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© Columbia Records
Year of Release: 1984
Let's Hear It For The BoyDeniece Williams
Almost ParadiseMike Reno &Ann Wilson
Holding Out For A HeroBonnie Tyler
Dancing In The StreetsShalamar
I'm Free (Heaven HelpsThe Man)Kenny Loggins
Somebody's EyesKarla Bonoff
The Girl Gets AroundSammy Hagar
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The movie that made actor Kevin Bacon famous: Footloose, a smash
movie from 1984. Most people don't remember that Kevin Bacon was in the
John Belushi movie Animal House. And the fact that he was one of
the fraternity guys who was initiated by the bossy character Neidermeier,
where Bacon was spanked with a paddle by Neidermeier. During this initiation,
Bacon says the famous quote: "Thank you sir, may I have another?" as he is
spanked again and again. I guess all actors had to start somewhere in the
movie business before they became famous. This scene is probably one that
Kevin Bacon would like to forget.
Footloose features a big 1980s pop-dance craze feature Kevin Bacon
as a teenage dancer, trying to get the local high school to ban their present
"law" on outlawing dancing at high school dances, and also trying to win the
heart of the daughter (Lori Singer) of the anti-dance principal (John Lithgow).
(Actually, this movie was based on a true story.)
The movie, likewise the soundtrack was a huge smash. This albums features
two #1 hits: Kenny Loggins' Footloose, and Deniece Williams'
Let's Hear It For The Boy. Also, another huge hit from this soundtrack
was Almost Paradise, a beautiful love ballad duet consisting of
Loverboy's Mike Reno and Heart's Ann Wilson. This song was
obviously a prom favorite, as well as a favorite soap-opera romance song.
Other radio players that weren't as famous as the above mentioned:
Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For A Hero: A challenging song that is
a good song for athletic sporting event heroes.
In The Sheets is a good pop-dance number.
Another Kenny Loggins tune,
I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Pain) definitely has the 1980s pop-rock/dance
sound. This song has the feel of another future Loggins tune that would
surface on another future soundtrack, Danger Zone, from Top Gun,
starring Tom Cruise.
Karla Bonoff's Somebody's Eyes has the 1980s pop sound,
where the rocking Sammy Hagar's The Girl Gets Around has a much
harder rock edge (obviously). The album closes with another rocker in the
style of 1980s pop-metal, Never, by Moving Pictures.
The Footloose soundtrack is a great album for those who enjoy
the 1980s pop/rock/dance sound. I enjoyed the movie, likewise the soundtrack.
The soundtrack spent 10 weeks at #1 on the charts.
This movie was was in a stream of "dancing" movies: Before Footloose
there were movies like Fame (1980) and Flashdance (1983).
Like Footloose, Flashdance featured two #1 songs: The title
song by Irene Cara, Flashdance... What A Feeling, and Michael Sembello's
Maniac. In 1987, Dirty Dancing was another well-known favorite
dance-type movie, featuring the #1 tune from it, (I Had) The Time Of My Life
by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes. If these soundtracks don't get your feet
up and moving, I don't know what else will.
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