May 17, 2011

Something Wonderful: "Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young"

Smoking! From the strange and brooding Streets of Fire , a film that improves with age like a surprising vintage of blood-dark wine. Arguably, when all the components are taken into account, this cut (Fire, Inc) is the best music video from the era of the big hair. Perhaps the best music video ever to date. Up to you. But I am sure you'll agree that when American pop pulls it all together, lays it all out, and smacks it down in the groove, there's no other country that can do touch us. Not even close. If we fall, the groove falls.

Posted by Vanderleun at May 17, 2011 1:33 PM
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Oh dear. I usually agree with you, but that is really awful.

Posted by: pbird at May 17, 2011 1:56 PM

Wonderful indeed! The words may be kind of hokey, but the music and production are great. And, the movie does indeed improve with time.

Posted by: Suds46 at May 17, 2011 2:38 PM

Always liked that strange little movie. My favorite music in it is from "The Blasters"

Posted by: Don Rodrigo at May 17, 2011 2:55 PM

Just saw the truly dreadful musical "Rock of Ages" this weekend. Didn't hold a candle to Streets of Fire, arguably the pinnacle of rock movies and video. Of course, I like almost anything with Diane Lane in it...

Posted by: Mike Anderson at May 17, 2011 4:01 PM

Quintessential Americana - bitchin' custom cars, great women everywhere. and blood boiling music.

...ah, to live like that.

Posted by: leelu at May 17, 2011 4:25 PM

I haven't seen Streets of Fire, but I did see Festival Express - (2003. Directors: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich Stars: Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and The Band) I'm no rock fan, but that was an excellent movie.

Posted by: Jewel at May 17, 2011 5:14 PM

I've never heard of the movie or this song, but thank you for introducing it to me. I like it. I especially like the clarity of the singer. I don't think the words are corny. I know just what it feels like to have the feeling of being 16 and in love again for the first time, even if it is only a one night fantasy.

I do find the 2nd half of the music to be a little frantic. I think I'm past the age of enjoying frantic music, but the beginning makes it worth it.

Posted by: Sara (Pal2Pal) at May 17, 2011 5:35 PM

Bought this as a 45 rpm single back in, oh, 1986 or 1987, back when I was young and foolish. It's disappeared since then, but thank you for reminding me how much I liked it.

Posted by: PrincessofSwords at May 17, 2011 6:15 PM

That was the closing scene of the movie. You should put up a link, if you have a good one, to the opening scene. "Going Nowhere Fast" by mostly the same performers. The part where Willem Defoe and his gang show up, especially when Defoe's face get's lit up and he orders the attack is electric. One of the best villains ever! But, then, I've always been a sucker for a lot of Jim Steinman's music.

Posted by: Suds46 at May 17, 2011 7:27 PM

Diane Lane. Woof.

Posted by: ahem at May 17, 2011 8:46 PM

Great song, Gerard. I also like the Rock-a-billy songs that came along with the movie/soundtrack.

I have the CD. :)

Its a shame that we have become so jaded that songs such as these are either hokey or cliche or supposedly unrealistically naive. But then, Hollyweird today now makes movies of such extreme violence and gore that I feel like I just finished working on an after-crime scene report for the police. No thanks - I'd rather be paid real money than see alot of the crap out there today that'll whiplash me with a lingering PTSD.

Yep. The earlier 'hokey' movies are for me such as this one.

Good old fashion fun.

Posted by: cond0010 at May 18, 2011 3:53 AM

I am reminded strongly of Meatloaf's "Bat out of Hell."

Posted by: bob sykes at May 18, 2011 4:49 AM

The songwriter for 'Meatloaf' also did this song, Bob.

Posted by: cond0010 at May 18, 2011 4:54 AM