life lessons from: the batman movies

Always pack your Bat Shark Repellant

With The Batman – directed by Matt Reeves and starring Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne/Batman – coming out this week, it’s as good a time as any to consider how much great advice for living a great life can be found in the various other big-screen Batman adventures.

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“Never rub another man’s rhubarb.”

For when you remind everyone in the office that your lunch has your name on it so they need to stop taking it.

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“I’m not wearing hockey pads.”

For when you show up to help a friend move and everyone starts giving you a hard time because they don’t think you have the right equipment and aren’t dressed properly.

“I’m not going to kill you. I want you to do me a favor. I want you to tell all your friends about me.”

For when you need a new, more engaging LinkedIn bio.

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“Now you wanna get nuts? Come on! Let’s get nuts.”

For when you’re meeting your partner’s parents for the first time and there’s even the slightest lull in the conversation.

“Mistletoe can be deadly if you eat it.”

For when…well…you’ll know when.

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“Still… could be worse. My nose could be gushing blood.”

For when you walk out of a pitch meeting that you just know in your gut did not go well.

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“It’s vichyssoise. It’s *supposed* to be cold.”

For when you’re explaining the simplest of ideas to someone who clearly isn’t getting it.

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“What is the point of all those push-ups if you can’t even lift a bloody log?”

For when you’ve been waiting for a return phone call for like two weeks and they finally get back to you.

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“I only work in black…and sometimes very very dark gray.”

For when anyone questions why you wear the same basic outfit each day.

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“Tell me. Do you bleed?”

For when you start a new job and are being introduced to your coworkers for the first time.

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life lessons from the movies: raiders of the lost ark (40th anniversary)

He’s not the man we knew years ago…

That Raiders of the Lost Ark turns 40 this week feels, as an increasing number of such milestones does recently, like a personal attack. It seems impossible that 40 years have passed since I sat in my grandparents’ basement watching Siskey & Ebert review the movie before going to see it myself a few months later when it came to the local second-run theater.

The anniversary has brought with a number of remembrances and retrospectives, chief among them a very good interview with Karen Allen where she not only talks about the movie, its characters and its legacy but also the personal impact the success of the film had on her mental and emotional health.

Among the many aspects of the film that have made it an enduring classic (it’s perfectly structured to be divided into chapters mirroring the film serials that inspired George Lucas), Lawrence Kasden’s script — elevated by Harrison Ford’s desert dry delivery and great performances from Allen and others — contains a good number of important life lessons we could all benefit from remember.

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It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage.

For when your body reminds you you’re a good 10 years older than your brain insists you are and a good 20 years older than how you behave in any public setting, including social media.

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I don’t know. I’m making this up as I go.

For when your boss asks how that content strategy presentation is coming along.

Asps… very dangerous. You go first.

For when pandemic-related closures are coming to an end but it’s been a solid 18 months since you last interacted with anyone outside your immediate family.

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You can’t do this to me, I’m an AMERICAN.

For when the barista gets your latte wrong.


For when you’re asking anyone for literally anything.

Let us hurry. There is nothing to fear here.

For when you throw caution to the wind and decide you’re totally capable of walking from your New York hotel room to the event location without Google Maps.

I take it, I bury it in the sand for a thousand years, it becomes priceless…

For when you’re justifying keeping a childhood memento everyone else thinks is ugly or weird on display in the living room.

I’m your goddamn partner!

For when the wedding is just days away but you haven’t even started writing your vows.

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Uh… there’s a picture of it right here.

For when you insist on showing someone a picture on your camera and you think it’s in one folder but wait it’s not there did I delete it last time I synced my phone with the hard drive but I swear I was looking at it just the other day hold on I’ll find it.

They’re digging in the wrong place!

For when one half of your group leaves early to get there and get things set up but are nowhere to be found when you get to the destination an hour after they should have been there and no one is answering your texts.

Life Lessons From: Defending Your Life

Long coma, Art. Long coma.

To refer to Defending Your Life as one of my favorite movies of all time would be an understatement. Albert Brooks’ script about a man who, after he dies in a car accident, finds himself in a bureaucratic afterlife waystation where he needs to justify his existence to determine if his spirit can “go forward” is as lean and airtight as they come. It ranks right below Much Ado About Nothing as a pure example of how dialogue and character development can move a story forward in lieu of big flashy set pieces or artificial “moments.”

