Cop Rock

This song’s gonna make you want to get up and dance!

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….

“Party All The Time” was not one of those hits…

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!

As is Tom Cruise dancing in his underwear.

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!

I, like, totally want your sex!

Come back next Monday for more great music that years and years of being subjected to clock manipulation has made us forget….


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24 Responses to Cop Rock

  1. is it just me who thinks that this song has some tunes from kenny loggins footloose?

  2. Well that certainly got me out of my “hey I lost an hour of sleep” fog this morning. YESSSS!


  3. Those morons taking one hour away will be here at the end of this month, maybe they swim over the Atlantic. Hugs to my favourite lady Mitzi.

    • I wish they would drown in the Atlantic. I heard the EU has voted to end “Summer Time” after this year… I don’t know enough about the European geopolitical situation to know if that affects you or not. It seems so stupid to change the clocks in a place so close to the Arctic Circle anyway…

      • EU has not decided yet, it affects here, not much, but summer time would give one light hour in the evening at fall, before we sink to the darkness until at the end of February, when the sun will shine more.

  4. I was an eighties girl all the way… big hair, shoulder pads and MTV baby! I don’t miss the hair or the shoulder pads… but I was sad when music videos died.
    And btw? Seger rocks!

    • When VH1 Classic started in the early 2000’s, it was the closest thing to classic MTV there’s ever been since the real thing. I caught up on a lot of the iconic and not so well remembered videos of my youth. Unfortunately, the same thing that happened to MTV happened to VH1 Classic. Video killed the video star…

  5. Trisha says:

    That was a good way to get this miserable Monday started! Except that just the mention of I Had the Time of My Life gets it stuck in my head. I can’t believe that song beat Bob Seger. That’s just wrong!

    • I do like that song, though I hate that movie and Patrick Swayze. It was a complete snow job that Seger didn’t win the Oscar for this… they must have had the wrong envelope again.

      • Trisha says:

        I used to like that song until one of the local casinos had it turned it into a sped-up, chipmunky jingle for their commercial that plays incessantly. Now when I think of that song all I hear is a sing-songy voice repeating “do it all again” while another voice talks about Machingo, which I’m guessing is bingo played on an incredibly noisy machine. I won’t go into into the casinos for four reasons: They’re too noisy, too smoky, too crowded and they make commercials that annoy the hell out of me!

      • Washington doesn’t have a smoking ban, or are casinos exempt? Our ban in Illinois includes casinos, so smoking gamblers have to go across the river to Missouri (which is where I play anyway). I was still going to Bingo weekly when the ban went into affect in 2008 and lordy did that place clear out during the two smoke breaks!

      • Trisha says:

        Lol! I can imagine the stampede toward the door for smoke breaks given how the air is so thick with smoke in our casinos. Our casinos are on reservations so our smoking ban doesn’t apply there. I can’t handle the smoke. It instantly burns my eyes and throat. And the sound of all those machines immediately renders my brain useless!

  6. The songs from Beverly Hills II were far better than Brigitte Nielsen’s acting. What WAS Sylvestor Stallone thinking?

  7. draliman says:

    Not a bad song from a great franchise. Sorry to hear about your clocks. Ours will do the same one Sunday in a few weeks.
    And no way is George Michael having my sex. Even if he were still alive.

  8. ghostmmnc says:

    Good song – good movie! 🙂

  9. And there I was thinking of movie musicals that I still sing — and watch. I am NOT an American 80s girl. I think I might be an Israeli 80s girl, though, since that’s where I wuz.

    • Apparently there wasn’t a whole lot of American pop culture that made it over there. 80’s movies apparently tried to be musicals, just on a different level. And sometimes, the hit song associated with the movie was only played over the credits…

  10. crimsonowl63 says:

    I must have been really busy that year. I never saw any of the movies listed. I went to YouTube to listen to the Seger tune and wouldn’t have recognized him. Of course, as you can guess, #1 or not, I have never heard it before and it’s not at all my cup of tea.

    I always love these posts though!

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