Looking back at the 80’s, you have some incredible soundtracks: Flashdance, Footloose, Purple Rain, Top Gun, Pretty In Pink, The Lost Boys, and Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Each of these movies holds an even more special place in our heart because the music fit so perfectly with the film, we can’t imagine those scenes without those iconic songs.
Then you have the other side of the story! Some movies were so bad in the 80’s that they’ve hopelessly become cult classics. Take “Flash Gordon” the kitschiest low budget science fiction epic of the decade where a football player and his friends travel to planet Mongo to save Earth from Ming The Merciless. A bad script can’t be saved even with good actors. Despite having Oscar winner, Jeff Daniels in the lead role, “Against All Odds” was universally panned and headed straight to VHS.
“Less Than Zero” starred Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr, but critics despised the film. Actors being miscast for their roles and the overly dramatic take of the decadent Los Angeles lifestyle of the rich and famous put the movie on many Worst Movies of the Decade list. But no movie was slammed harder than Rick Springfield’s “Hard To Hold”, a film that felt like a car crash. Actually that a big part of the plot, Rick gets into a car crash with a pretty woman and valiantly tries to woo her all movie, including an infamous naked butt scene.
But what do these four movies have in common? Despite scores at the bottom of the Rotten Tomatoes movie review site, the music from these films stand the test of the time. Arguably Rick Springfield’s best song, “Love Somebody”, The Bangles dynamic interpretation of “Hazy Shade Of Winter”, my favorite Phil Collins song, and a Queen song, “Flash” with that “save the world” hook that gets me everytime.
“LOVE SOMEBODY” RICK SPRINGFIELD
“AGAINST ALL ODDS” PHIL COLLINS
“HAZY SHADE OF WINTER” THE BANGLES