The movie, much to my chagrin, turned 30 earlier this month, prompting retrospectives including this interview with Brooks on how the project developed and how a friendship with Carrie Fisher led to Meryl Streep being cast. If you haven’t seen it or just feel like it’s a good time to rewatch the film (it’s never *not* a good time, btw), it’s currently streaming on HBO Max.

In the meantime, from a script that contains more dryly funny bon mots per pound than nearly any other, here are a handful of quotes you can use in a variety of life situations and circumstances.

(Find more Life Lessons From the Movies here.)

When you use more than 5 percent of your brain, you don’t want to be on earth; believe me.

For when you need to exit a situation – party, job etc – in a hurry but want to leave everyone slightly confused until you have made a clean getaway.

It’s not a car, it’s a battering ram. This is what Patton drove.

For when you request a compact sedan from the car rental place at the airport and they give you keys to a van that could seat 15.

Don’t worry, and don’t kick yourself forever. Just take the opportunities when they come.

For when you realize the half-price Blizzard sale at Dairy Queen ended two days ago but only after you drove there already and ordered one.

Y’know if you really wanna make this place feel like Earth, you should open a few of those mini-malls.

For when you’re sitting in the backyard and really want frozen yogurt but can’t muster the energy to stand upright much less actually go anywhere.

Even though this feels like a trial, it really isn’t. It’s just a process that helps us decide, and as imperfect as it may be, we think it works quite well.

For performance reviews, relationship talks or literally any call with your parents.

Welcome to the Past Lives Pavilion.

For when you make the mistake of looking back at stuff you wrote 10 years ago.

I’m fine.

For when you are absolutely, definitively, unmistakably not fine.

Life Lessons From: National Lampoon’s European Vacation

We’ll be pigs!

It’s not likely many people would call National Lampoon’s European Vacation the best of the Vacation series. Despite solid directing by Amy Heckerling and an all-time great recurring cameo from Eric Idle, the movie was too high concept, trying to horn in a subplot involving international money laundering or something on the story of the Griswalds taking a family vacation around Europe.

Despite this, the movie does have some important life lessons to impart. So, inspired by an HBO Max compilation of travel tips from the film, here are a few of those lessons.

Hey look kids, there’s Big Ben, and there’s Parliament… again.

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For when you keep asking your coworker for clarification but keep getting the same extremely unhelpful response.

Those bells haven’t rung in years.

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For when there’s no way you can explain what’s about to happen but know it’s going to be bad.

Rusty, you don’t want to look like a rooster do you?

For when you are just incredibly confident in how you present yourself to the world and want others to feel likewise.

Clark, why don’t we just forget the “Pig-in-a-Poke” itinerary, and just play it by ear, like normal people?

For when you can no longer manage to operate within the confines of so-called “society” and must break free from all the constraints imposed on you at all costs.

Life Lessons From the Movies: Waiting For Guffman

It’s always 67 degrees with a 40% chance of rain with these important life lessons.

Christopher Guest’s Best In Show has been widely discussed this year, the 20th anniversary of its release. Widely regarded as the best of Guest’s faux-documentaries, BiS is indeed a marvel, featuring some of the finest performances that manage to be both absolutely absurd and also completely grounded.

But if you’re looking for a movie that offers a ton of guidance for how to live your best life and interact with the world around you, Waiting For Guffman is the one to turn to. Released in 1996, this was Guest returning to the format he and Rob Reiner, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer pioneered over a decade prior with This is Spinal Tap. Guffman also introduced us to the cast that would form a kind of troupe, various subsets of which would subsequently return for BiS, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration and most recently Mascots.

Here are just a few of the nuggets from the movie that will definitely help you navigate some of life’s more difficult moments.

For When Your Coworker Declines The Third Proposed Calendar Invite In A Row

And I’ll tell you why I can’t put up with you people, because you’re bastard people. That’s what you are, you’re just bastard people and I’m going home and I’m gonna… I’m gonna bite my pillow is what I’m gonna do!

For When You Finally Get Around to Stating Your Thesis In the Fifth Graf Of Your Post

I dream of Genie with the light brown hair. Floating like a vapor on the soft summer air. LOOK OUT!

For When You Tell Your Boss You Have Lots of Options and Don’t Need to Take This

I’ll always have a place at the Dairy Queen.

