Welcome 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 frenzy of a ferocious food fight, and the squeal of a wicked sax solo played by a dog wearing sunglasses. This is your Teen Movie Hell mixtape. Crank it carefully—and use it extremely unwisely!
Track 4. Tangerine Dream —”Love on a Real Train” from Risky Business (1983)
The musical moment that everyone and their mothers remember from Risky Business is that Bob Seger rock ‘n’ roll rump-shaker, the one makes Tom Cruise boogie in his skivvies. The sonic inter-lewd that truly makes the movie, however, is this work of wizardry by Teutonic synth sleuths Tangerine Dream.
“Love on a Real Train” gleams like the steel rails on a Chicago elevated train track; the song swells and pulsates and melts in the manner of what Tom Cruise and Rebecca De Mornay do onboard the Pink Line heading toward O’Hare.
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TEEN MOVIE HELL: A Crucible of Coming-of-Age Comedies from Animal House to Zapped!, by Mike “McBeardo” McPadden