For his one and only time directing a movie, Stephen King got his favorite band, AC/DC to provide the soundtrack for Maximum Overdrive. The band put out Who Made Who, a new album with some classic tracks along with new ones like the title track that functions as the movie’s soundtrack album.
Bryan Ferry contributed “Kiss and Tell” to the soundtrack for 1988’s Bright Lights, Big City, which featured a darker and more serious turn for Michael J Fox as he played a fact-checker at a big magazine in New York City that spirals into drug and alcohol abuse after a number of personal and professional setbacks, including the death of his mother to cancer.
For Speed 2: Cruise Control, director Jan De Bont wanted the soundtrack full of reggae and Caribbean inspired music to go along with the tropical cruise setting of the movie, which included UK reggae group UB40 performing a cover of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”, which became one of the biggest hits of 1997.
The Real Ghostbusters, of course, used various spins on Ray Parker Jr’s “Ghostbusters” but each episode, at least for the first season, featured an original song performed by the duo Tahiti and a soundtrack album of those songs was released in 1986.
You would probably expect something more punk for a late 80s/early 90s skateboarding classic like Gleaming the Cube but instead, the main song from the soundtrack was “Brother to Brother” from Fleetwood Mac member Billy Burnette.
1988’s Buster is one of those movies where the soundtrack is more culturally relevant than the film as massive 80s hits like “Two Hearts” and “A Groovy Kind of Love” from the film’s star, Phil Collins and “Loco in Aculpalco” from The Four Tops exceeded the success of the movie they were featured in.
Patrick Swayze’s most remembered musical contribution is “She’s Like the Wind” from Dirty Dancing but he also contributed two songs to the Road House soundtrack, including “Raising Heaven (In Hell Tonight)” in 1989.