For When It’s Finally Time to Present That Big Proposal You’ve Been Working On

It’s opening night, y’all.

For That Moment When Things Are Just About to Get Out of Hand

We need to hitch up our panties and RUN.

For When You’re Filling Out That Self-Assessment

I do indeed have talent.

For When You Close Your Office Door and Crank Steely Dan

For When a Random Coworker Suddenly Sends You a Message on Snapchat

Life Lessons From the Movies: Real Genius

For no particular reason, we turn our attention to just how many life lessons there are to be learned from the 1980s Val Kilmer classic.

If you’re not familiar with Real Genius, you need to get right with God immediately. Directed by Martha Coolidge and starring a young Val Kilmer, the movie is a love letter to geeks before geeks were cool. Valmer plays Chris Knight, a hot shot science prodigy at a prestigious college who has been tasked by his professor to help achieve a breakthrough in laser technology. Knight thinks that’s just for the sake of science, but Prof. Hathaway (William Atherton) has other motivations. Assisting Knight is Mitch Taylor (Gabriel Jarret), who isn’t even old enough to graduate high school but is so gifted he’s been accepted into Hathaway’s advanced program.

Between Coolidge’s direction, Neal Israel’s script and the performances by Kilmer and others, the movie breezes along with an endless string of comedic situations and endlessly quotable dialogue. Some of that dialogue offers important lessons that can help you navigate a few of life’s trickier social moments, such as those below.

For When Your Bestie Doesn’t Like Your “Some Personal News” LinkedIn Update

“It’s a moral imperative.”

For When The Side Hustle Becomes The Main Hustle

“It’s yet another in a long series of diversions in an attempt to avoid responsibility.”

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For When You Remember It’s Time to Backup Your Hard Drive

“Would you prepared if gravity reversed itself?”

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For When You Sigh and Decide to Get Nachos at the Movie Theater

“I hate popcorn! I can’t stand popcorn!”

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For When You Break the News Someone Else Responded To Your Craigslist Ad First

“A girl’s gotta have her standards.”

For When Your Coworkers Wonder How You Get So Much Done

“I never sleep, I don’t know why. I had a roommate and I drove her nuts, I mean really nuts, they had to take her away in an ambulance and everything. But she’s okay now, but she had to transfer to an easier school, but I don’t know if that had anything to do with being my fault. But listen, if you ever need to talk or you need help studying just let me know, ’cause I’m just a couple doors down from you guys and I never sleep, okay?”

In Praise of Bitzer, A Very Good Dog

The animated patron saint of people who would just like to do their job.

You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t find Shaun The Sheep utterly charming. Certainly I would count myself among that number as I consider the show – and its movies – just wonderful. They are gentle, sweet, funny, simple and wholly entertaining in a way not many properties are. It never gets too ambitious but always knows exactly what it is and who it’s made for.

While the title sheep gets much of the attention as the focal point of the action, we need to take a moment and consider just how vital a supporting character is to what happens in each episode and how much he has to offer each story.

We Gather Together to Celebrate Bitzer

It may seem at first as if Bitzer, the canine companion of The Farmer, is the antagonist in the world of Shaun The Sheep. He is, after all, the one responsible for making sure the sheep and other animals on the farm are doing what they’re supposed to and not getting into trouble. So he is often doing his best to wrangle the sheep away from whatever shenanigans they’re involved in, whether it’s hanging out with aliens to accidentally starting a pizza delivery service.

But Bitzer is, in this reading, profoundly misunderstood.

He has been given a job – or jobs – by The Farmer. Sometimes that involves herding the sheep for a bath. Sometimes it involves remodeling the barn on the property. Many of these are jobs one wouldn’t expect a dog, even one as anthropomorphized as Bitzer – to be able to perform.

Yet in each case, no matter how crazy the request might be, Bitzer gets to it. He paints, he builds, he signs for packages. He does it all.

More than anything else, though, he relies on his trusty clipboard. It is his foundation, the focal point of all he has in front of him. Checking things off his To Do List on that clipboard is seemingly what brings Bitzer the most joy as he feels the satisfaction of a job done, and done well.

In this way he is among the most relatable characters in popular fiction.

Bitzer just wants to do his job and go home at the end of the day. He would like the approval of his boss. He wants to check his responsibilities off his list and insure everything is lined up as it should with a minimum of hassle.

