Monday, September 12, 2011

Kenny Loggins, Meet Movie Soundtracks

Most musicians don't stay up in their bedrooms late at night playing air guitar, dreaming that one day, if they're lucky, they could write hits for movie soundtracks. Kenny Loggins, however, is not your ordinary musician.

So country rock wasn't good enough for him, and then mildly soulful soft rock wasn't good enough for him? I'm afraid Kenny Loggins was a restless spirit who would never be satisfied.

"I'm Alright," his initial foray into the world of cinema, appeared on the soundtrack to Caddyshack, a movie I have not actually seen. It seems to be praised by people whose taste in movies I generally do not respect, but perhaps one day I will give it a viewing.

Nor have I seen Footloose, the Kevin Bacon film to which Loggins provided the smash title track. The undisputed highlight of this song can be heard at the 2:44 mark.

And yet, somehow I have seen Sylvester Stallone's Over The Top, or at least parts of it on TV. Children, do not play with this '80s movie at home.


Herr Zrbo said...

I know all three of those songs quite well, yet I realize that I too have never seen any of those films.

Little Earl said...

Precisely, because they probably all stink. Well, the All Movie Guide does give Caddyshack 3 1/2 stars. Funny how all the music from these mostly forgettable '80s films has proven so memorable.

Maybe we should have a Kenny Loggins Shitty '80s Soundtrack Movie Night. Although, from what I remember of Over The Top, I wouldn't say you're missing much. Wikipedia sums it up best: "The main character, played by Stallone, is a long-haul truck driver who tries to win back his alienated son while becoming a champion arm wrestler."

Yes, an action movie...about arm wrestling.