Don’t You Forget About These

Don’t You Forget About These is my personal look back at film soundtracks from the 1980s. The emphasis is primarily on under-appreciated songs, ones that have either slipped under the radar or never got the acclaim they deserved. Remember that a bad movie can often have great tunes on its soundtrack album. This project is split into 12 parts (the last two are instrumental) and will unfold at regular intervals throughout 2018.

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Part 1 is a like a late night drive around the city. Any city. A mixture of new wave, pop and plenty of soul-searching AOR that’s perfect for cruising alongside the neon signs. Highlights include a moody Cold War starter, the 1-2 punch of the Branigan siblings and a closing gem from a celebrity actor.

01 David Bowie – When The Wind Blows (When The Wind Blows, 1986)
02 INXS – Do Wot You Do (Pretty In Pink, 1986)
03 Max Carl – The Circle (Weird Science, 1985)
04 Amy Holland – Turn Out The Light (Scarface, 1983)
05 Madonna – Gambler (Vision Quest, 1985)
06 Jeff Lynne – Video (Electric Dreams, 1984)
07 Revolver – Lady In Love (Night Of The Comet, 1984)
08 John Waite – If Anybody Had A Heart (About Last Night, 1986)
09 Marc Tanner – Look What You’ve Done To Me (Heavenly Bodies, 1984)
10 Baxter Robertson – Feel The Night (The Karate Kid, 1984)
11 Nick Gilder – Footsteps (Youngblood, 1986)
12 Laura Branigan – Sharpshooter (Body Rock, 1984)
13 Billy Branigan – Hold On (Jumpin’ Jack Flash, 1986)
14 Dwight Twilley – Why You Wanna Break My Heart? (Body Rock, 1984)
15 Lou Gramm – Lost In The Shadows (The Lost Boys, 1987)
16 David Hallyday – Earth And Air (Lady Beware, 1987)
17 Adrenalin – Road Of The Gypsy (Iron Eagle, 1986)
18 Michael J Fox – You Got No Place To Go (Light Of Day, 1987)

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Part 2 evokes the spirit of home video marathons in darkened living rooms with just the flickering screen and loads of crisps ‘n’ chocolate. Occasionally the tracking will flare up during certain well-worn passages. There’s snotty Brat Pack tunes weaving their magic throughout as John Hughes’ impeccable choices prove their enduring quality. Plus some doom-laden rock for the vampire hunters and some super chunks of energetic synth pop.

01 Ira and The Geeks – Weird Romance (Weird Science, 1985)
02 Alex Brown – Come On Shout (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 1985)
03 Deborah Harry – Rush Rush (Scarface, 1983)
04 Michael Davidson – Turn It Up (Who’s That Girl, 1987)
05 Berlin – Masquerade (Perfect, 1985)
06 Melissa Manchester – Thief Of Hearts (Thief Of Hearts, 1984)
07 Rainey – I Can Fly (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 1985)
08 Wang Chung – Fire In The Twilight (The Breakfast Club, 1985)
09 Mark Safan – Win In The End (Teen Wolf, 1985)
10 Paul Engemann – Brain Power (Summer School, 1987)
11 Elizabeth Daily – Waiting (The Breakfast Club, 1985)
12 Ian Hunter – Good Man In A Bad Time (Fright Night, 1985)
13 Sparks – Armies Of The Night (Fright Night, 1985)
14 The System – Rock ‘n’ Roll Me Again (Beverly Hills Cop, 1984)
15 Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby (She’s Having A Baby, 1988)
16 Thom Pace – Virgin In Love (Night Of The Comet, 1984)
17 The Dream Academy – The Edge Of Forever (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986)
18 Book Of Love – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) (Planes, Trains And Automobiles, 1987)


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Part 3 is all about the beat. Get down to an uplifting mid-80s mix of funk, R&B, hip hop and hot dance grooves with two end of decade selections appearing in the final stretch.

