Posts by Nick Spacek

From the Stereo to Your Screen: The Ramones and Pet Sematary

  “Pet Sematary” by the Ramones from Pet Sematary It’s only taken half a dozen videos and a couple of months, but here we are finally marrying punk rock and movies in this column. Granted, late ‘80s Ramones is probably about as punk as a Clash t-shirt you bought at Urban Outfitters, but we do what we can. “Pet Sematary” was written for the movie adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name — which I didn’t even know until I started watching the video for this column. It’s weird to think that the Ramones — punk rock progenitors
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Bobby Brown and Ghostbusters II

“On Our Own” by Bobby Brown from Ghostbusters II     The video for Bobby Brown’s “On Our Own” is a textbook case of how music videos from films sometimes use the slimmest of connections in order to sell a movie. Watching the video, it seems like the director shot two different ideas for the song — one for the song before it was attached to the film, and the other afterward — and then stitched them together as best he could. Visually, it’s a far cry from Ray Parker Jr.’s “Ghostbusters,” from the first film, which featured all four Ghostbusters,
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: Oingo Boingo and Weird Science

“Weird Science” by Oingo Boingo from Weird Science       It only seems natural that Danny Elfman would end up doing film scores, given the number of times his Los Angeles psychotic cabaret act, Oingo Boingo, had their music appear in films during the ‘80s. Their appearance in Back to School doing “Dead Man’s Party” is one of that movie’s more iconic scenes, and they’re all over the soundtrack to 1984’s Bachelor Party, also appearing in the film itself. However, it’s the title track for the 1985 sci-fi comedy, Weird Science, with which I identify the band cinematically. The
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: AC/DC and Last Action Hero

“Big Gun” by AC/DC from Last Action Hero Last Action Hero has received the occasional “why it’s actually good” revisit over the last few years – most notably in a 2013 AV Club piece – and honestly, the film does have its moments. One could argue that it heralded the eventual transformation of Arnold Schwarzenegger from top action star to less-than to political figure, given that the movie was supposed to be huge, and ended up losing something like $26 million. Hell, Last Action Hero bombed so hard, people were baffled at how good and successful the following year’s True Lies
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: MC HAMMER AND THE ADDAMS FAMILY

Addams Groove by MC Hammer from The Addams Family The brightest stars burn briefest, as the saying goes. MC Hammer’s Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em and Too Legit to Quit were released back-to-back in 1990 and 1991, and by the time The Funky Headhunter dropped three years later, hip-hop had moved from the pop-friendly jams of Hammer, Young MC, and Vanilla Ice to the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Tupac. In the brief period where MC Hammer sold millions of records, he was tapped to record an original song to promote The Addams Family. His song for that
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From the Stereo to Your Screen: SOUL ASYLUM’s Can’t Even Tell from Clerks

SOUL ASYLUM’s Can’t Even Tell from Clerks   “You know what the problem with music videos is? They never address the problems of the common man.” I love the irony inherent in Jeff Anderson as Randall talking about the common man and meta-commentary on music videos while actually starring in a music video himself. It’s an idea furthered by the fact that while Dave Pirner and the rest of Soul Asylum are in the video, they don’t actually do any musical performing. The Minnesotans play hockey on the roof of the Quik Stop and RST Video, recreating a scene from
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