Twice As Mice

This earworm deserves to be sung from the rooftops.

Waste not, want not.  Why continue to consume new music when there’s so many perfectly good gently used tunes out there that actually sounds better.  Monday is recycling day at The Nest, and that means it’s time for us to fire up the backhoe and dig up another lost song that’s nearly been turned into compost out of that rock and roll landfill we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive!  DJ Scratchy is going green today with her hand crank powered turntable, while the Sponkies work to pick up all of the plastic water bottles out of the break room.  As Justin Bieber teaches us every day, good music is a non-renewable resource…

There are many things the under-30 crowd would have a hard time understanding about how things worked in my day, like how we survived without a phone permanently attached to our hands.  A millennial who time traveled back to the mid 80’s would also discover something odd about our form of Hollywood entertainment.  For much of the third quarter of the 20th century, animation was an anathema to the film industry.  The mid 60’s through mid 80’s saw almost no major animated films find their way to a theater near you, and the few that did were largely unsuccessful…

The biggest hit movie of 1965….. not.

Three years before The Little Mermaid relaunched the Disney animation factory that is still going strong today, Steven Spielberg decided to dabble in the cartoon film world… and in collaboration with Don Bluth, An American Tail hit theaters in November 1986.  The story of a family of Russian Jewish mice immigrating to America in the late 1800’s was not quite the usual fodder one would find in a cartoon film, a style that adults still refused to take seriously.  But An American Tail proved to be a surprising, pre-animation boom success, and also gave us one of many great songs I came to love from the radio goldmine that was early 1987… the Linda Ronstadt/James Ingram duet “Somewhere Out There”…

If I were the emotional type, that video might make me a little misty…

Pardon me while I compose myself…

‘Somewhere Out There” hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 (Losing out to the song I once declared to be The Most Surprising #1 Hit of the 80’s).  While I can accept its runner up status on the pop charts, I am utterly appalled to discover that it lost out on the Best Original Song Oscar that year to the horribly dreadful and criminally overplayed piece of schlock from Top Gun, Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away.”

Sorry Terri, but you should have taken your own advice and stopped with “No More Words.”

And on the bittersweet note of this beautiful and forgotten duet, the Dusty Vinyl Archive is going to take an extended hiatus for the rest of 2018.  Every Monday since four years ago this week, The Nest has brought you a music post, and that will not be changing.  Beginning next Monday, I’ll be starting my blog’s third Top 30 countdown… and I’ve decided to park it on Mondays to give the DVA some time to reload its waiting list.  You may still get a bit of Dusty Vinyl goodness between now and the end of the year since a few of the new countdown’s entries are songs I’ve already featured on past Mondays… and I want to keep my run alive of never repeating a Monday earworm.  But for the majority of Mondays from next week until New Years Eve, it will be all about the next countdown… the theme of which I’ll reveal a bit later this week!

The Top 30 Songs This Guy Likes Waaaaaaaay Too Much.

I will see you next Monday with Song #30!

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27 Responses to Twice As Mice

  1. crimsonowl63 says:

    My kids loved this movie along with Fievel Goes West! This song is pretty good. I’ve heard it many times 😜

  2. Piglove says:

    Shaking head. Nope. Not a fan of that song. Not at all. My sister had a huge Fievel doll. That thing scared the crap out of my mom growing up. Yucky. XOXO – Bacon

  3. noelleg44 says:

    I hated Take My Breath Away – such a piece of schmaltz! I think Somewhere Out There succeeded because it was Linda Ronstadt singing it – and I do like it!Good calls!

  4. For those of us who grow up in the 60’s there was always 101 Dalmatians (the original from 1961), beautifully illustrated (and the movie most responsible for the spike in Dalmatians ending up in shelters, I might add). That said, this song is lovely (I mean, it’s Linda freaking Ronstadt and James Ingram, a great singing duo for crying out loud!) but it’s just a bit too ‘romancey’ for my tastes on a Monday morning. I’m more of a “Livin’ on a Prayer” chick. 🤩 At least the number one song for that decade wasn’t Every Breath You Take. Ugh…that song droned on waaaay so slowly and got played waaaay too much IMHO.