01 Q Feel – Dancing In Heaven (Orbital BeBop) (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, 1985)
02 TKA – One Way Love (Modern Girls, 1986)
03 The Jets – Cross My Broken Heart (Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987)
04 New Edition – Once In A Lifetime Groove (Running Scared, 1986)
05 Carol Lynn Townes – Believe In The Beat (Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, 1984)
06 Bonnie Pointer – The Beast In Me (Heavenly Bodies, 1984)
07 Vanity – 7th Heaven (The Last Dragon, 1985)
08 Nona Hendryx – I Sweat (Going Through The Motions) (Perfect, 1985)
09 Sheila E. – Holly Rock (Krush Groove, 1985)
10 Jermaine Jackson – (Closest Thing To) Perfect (Perfect, 1985)
11 3-V – Heart Of The Beat (Breakin’, 1984)
12 Jesse Johnson – Get To Know Ya (Pretty In Pink, 1986)
13 The Willesden Dodgers – Party (No Sheep Is) (The Jewel Of The Nile, 1985)
14 The N – Earth Girls Are Easy (Earth Girls Are Easy, 1989)
15 Doug E Fresh and The Get Fresh Crew – Spirit (Ghostbusters II, 1989)
16 Arthur Baker – Breaker’s Revenge (Beat Street, 1984)

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Part 4 is best enjoyed as part of road trip during daylight. There’s a variety of interludes: pop, rock and AOR, all meshing together in a form of darkly intensified subbaculture.

01 Olivia Newton-John – Twist Of Fate (Two Of A Kind, 1983)
02 Cheryl Baines – Love And Passion (American Gigolo, 1980)
03 David Hallyday – Flashback (Lady Beware, 1987)
04 Mick Jagger – Ruthless People (Ruthless People, 1986)
05 Corey Hart – Eurasian Eyes (9 1/2 Weeks, 1986)
06 Ann Wilson and Robin Zander – Surrender To Me (Tequila Sunrise, 1988)
07 John Parr and Marilyn Martin – Love Song From Quicksilver (Through The Night) (Quicksilver, 1986)
08 Nancy Wilson – All For Love (Say Anything, 1989)
09 Stevie Nicks – Battle Of The Dragon (American Anthem, 1986)
10 Urgent – Love Can Make You Cry (Iron Eagle, 1986)
11 Gregg Allman – I’ll Be Holding On (Black Rain, 1989)
12 REO Speedwagon – Wherever You’re Goin’ (It’s Alright) (The Goonies, 1985)
13 The Barbusters – This Means War (Light Of Day, 1987)
14 Steve Jones – With You Or Without You (Something Wild, 1986)
15 Diana DeWitt – Hard Act To Follow (Night Of The Comet, 1984)
16 Chris Isaak – Suspicion Of Love (Married To The Mob, 1988)
17 Glen Danzig and The Power & The Fury Orchestra – You And Me (Less Than Zero, 1987)

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1980s teen movies really have the ability to make us feel. They make us want to believe, be inspired, and live vicariously through the stories we see on screen. Our formative years are our most angst-ridden. Part 5 features a selection of tracks from these seminal epics.

01 Adrian Zmed – Little Demon (Bachelor Party, 1984)
02 Flowerpot Men – Beat City (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986)
03 The Fleshtones – American Beat ’84 (Bachelor Party, 1984)
04 Ravyns – Raised On The Radio (Fast Times At Ridgemont High, 1982)
05 Oingo Bongo – Not My Slave (Something Wild, 1986)
06 Gary Myrick & The Figures – She Talks In Stereo (Valley Girl, 1983)
07 Cheap Trick – Reach Out (Heavy Metal, 1981)
08 Boys Brigade – Into The Flow (Heavenly Bodies, 1984)
09 Jesse Johnson & Stephanie Spruill – Heart Too Hot To Hold (The Breakfast Club, 1985)
10 Commuter – Young Hearts (The Karate Kid, 1984)
11 Wang Chung – Hypnotize Me (Inner Space, 1987)
12 Elizabeth Daily – Mind Over Matter (Summer School, 1987)
13 Teena Marie – 14K (The Goonies, 1985)
14 Sparks – Angst In My Pants (Valley Girl, 1983)
15 Jerry Harrison – Man With A Gun (Something Wild, 1986)
16 The Apartments – The Shyest Time (Some Kind Of Wonderful, 1987)
17 Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come And Get It) (She’s Having A Baby, 1988)
18 Mummy Calls – Beauty Has Her Way (The Lost Boys, 1987)
19 The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental) (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986)

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