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Year of Release: 1984

track listing
  • Footloose
    Kenny Loggins
  • Let's Hear It For The Boy
    Deniece Williams
  • Almost Paradise
    Mike Reno &
    Ann Wilson
  • Holding Out For A Hero
    Bonnie Tyler
  • Dancing In The Streets
  • I'm Free (Heaven Helps
    The Man)
    Kenny Loggins
  • Somebody's Eyes
    Karla Bonoff
  • The Girl Gets Around
    Sammy Hagar
  • Never
    Moving Pictures

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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.
    Shalamar's Dancing 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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