Welcome, cable TV, VCR, and drive-in cinema fanatics, to a boombox-blasting, battery-sapping countdown of teen comedy soundtrack cuts assembled by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden, author of TEEN MOVIE HELL: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped! Every note on this masterful mixtape assaults the ears like the snap of a keg tap, the rhythm of a ferocious food fight, and a wicked sax solo played by a dog wearing sunglasses. This is your Teen Movie Hell mixtape. Construct it carefully, and use it extremely unwisely!
Track 2: The Wigs—”Fire” from My Chauffeur (1986)
Striking a bullseye between early-’80s power pop and late-decade hair-metal power ballad, thus saving the producers the trouble of hiring two bands, “Fire” slings savvy melancholy that moves your feet and diddles your cotton candy heartstrings.
The very same year that the Wigs played onscreen in My Chauffeur, frontman Marty Ross departed the Wisconsin combo to costar in the syndicated TV shit-show The New Monkees (a thing that should not have been but actually was). Nobody’s career made it out alive.
Read TEEN MOVIE HELL already!
TEEN MOVIE HELL: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped!, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden