While out on a run last week (Trying to keep myself active while looking for a new job), I heard the song “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers, and it made me immediately think of the movie “Benny and Joon” staring Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Aidan Quinn. This got me thinking of other songs that immediately make me think of a specific movie.
Besides the obvious Kenny Loggins hits of the 80’s (Footloose from “Footloose”, I’m All Right from “Caddyshack” and Danger Zone from “Top Gun”), and many of the James Bond Theme Songs, there are are a few lesser known songs (and movies) that have stuck in my head for years
Runner by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band from “The Philadelphia Experiment” staring Michael Paré and Nancy Allen – A great and under appreciated science fiction, time traveling movie
On the Dark Side by John Cafferty from “Eddie and the Cruisers” – Another great performance from Michael Paré
St. Elmo’s Fire by John Parr from “St. Elmos Fire” – One of the great ensemble movies of the 80s – Can watch this over and over and still enjoy it every time
I’m sure there are more, as there were lots of fantastic sound tracks released in the 80’s and early 90’s
Maybe I was more impressionable back then, but it seems that songs had much more of a role in movies back in the 80’s and 90;s, where they become part of the story, and really help to set the mood. Nowadays, a lot of songs in movies are used more for marketing purposes, or are played over the closing credits. But they really have no connection, and don’t really bring back strong feelings about the movie.
Finally, I am currently reading the new Clive Cussler novel “Celtic Empire”, Number 25 in the Dirk Pitt series. I have read and enjoyed every one of them and highly recommend them to anybody who likes this type of book
Be back with my thoughts on the new season of the Amazing Race as well as my thoughts on Survivor as we are getting to the end