A very happy summer solstice to those of my colleagues in the Northern Hemisphere! Today is the longest day of the year, which will make those 120 degree temps you’ll be expecting in the Southwest all the more enjoyable! But while you’re busy baking in that dry heat, we’ll give you something else to fry your brain on this melting Monday…. another certified gold earworm straight from The Nest’s Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s got the AC cranked up to 11 while the Sponkies are chilling out in the cellar digging up another red hot classic that time forgot. It’s time to do some sweatin’ to the oldies!
To have a successful movie in the 1980’s, you had to have a killer soundtrack that contained at least one and preferably a whole slew of songs written just for that flick that would make it big on the Billboard charts. The king of the 80’s soundtrack was none other than the man whose mama didn’t dance and whose daddy thought rock and roll was the devil, Kenny Loggins. The former partner of Jim Messina was the voice behind no fewer than four Top 10 hits that were the main themes to big time 80’s movies.
The title track from Footloose hit #1, “Danger Zone” from Top Gun made it to #2, and “I’m Alright” from Caddyshack made it to the alright slot of #7. All three songs still get killer airplay on classic rock stations today…. but what about that fourth big movie hit?
Well, despite making it to #8 in 1988, “Nobody’s Fool” kinda fell off the face of the pop music earth probably due to the fact that it appeared in one of the most misguided and utterly despised sequels of the decade… Caddyshack II. The official video version with plenty of obligatory movie montage moments is here, but I’m gonna embed the cute animal version of it that appears on YouTube instead because….. cute animals!
This absolutely blows away everything else Kenny did in his career, yet it gets thrown out with the dirty bathwater that was the ill-fated Caddyshack sequel. I’ve never seen the original (Yes, have a “Gasp!” on me!), and have very vague memories of Part II… but the movie had shit written all over it before it ever even got made. Of the celebrated cast of the original movie, only Chevy Chase returned for the sequel eight years later… and even he regretted that before it even made it to the box office. Not that they didn’t find last minute replacements for the traditional roles… like making Bill Murray’s ghostbusting partner Dan Aykroyd the club’s new gopherbuster…
Among the real life comedy this movie did produce that you can read about in the Wiki article I linked to is how the studio sued Rodney Dangerfield for showing them no respect and backing out of the sequel, writer Harold Ramis unsuccessfully fought to keep from getting a writing credit for it, and even Murray got a nice, fat settlement from the producers since the gopher was a creation of his and he didn’t like that it reappeared in Caddyshack II! Let this be a lesson to Hollywood that not every successful franchise can be milked for everything that it’s worth…
At least we got this great Kenny Loggins song the mess! Our equine gophers will find more lost treasure for your ears next Monday… if the world doesn’t burn to a crisp before then.