One of the biggest singles in his Grammy-winning R&B career, Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” topped the Billboard charts for weeks, won a Grammy and the music video featured a slew of his famous friends, including Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Forest Whitaker and…Ron Howard?
Amongst all the bizarre aspects of 1991’s Nothing But Trouble, one of the strangest might be the appearance of Digital Underground as themselves, who charm their way out of punishment from the evil (and disgusting) Judge Valkenheiser by performing “Same Song” for him in court.
Produced by Roger Corman, 1979’s Rock n Roll High School was a musical comedy where arguably the biggest Ramones fan Riff Randall tries to meet the Ramones to give them a song she wrote, also called “Rock n Roll High School”, and eventually gets the help of the band to take over her school.
2004’s Garth Merenghi’s Darkplace was full of brilliant and hilariously weird sequences but one of the best occured in the sixth and final episode when the episode turns into an 80s music video for the synth jam “One Track Lover”.
Since he was portraying the frontman of a blues/rock band called The Jack Frost Band, it’s only natural that Michael Keaton would appear on the movie’s soundtrack and there are two songs from the fictional band alongside the likes of Hanson, Lisa Loeb, REO Speedwagon and more.
While Bill Murray’s Frank Cross leads a version of “Put A Little Love in Your Heart” after he’s filled with the Christmas spirit in 1988’s Scrooged, Annie Lennox and Al Green provided the version for the movie’s soundtrack, which spent 17 weeks on the music charts.
Animated by the legendary Chuck Jones, the 1966 version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas has never been topped and Thurl Ravenscroft’s version of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” has been a holiday staple for decades.
As part of the absolute onslaught of promotions for 1990’s Dick Tracy, there was not one, not two, but three different music albums inspired by or related to the film, including a normal soundtrack album, the score by Danny Elfman and Madonna’s I’m Breathless album, featuring “Vogue”.
A frequent contributor to 80s soundtracks, Dan Hartman was featured on the soundtrack for the 1985 aerobics drama(?) Perfect, starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis, with the song “Talking to the Wall”.
With music by the legendary Bond composer John Barry, Ann Wilson of Heart contributed the opening credits song “The Best Man in the World” to 1986’s The Golden Child, starring Eddie Murphy.