Music Consultant: “Bob, thanks for coming in. Sit down. Sit down.”
Bob Seger: “Sure. Thanks for having me.”
Consultant: “I’m gonna cut to the chase. We need a macho song for the lead single to Beverly Hills Cop II.”
Bob Seger: “More than 'The Heat Is On'?”
Consultant: “Bob? Please! Cop II is a whole other ball game. None of that Mickey Mouse kids’ stuff from Marty Brest’s picture. We got this guy, Tony Scott, he made Top Gun.”
Bob Seger: “Yeah, well I don’t know. I always thought of Beverly Hills Cop as a comedy before some sort of macho swag. I just don’t have any ideas off the top of my mind.”
Consultant: “I don’t presume to tell Bob Seger his business, but may I offer one suggestion that I think might help? A1 Steak Sauce!”
Bob Seger: “A1 Steak Sauce?”
Consultant: “If A1 Steak Sauce were a song…that’s what I want.”
Bob Seger: “I’ve got just the thing!”
Title: “The Girls and Boys of Rock and Roll”
Artist: The Chipmunks and the Chipettes
From: The Chipmunk Adventure
I legitimately think this song has a good chorus (“You better believe it! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!”). It also reminds me of a great day in my life when I was at my 5th birthday party (I think it was at Hardee’s???) and my dad was like “Hey, after this want to go see The Chipmunk Adventure at the mall?” Parents, remember, it’s the small stuff like that which determines if your grown child will one day pick up your mail when you go on vacation.
Title: “Catch Me (I’m Falling)”
Artist: Pretty Poison
From: Hiding Out
I love Hiding Out. It’s the type of movie I watched way too many times when it was on HBO and I was too young to know what was going on. All I knew was I thought Jon Cryer was funny and Annabeth Gish was a fox. I caught up with it a few years ago on Netflix and I still like it! Anyways, this song from the movie by Pretty Poison rules. I especially like the part (first appearance is around the 1:15 mark) were she goes “Ca.Ca.Catch Me I’m Falling” because it sound like she’s really falling! I know I am right for loving this song because in the YouTube sidebar it offers up Jane Child and Taylor Dayne videos as next-ups. Whatever happened to Jane Child? “Don’t Want to Fall in Love” is a hot song. She had a chain in her nose.
Title: “Hazy Shade of Winter”
Artist: The Bangles
From: Less than Zero
That…guitar…riff…omg! I much prefer The Bangles version of “Hazy Shade of Winter” to the original. It’s one of the best songs ever. And how foxy is Susanna Hoffs (and she’s Jewish too…omg)? This song and video captured my imagination so much in 1987 that I remember really wanting to see the drug drama Less than Zero and I was in kindergarten! It would take five years of D.A.R.E. to make me forget that drugs are probably not like hanging out on a left-over Elm Street: Dream Warriors set, listening to the hottest song, sung by the hottest girl. My teacher in class would ask “Adam, what do you think of drugs, aren’t they bad?” and I would answer “Bow..bow..bow..wa.. wo..wa..wa..oh..wow.”
Title: “Light of Day”
Artist: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
From: Light of Day
Ok, look, Bruce Springsteen wrote this song so of course it’s going to be good. His version is better because he’s Bruce Springsteen. BUT Joan Jett (one of my first crushes, according to my mom) is no slouch and her take, from the movie Light of Day, rocks too. Is Michael J. Fox really playing guitar here? Is the other guitar player Michael McKean? Checking…yeah it is! Is Light of Day worth a re-watch? I remember it being a drag.
Title: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”
This song might come from Mannequin but it is perfected by Bill Hader and Kristin Wiig (the funniest woman in the world) in the movie The Skeleton Twins. That aside, this is the type of song I used to pretend I didn’t love and then I got in touch with my emotions and saw it for the masterpiece it is. This video is insane. Some of my favorite parts include the 0:18 mark where the dude (I don’t know his name…Starship had like 300 members) is all “Did I leave the stove on?” The female singer looks like my ACT tutor in high school (I got a 26 in case you were curious but like a 31 in English which is why I write for F This Movie! and am not a Science or Math worker person). Also great, 1:55 where she turns on the hose. It’s so dumb! BTW…how did homeboy turn into a mannequin at the end of the video? Like, I can buy a mannequin coming to life but without Vincent Price, isn’t a man to mannequin transformation a little far-fetched?
Title: “Mind Over Matter”
Artist: E.G. Daily
From: Summer School
I used to watch Summer School a lot on cable. The horror scene used to scare me, but it’s a movie that fucking works. Mark Harmon is like La Croix Costner, so I wasn’t exactly a hard sell admittedly being that I love both. I’m also 100% sure that if my dad and Mark Harmon met in real life they would be best friends (he loves NCIS). But, for reals, who knew E.G. Daily had a GREAT song in her like “Mind Over Matter”? Why this wasn’t a huge hit…I’m sure I don’t know. Wait, this was an unreleased Debbie Harry song?
Title: “Causing a Commotion”
From: Who’s That Girl?
Cartoon opening credits! I could have easily gone with the title track from Who’s That Girl? but totes my fave is “Causing a Commotion.” One thing I love about Madonna is that she doesn’t phone in her soundtrack singles. Think about it: ”Crazy for You,” “Into the Groove,”etc. etc. I don’t remember this movie being very good, though. And how many cheetah (Or is it a Jaguar? I don’t know. I only got a 26 on my ACT) scenes are there in Who’s that Girl?
Happy 1987 week everyone!