As you probably recall, I saw Ghostbusters on the big screen a few weeks ago. It whetted my appetite to re-watch the much-maligned sequel. The original is a blast in every way. The sequel was… not good, but I enjoyed it, just like I have all the other times I’ve seen it. However, there’s one prevailing theme throughout both films. Specifically, other than Ray Parker, Jr.’s titular theme song and “Higher and Higher”, both films are crawling with horrible, horrible songs. For instance…
Savin’ the Day, The Alessi Brothers
I almost burst out laughing when I heard whatever this is in the movie.
Flip City, Glenn Frey
The bass line, vocals, whining guitar, and keyboard are pure 80s. That’s not a good thing.
Magic, Mick Smiley
How did anyone get laid in the 80s with music like this to set the mood?
On Our Own, Bobby Brown
Too hot to handle, too cold to hold/ They’re called the Ghostbusters and they’re in control/ Had ’em throwin’ a party for a bunch of children/ While all the while the slime was under the building/ So they packed up their group, got a grip, came equipped/ Grabbed their proton packs off their back and they split/ Found about Vigo, the master of evil/ Try to battle my boys? That’s not legal
Supernatural, New Edition
I have no clue what this is doing on the soundtrack.
In the Name of Love, The Thompson Twins
The best part of The Thompson Twins is that they remain in the 80s, never to be freed.
The Promised Land, James “J.T.” Taylor
You know what a soundtrack for a movie about ghosts doesn’t need? A love song by some dude with a falsetto voice.
We’re Back, Bobby Brown
A calliope music beat and video game noises sort of undercut the song’s lyrics about fighting evil (“and overthrow the bad, yo!”). This also makes Bobby Brown a repeat offender.