Movie Theme Songs

Discussion in 'DVD talk' started by miketardis, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. miketardis

    miketardis Sophomore Member

    Being a soundtrack enthusiast and lately having frequented some rather entertaining and comprehensive soundtrack blogs, I've gotten a kick out of the often-cheesy, referential theme songs that seemed especially prevalent in the 80s. I'm referring especially to songs named after the film in which they appear, or which refer to characters or events of the film. These are usually bad exercises in songwriting, but in spite of this they're mostly quite catchy and oddly endearing. Am I alone in this obsession?
    Above all else, I like that these songs were commissioned and produced for the film specifically, in contrast to the many lazy "music from and inspired by"-style soundtracks that followed on the heels of big soundtrack sellers like THE BIG CHILL.
    Some of my favorite "theme songs" (the complete soundtracks often contain at least a couple other nuggets; includes some '70s titles):
    "Bit By Bit (Theme From FLETCH)" - Stephanie Mills
    "Heavy Metal" - Sammy Hagar
    "To Live and Die in L.A." - Wang Chung
    "Summer Lovers" - Michael Sembello
    "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" - Sammy Hagar
    "American Flyers" - Glenn Shorrock
    "Running Scared" - Fee Waybill
    "All the Right Moves" - Jennifer Warnes/Chris Thompson
    "The Neverending Story" - Limahl/Giorgio Moroder
    "Call Me (Theme From AMERICAN GIGOLO)" - Blondie/Giorgio Moroder
    "Scarface (Push It to the Limit)" - Paul Engemann/Giorgio Moroder
    "Just One of the Guys" - Shalamar
    "Big Trouble in Little China" - John Carpenter/The Coupe De Villes
    "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" - David Bowie/Giorgio Moroder
    "Together in Electric Dreams" - Giorgio Moroder with Philip Oakey
    "Weird Science" - Oingo Boingo
    "I Am the Future (Theme From CLASS OF 1984)" - Alice Cooper
    "It's a Long Road (Theme From FIRST BLOOD)" - Dan Hill/Jerry Goldsmith
    "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" - Cyndi Lauper
    "Live to Tell (Theme From AT CLOSE RANGE)" - Madonna/Patrick Leonard
    "Teen Angel Eyes (Theme From THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN" - Tommy Tutone
    "Used Cars" - Bobby Bare
    "Thank God It's Friday" - Love and Kisses
    Last edited: Jun 14, 2007
  2. Darth Slater

    Darth Slater this is me in 1988! man crazy huh? Subscribed

    I have a huge collection of soundtracks also, However I would kill to get a replacement for my "Last american virgin" soundtrack...

    and I still to this day, don't know why there was NEVER a Ferris Bueller's Day off soundtrack (as it was a great soundtrack)
  3. miketardis

    miketardis Sophomore Member

    You're right, Darth. Just a crummy German CD Single.
  4. Paper Pills

    Paper Pills Sophomore Designer

    i seem to remember reading somewhere that there was a licensing issue with many of the songs due to the gambit of record companys and artists...therefore it was too much of a headache to arrange
  5. Darth Slater

    Darth Slater this is me in 1988! man crazy huh? Subscribed

    thats most likely what it was
  6. cdawn

    cdawn New Member Member

    Woulda loved a Ferris soundtrack...

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