Fire and Water Records: Soundtrack Selections 8

The explosively popular Fire and Water Records is back! Ryan Daly welcomes Tom Panarese from Pop Culture Affidavit back to FWR for Soundtrack Selections volume 8. Raise your boombox high above your head as you blast back-to-back hits from Cameron Crowe movies. Soak up the sunshine and palm trees of Beverly Hills with Patti LaBelle, or give your soul-sucking office job the middle finger with The Geto Boys. All that and more, plus: a song from a Batman soundtrack! Finally, right?!!

Track list

  1. “On the Dark Side” by John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band from Eddie and the Cruisers
  2. “Then He Kissed Me” by The Crystals from Adventures in Babysitting / Goodfellas
  3. “Clerks” by Love Among Freaks from Clerks
  4. “Somebody’s Baby” by Jackson Browne from Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  5. “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel from Say Anything
  6. “Stir it Up” by Patti LaBelle from Beverly Hills Cop
  7. “Damn it Feels Good to Be a Gangsta” by The Geto Boys from Office Space
  8. “Bad Days” by The Flaming Lips from Batman Forever
  9. “Higher and Higher” by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren from Wet Hot American Summer
  10. “Every Time You Go Away” by Paul Young from Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  11. “Storybook Love” by Willy DeVille and Mark Knopfler from The Princess Bride

Additional music by Ray Parker, Jr.; The Soggy Bottom Boys; Whitney Houston; Prince; Will Smith; Madonna; Seal; Irena Cara.

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10 responses to “Fire and Water Records: Soundtrack Selections 8

  1. Good show guys. Happy to hear someone else give some love to Eddie and the Cruisers! And I really have to go visit Jackson Browne again. I forgot how much I loved “The Road” and “The Pretender!” I love being reminded of stuff that made an impact but has long been forgotten. Nice job!

  2. Listening now, but just a few points early on:

    1. I had a buddy who swore up and down “On the Dark Side” WAS by Springsteen. We got in an argument about it. In the pre-internet days, I didn’t have a handy way to prove it, but it got ugly.

    2. Elizabeth Shue…YES. Early crush.

    3. Jennifer Connelly….YES. Early crush. Does that Nintendo album “White Knuckle Fever” or something count as a soundtrack? I would like to talk about Roy Orbison’s “I Drove All Night” which has Connelly (and Jason Priestly) in the video. And as Ryan is well aware…she’s in fishnets.

  3. Another great show, Ryan! Pan-Pan is the perfect guest for this show.

    A few notes:
    Oh, Elisabeth Shue. Dammit, is she something! Crazy as balls, but a truly great actress who shines in everything she does.

    Flaming Lips! Such a great sounding band. I wish they made into the conversation more frequently. I wonder if they’re one of those bands that got in their way too much or were just so hard to market.

    More Pan-Pan.

    Actually, there hasn’t been a bad episode of this show yet! That’s why I haven’t been on.

  4. Great show guys. Loved the conversation. That moment from Say Anything is so iconic, I think it keeps the Boombox semi-relevant. I was watching an early episode of The Goldbergs the other day, and the youngest kid apes that scene. I think people who have never seen that movie know that moment.

    “Bad Days” was indeed from the scene in Batman Forever where Nygma begins his transformation into the Riddler. It’s after he killed Ed Begley Jr.’s character. It worked really well there. I kind of liked the Flaming Lips too. They had a great song, “Fight Test” on the Smallville: The Talon Mix soundtrack.

    I thought “Everytime You Go Away” was a 60s Motown song Paul Young covered! You learn something new every day.

    Great way to end with The Princess Bride. You can never go wrong with that film.

    Chris

  5. I also may have been introduced to “Then He Kissed Me” by Adventures in Babysitting, and even if I wasn’t, the song and movie are now inseparable in my mind. I had a modest crush on Elisabeth Shue, but she was always too together for there to be the slightest glimmer of a chance with her type. They did a cute tribute in the opening of To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You.

    I like most of the Jackson Browne songs I’ve heard, but because my interest in him wasn’t grandfathered in like a lot of other acts (side-eye toward Steven Tyler,) I still feel squicky about owning any of his stuff. “Somebody’s Baby” is also inextricably linked to Jennifer Jason Leigh’s appearance in the movie, which is a lot less innocent than Elisabeth Shue’s. Perhaps unsurprisingly, that’s a crush that has lasted.

