Closing out the bloody and ridiculous carnage of Maniac Cop 2, composer Jay Chattaway and Peter Levin delivered the wonderfully cheesy “Maniac Cop Rap” over the end credits, which basically goes over the entire premise of the series with funky beats and ridiculous rhymes.
At the peak of Disco madness, horror legend Vincent Price lent his distinctive voice to a new, funky version of “Monster Mash”, which was also featured a few years later in the 1981 Vincent Price movie, The Monster Club.
Foreigner lead singer Lou Gramm, while split from the group in 1991, contributed probably the only good thing about Highlander II: The Quickening, its rocking end credits song “One Dream”.
Swedish pop duo Roxette was riding high on a string of late 80s hits and got another to start the next decade with 1990’s “It Must Have Been Love” from the Pretty Woman soundtrack.
A member of 80s group Animotion, Astrid Plane appeared in the wonderfully cheesy Martin Kove action movie Steele Justice as the set of her music video for her song “You’re Not a Lover” becomes the scene of a massive shootout.
After two songs from Will Smith, Men in Black 3 turned the reigns over to Mr. Worldwide himself, Pitbull, for the song “Back in Time”, which was less a MIB song and more a typical Pitbull song with some random MIB references thrown in.
The end credits song for 1979’s The Warriors, Joe Walsh’s “In the City” appeared on the soundtrack for the movie and was also re-recorded by the Eagles, of which Walsh was one of the guitarists.
Outside of Mark Mancina’s memorable and propulsive score for 1994’s Speed, the other music tie-ins are not well known at best and forgotten at worst, like a title track off the soundtrack album from none other than Billy Idol.
Like a few of his fellow Avengers, Jeremy Renner has been dabbling in music as well as acting for years and his latest single, “Main Attraction” dropped in July this year, with a music video to go along with it.
Created at the request of director Spike Lee for 1989’s Do the Right Thing, Public Enemy crafted “Fight the Power”, which has become their most popular and well-known song.