You’re tired and groggy because some morons in Washington borrowed an hour of your sleep and won’t let you have it back until November. Well, The Nest has your Monday morning wake up call that answers to no self proclaimed time lord. That’s the day we fall back and choose another great song that somehow got sucked into DST’s lost hour from that grandfather clock full of good chimes we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! DJ Scratchy’s ready to observe Music Savings Time, while the Sponkies are busy setting all the clocks ahead one hour… and wondering why they don’t change automatically like their phones. Here’s four minutes you definitely won’t lose out of your life…
The 1980’s were a golden age of movie soundtracks. No decade from start to finish even came close to putting out the quantity and quality of hits from Hollywood onto the charts quite like the Me Decade did. When you think of the iconic 80’s movies that were chock full of pop songs that crossed over onto the radio, you probably come up with flicks like Footloose, Top Gun, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Flashdance. All packed and loaded with Billboard gold, no doubt. But you might not instantly think of the franchise that scored more hits than any of those well known films did….
The 1985 action packed Beverly Hills Cop had a soundtrack that would put all of those others films’ music to shame. It spawned no fewer than four Billboard hits from artists like Glenn Frey, Patti LaBelle, the Pointer Sisters, and even the movie’s composer Harold Faltermeyer who had one of the last instrumentals to ever see the upper reaches of the Top 40. So when the sequel was released two years later, what would Beverly Hills Cop do for an encore?
Only introduce us to the only #1 hit of Bob Seger’s career, and one of the funnest most action packed songs ever!
If “Shakedown” doesn’t get your blood pumping on this sleep shortened Monday morning, I don’t know what will. This is a masterpiece which hit #1 and was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song in 1988 (losing to the Medley/Warnes classic “I Had The Time of My life”). Yet on what constitutes variety/oldies radio these days, Seger’s career appears to have ended after 1979’s “Old Time Rock And Roll.” What a travesty!
Here’s a bonus factoid I learned while doing my lazy research for this week’s DVA! Along with The Jets’ “Cross My Broken Heart,” the third hit from the Beverly Hills Cop II soundtrack was none other than George Michael’s “I Want Your Sex!” I had no idea it was even a soundtrack song, let alone in this movie!
Come back next Monday for more great music that years and years of being subjected to clock manipulation has made us forget….