Bitch Tapes: Title Tracks

This week a query in the Bitch office got me thinking about John Hughes films. And that got me thinking in soundtrack mode. And that lead to the realization that many of my favorite (or at least memorable on some level) 80s films have title tracks or songs that always accompany any thought of them. Listen with caution: these will get stuck on replay in your head.

1) "Purple Rain" – Prince
Quintessential Prince, in a starring role.
2) "Pretty in Pink" – Psychedelic Furs
Andie was so crafty!
3) "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough for Me" – Cyndi Lauper
I am pretty sure I included this song on another mix-tape...cause who can resist the Goonies or Cyndi Lauper?!
4) "In Your Eyes" – Peter Gabriel
Classic '80s-boombox-love-song-moment. It doesn't get old. (Not a title track, but might as well be. Although I assume it goes without saying, I'm referring to Say Anything.)
5) "Don't You (Forget About Me)" – Simple Minds
Again, not a title track, but latches to any thoughts of The Breakfast Club.
6) "St. Elmo's Fire (Man in Motion)" – John Parr
More brat pack...more coming of age.
7) "Weird Science" – Oingo Boingo
I like the song better than the film. Still counts in this category. And I like saying Oingo Boingo!
8) "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" – Irene Cara
Alex was a welder and a dancer...which, as a 7 year-old, I found pretty cool. I won't go into deeper analysis of the film's plot – again, I was 7 when it came out. But I still think about this song and wanna dance whenever I think about the film.

by Jaymee Jacoby
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3 Comments Have Been Posted

How about

"Better Off Dead" by Elizabeth Daily? Expected to see "Some Kind of Wonderful" too. Agreed on the "Weird Science" song being better than the movie...not that that'd be difficult. That film was creepy and offensive on so many levels.

Footloose!! (Kenny Loggins)

Can't forget Kevin's awesome dancing skills and that irresistibly danceable song!

a couple more

I love your choices! I have a couple to add to the list:

Fame - Irene Cara from Fame
Invincible - Pat Benatar from The Legend of Billie Jean
We Don't Need Another Hero - Tina Turner from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor from Rocky III

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