    • Coincidentally, Livin’ on a Prayer was the #1 song the week before this song peaked at #2… losing out to a Huey Lewis song nobody plays anymore. The Slippery When Wet Jovi songs are just a bit too overplayed for my taste, but yeah, they do slightly rock a little more than Linda Ronstadt does…

  5. I really did like “Somewhere Out There” and Ronstadt and Ingram were definitely the RIGHT ones to do it too. Berlin’s “Take My Breath Away” however was a totally different story – I really didn’t like words or music for some reason and still don’t. Anxious to see your new Top 30 Countdown – especially if you toss in a DVA goodie once in a while!


  6. I still can’t get over the fact that Linda was dating Jerry Brown in the 80’s. That always seemed odd to me.

    Anyway, you’ve got me all choked up for some weird reason. It is such a pretty song with such pretty voices. A bitter sweet message. I never thought I’d admit that but hey, I just did. Sigh.

    • I was unaware of Linda’s dating interests (And all I really know about Jerry Brown was the short time he lasted as a candidate in the 1992 Presidential primary). I think it’s the song played over the movie footage that does it for me. Kinda the same thing when Bambi was playing on repeat in front of the Electronics department at work… I can be as emotionless as a mossy rock if you show me a live action tearjerker movie, but there’s something about bittersweet cartoon films that can tug at my rusty heartstrings…

  7. I loved Somewhere Out There as a kid and I still do. I’d love to see the film again too – I wonder if it’s on netflix?

    Best song called “take my breath away” is actually this one:

  8. ody N biskit….we look forward ta de top 30 coz we N joyed de last top 30 90 45’z dad ree veewed 🙂 !!! …thiz weekz song iz good az far az songz go…but comez with a funkee associationz with it for uz heer in trout towne sew ….nah ~~~~~

    🙂 ♥♥

  9. Trisha says:

    I’d forgotten all about this song and that it was from an animated mouse movie! Linda Ronstadt and James Ingram sure do have fabulous voices. I really hope this doesn’t stick in my head though. My youngest is graduating next week (maybe) and I don’t want anything putting me in a sentimental mood about the end of this era of my life. I’m determined to shed no tears whether Daniel walks across the stage or sits home feeling sorry for himself (and probably blaming me) because he’s a credit short.

    • Well, it certainly wouldn’t be your fault if he was a credit short! I somehow managed to graduate despite not taking the required number of PE classes, through no fault of my own. Then there’s my oldest sister who graduated a year late because it took her several tries to pass the mandatory Constitution test… but it led to the weird graduation photo which featured my nephew three months before he was born!

      No matter what, please try not to be like my Mom who has to find a reason to cry over everything… like the last time she packed a school lunch for me….

      • Trisha says:

        I had to LOL over your nephew attending his mom’s graduation three months before he was born. 😂 I’m so glad there were no mandatory algebra tests. I would still be trying to get my diploma!

        I used to get sentimental and weepy like your mom but getting my youngest through school has been such a challenge that I am celebrating each last. Today I got the last call “inviting” him to Saturday school because he’s failing a class. The last one ever – yay! Still six days for the attendance office to call, text and email to say he was absent or tardy though and, chances are, I will hear from them every one of those days. He’s late to class every day. Every. Freakin. Day.

        BTW, Somewhere Out There is definitely trying to stick in my head but I’m fighting it!

  10. draliman says:

    Alright I suppose, if you like that sort of thing. I did wonder when you announced your new feature for Mondays if it was a mistake in the day. The Dusty Vinyl Archive has been going so long!
    A nice Alyans reminder there. It’s a travesty the video has been removed. All their videos, looking at YouTube. Maybe they’ve fallen “out of favour”…

  11. Quirky Girl says:

    I love Fievel! Every time I hear that song, it reminds me of my favorite mouse. 😛

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