Pop Goes My Heart! by POP! from Music & Lyrics. If this song had actually been released in the 80s with exactly that video, it would have gone pop on the charts. Damn it’s impossible to get it out of your heart (and that video- omg- the “let’s go…” head jerk, the stop-action “heart attack”, the snap/change of dress, all of it- just perfect- and the guy playing Colin is somewhere to the north of gorgeous).
Tonight is What it Means to be Young by Fire Inc. from Streets of Fire: I love this song. Always reminds me of the vampire Lestat somehow, but the lyric “he’s dancing like a cat on the stairs” is just one of those that grabs me.
Double Back Alley by The Rutles (poor AV quality unfortunately). A song the Beatles never wrote, but should have.
That’s a good song, but “Nowhere Fast,” also by Fire Inc. from the same movie, is one of my all-time favorite songs. It’s so melodramatic! Jim Steinman, best known for his work with Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler (and the ill-fated *Dance of the Vampire * musical) wrote both of them. I’ve never actually seen Streets of Fire, though – none of my local Blockbusters have it, and the online service always has it as a “short wait.”
Technically, Fire Inc. was the name of the group of studio musicians that recorded both songs, but the band in the movie was called Ellen Aim and the Attackers – Diane Lane played Ellen Aim and lip-synched both songs.
Neither have I, actually, and whenever it’s moved to the top of my Netflix queue it’s the “wait” thing again and ends up getting moved down. I might move it back up just to check it. I’ve heard the movie’s not nearly as good as the movie. (There’s a doo-wop -ish number by a group whose leader is played by Robert Townsend [I think his role in that inspired *The Five Heartbeats*, which I’ve also never seen] that I also like.)
Oh, I also really liked “Guilty as Charged,” the “Ring of Fire” homage (and a completely awesome song in its own right) from Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Obviously John C. Reilly’s Cox character is based on Johnny Cash, but there’s more than a little Elvis Presley and Jim Morrison in this particular song.
Curses on those of you who beat me to mentioning the Rock Gods that are Spinal Tap. Hmph.
Didja know, they actually played that stuff themselves? (They had musical hobbies)
OR, that they actually went on tour, in answer to popular demand? (A friend told me that Nigel St. Hubbins demonstrated the novel technique of throwing horseshoes at his guitar)