Much like Suicide Squad before it, this weekend’s Birds of Prey is using it’s soundtrack as a major promotional tool, with Atlantic Records releasing a new single/music video every Friday last month and the full soundtrack out this Friday with the movie.
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.
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”.
Dan Hartman had massive success with his contribution to the Streets of Fire soundtrack, “I Can Dream About You”, but unfortunately his contribution to the Fletch soundtrack in 1985, “Get Outta Town”, didn’t have the same success.
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.
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.
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.
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.