    I saw Say Anything really late– like late 90s/early 00s, so I like it without nostalgia or having seen it since. I did buy the DVD though. “In Your Eyes” and the boombox imagery has been pretty thoroughly exploited in media, so it’s not one of my top Peter Gabriel tracks as a result.

    “Neutron Dance” comes more readily to mind, but I certainly find Patti LaBelle is a better fit for Beverly Hills Cop than James Bond. I saw the first one a bunch on VHS, but I have stronger impressions of the sequel because I caught that one theatrically. I liked both a lot more than their better remembered contemporaries, but haven’t watched either since the early ’90s for fear that they won’t hold up. I do miss happy music in purely entertaining movies.

    I remember in the early days of our friendship that Mr. Fixit thought I was a bigger fan of rap than I ever was because of my familiarity with 2 Live Crew, Run-DMC, Eazy-E and Geto Boys. That was more a reflection of my brother’s tastes and the novelty of profane music, but I’ll always salute representation of The H via Geto Boys. “Mind Playing Tricks on Me” is more my jam, or even Bushwick’s literally horrific “Chuckie,” but it’s still cool to hear a local callback in a cult hit.

    I caught a chunk of Batman Forever on cable a few years ago after not seeing it since theatrical and man, it was far worse than I remembered. I saw the part where Jim Carrey was building the machine to use on Ed Begley Jr. that featured “Bad Days” and was surprised such a dark and quirky tune was featured. I’m not a Flaming Lips guy but that was a good’un. Yeah, Batman Returns was the least musical of the Burton/Schumacher cycle, but I’d stack Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Face to Face” against any other BatTrack.

    Never saw all of Wet Hot American Summer and The State were not my sketch troupe of choice (Barry and LeVon exempted.)

    “Every Time You Go Away” was already a huge hit before I saw Planes, Trains, and Automobiles theatrically, but it was used so affectively there that they’re now intertwined. I don’t know if I ever listened to Hall & Oates’ “Everytime You Go Away” before now, and there’s nothing wrong with the original version, but it’s just a love song from a boy to a girl. Paul Young’s cover makes it more universal and heartfelt, singing out to anyone in your life that is much missed. That’s another movie I haven’t seen in ages despite buying on DVD, and whenever I think of Ryan and Shag spooning together, I picture the “those aren’t pillows” scene. One of the last great performances from both Steve Martin and John Candy.

    I don’t think I’ve ever watched The Princess Bride. Again, I own it on DVD, and know it well by osmosis from all the times my mother watched it, but I’ve never finished it myself. Therefore, I’m only vaguely aware of “Storybook Love,” since mom didn’t sit through credits like me.

    “I Drove All Night” is one of my favorite Cyndi Lauper songs, and she’s never been sexier than in that video. I don’t know that I was aware of the Orbison cover, and while I love him too, it kinda offends me? I yet again saw Labyrinth theatrically but also again haven’t seen it in years despite yes again owning it on DVD. Aside from the mechanical horse scene in the trailer for Career Opportunities though, she came across as too icy to crush on. Lust sure, but not crush.

    1. I only saw Say Anything in 2018 and hadn’t even heard of it!

      I was one of those teenagers who listened to Peter Gabriel and Laurie Anderson, just a touch more sophisticated than the brood, but not entirely because I know I played Def Leppard’s Hysteria a lot too.

  6. An excellent episode, gentlemen! I really enjoyed your selections both music-wise and movie-wise.

    I’m the only person I know of who saw Say Anything and just said, “meh”. I think I may have seen it at the wrong time in my life for the themes to resonate in me. Or maybe I wasn’t in the mood for that type of movie. Either way, even though I didn’t enjoy the move, I really enjoy Peter Gabriel so this was a great song choice. His fifth studio album, “So” which had “In Your Eyes” on it is probably one of my favourite albums of his, solo or Genesis.

    I also really enjoyed “Storybook Love” which, I too, also thought was just by Mark Knopfler, not realizing that Willy DeVille wrote the lyrics and sang on it. I think it’s a great example of using a main theme to great effect during the move that, by the end of the movie, you can sing (or I guess hum) along to the song without knowing the lyrics.

    Well done on another great Soundtrack Selections. I can’t wait to hear what movies/songs get chosen next! Keep up the great work!

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