If that’s not something we can all get behind, I’m not sure what is. How many of us just want the workplace hijinks to calm down so we can get our job done? How many of us just want a single day to be simple and easy instead of filled with terrifying circumstances involving having to dodge the boss, cover up for our less-disciplined coworkers, and do twice as much work as necessary because Carl over there decided to take everyone out for “brainstorming” coffee 30 minutes before the presentation was due?

What’s even more amazing about Bitzer is that while he may growl and make liberal use of his whistle to get the sheep, pigs and chickens back in line he never really works against the others on the farm. Shaun and the others aren’t trying to get Bitzer in trouble, nor are they working actively against him. It’s just that sometimes they’re version of what needs to be done doesn’t jibe with his.

It’s not an antagonistic relationship on the farm, then, just one of competing priorities. And while Bitzer may sometimes seem like the heavy, he shouldn’t be judged solely on his role as the enforcer of the rules. He’s just a very good dog trying to do a very good job who deserves to be praised.

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Nine Life Lessons From John Candy

It’s been 25 years since we lost the incredible comedic – and dramatic – talent that was John Candy. His loss a quarter century ago sent shockwaves through the entertainment world that are still being felt as no one since has brought his unique mix of bravado and heart to the screen quite like he did.

To mark the occasion, here are nine moments where Candy’s character in a variety of movies offered life lessons and advice that are valuable to everyone in addition to being some combination of incredibly hilarious and ridiculously heart-wrenching.

“Orange whip? Orange whip? Three orange whips.” (Blues Brothers)

If you don’t suggest an orange whip when you sit down at a restaurant table I’m not sure I ever want to go out with you.

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“Well sir, we were going to this bingo parlor at the YMCA, well one thing led to another, and the instructions got all fouled up…” (Stripes)

Always have a backup story when things start to go south and you know someone’s going to ask about it.

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“Sorry folks, park’s closed. Moose out front shoulda told ya.” (Vacation)

Never take responsibility for a decision you had no part in making. Always throw the moose under the bus.

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“They published my letter. Here it is, “A lesbian no more”. They published my letter.” (Splash)

Feel good about your writing successes and don’t apologize for a voice that’s authentically yours.

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“Ooo, he touched me! I got my Christmas goose early!” (Armed and Dangerous”

This is just a funny line that doesn’t get talked about enough.

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“Funny, she doesn’t look Druish.” (Spaceballs)

Good reminder to never judge a book by its cover.

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“I’ve never seen a guy get picked up by his testicles before.” (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

Give credit where it’s due and always take the time to tell someone how much you appreciate what they’ve added to your life.

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“A lot of people hate this hat. It angers a lot of people, just the sight of it. Ah, I’ll tell you a story about that on the way to school.” (Uncle Buck)

Own the things that make you unique without apology or compromise.

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“Gentlemen, a bobsled is a simple thing.” (Cool Runnings)

Don’t overthink your problems, just approach one thing at a time.

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Your Definitive List of Movie Soundtrack “Title” Songs

From “Ghostbusters” to “Batdance” to “Back in Time” and more, this is your definitive list of songs sharing a name or lyrics with the movie they’re featured in.

As I will tell anyone who sits still long enough, I’m an unabashed fan of Huey Lewis & The News and have been since 1984. 30 years later and it still doesn’t get a whole lot better for me than “Power of Love,” “Some of My Lies Are True,” “Small World” and the rest of their catalog, which I binge-listen to roughly once a month.

When I do so I tend to stick to my iTunes playlist and not Spotify, largely because the streaming service is missing a good chunk of the band’s work. Notably absent are the 1994 album of blues and soul covers Four Score…and Several Years Ago, a 1997 best of collection with four original songs on it and 2001’s Plan B.

Also missing is the band’s contribution to the Pineapple Express soundtrack. When the filmmakers behind the 2008 comedy were promoting the movie they talked on at least a few occasions about one decision they had made regarding the film’s soundtrack: They wanted a song that would include the title, with lyrics that loosely spoke to the movie’s story. And they got the perfect band to do just that because they were one of the biggest bands to do just that on a couple occasions in the 1980s.

That got me thinking about these kinds of songs and I decided to dig into some research and put together what I felt was a definitive list of songs that either A) Are actually named after the movie they appear within or B) At least name-drop the movie they’re featured in. Note that I’m focusing on more current (if you expand that definition to stretch back to the early 1980s) pop and rock music and so am not including all the James Bond theme songs or those by artists like Frank Sinatra or Barbara Streisand for movies they starred in. Those are huge caveats, but without them the list would have been unwieldy.

Things came further into focus when, last week, Eminem dropped a surprise new album that contained “Venom,” a song for the upcoming Sony movie of the same name. It’s…certainly a thing. But it’s the latest example of a song that shares a title with the movie it’s featured in.

Let’s dig in. You can listen to all these songs, with a couple exceptions, in this Spotify playlist.

“Back In Time” / Back to the Future / Huey Lewis & The News

“Power of Love” was the bigger hit, I know. It appears no fewer than three times in the movie and is one of my favorite HLN songs. Bill Gibson’s hi-hat work during the guitar solo is the kind of thing doctoral theses should be written about. But “Back In Time” is no less catchy and, it could be argued, should have been the lead song the movie is known by. The lyrics are much more tied to the movie’s story with references to how lightning never strikes twice, just wanting to play guitar and sing, not being late again and more. *This* is the song that’s actually about the movie and deserves a lot of recognition.

“St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” / St. Elmo’s Fire / John Parr

If you, regardless of age, haven’t at least once in your life heard this song come on the radio and turned up the volume while rolling down the window I’m not sure we can be friends. It’s corny, but damn if it’s not inspirational. The lyrics about seizing your moment and coming into your own are perfect for the movie’s story about figuring out that it’s finally time to be a grownup and make something of yourself, even if the title is shoehorned in somewhat awkwardly at times, like there was a quota to fill.

Men in Black – “Men in Black” (Will Smith)

This may as well be positioned as coming from Smith’s Agent J in the movie for the perspective it takes on telling the story of humanity’s first and last line of defense against aliens. Bonus points for dropping in a reference to the “noisy cricket.”

“Footloose” / Footloose / Kenny Loggins

When you think about 1980s soundtrack songs, this is the one that probably comes to mind most easily. The lyrics of the song have almost nothing to do with the story of the movie but do sort of capture the general spirit of rebellion. “You gotta cut loose,” after all. It’s got one of the catchier hooks of the songs listed here, even if it also has the kind of weird tonal and rhythmic transitions that are in a number of Loggins’ songs.

Ghostbusters – “Ghostbusters” (Ray Parker Jr.)

Talk about catchy hooks. The story of how this song came about is told by Parker Jr. in the documentary Hired Guns (streaming on Netflix and well worth your time), including how he wrote it without having anything but the barest of plot points to base the lyrics off of. Untold in that recounting is the lawsuit he faced from Huey Lewis because of its similarities to “I Want a New Drug,” which Lewis is apparently ordered to never mention himself. Still, this is such a good song that not even the criminally bad covers featured on the soundtrack for 2016’s Ghostbusters can tarnish its legacy.

Oliver & Company – “Once Upon a Time in New York City” (Huey Lewis)

When the chorus kicks in the connection to the Disney movie this song is featured in becomes clear. All the advice and guidance is directed at Oliver, who’s encouraged to go for it and begin writing his remarkable story, something that’s only possible in a city like New York. Lewis is about as New York in attitude as a surfboard, but he captures the theatrical tone of the story, which helps sell it.

The Wrestler – “The Wrestler” (Bruce Springsteen)

There are no overt references to the character played by Mickey Rourke in the movie of the same name but the whole song is about him and people like him. It’s about the kind of athlete or performer who sacrifices everything they have to entertain the crowd. Springsteen has paid homage to Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck and others many times in his career, but this is his own version of Tom Joad “…I’ll be there” speech, capturing a universal archetype that can be found everywhere.

Young Guns II – “Blaze of Glory” (Jon Bon Jovi)

I’m just saying that if we’re in a car and you don’t scream “I’m a young gun!” at the top of your lungs with me, there’s a good chance it will be the last time I offer a ride to you or accept a ride from you because we all have to have standards, Carl. Bon Jovi has always had a fascination with cowboys and Westerns so he was a natural for the soundtrack to this sequel, and the presence of some great session musicians helps set it apart from the rest of his work with his core band.

Caddyshack II – “Nobody’s Fool” (Kenny Loggins)

You may be wondering why this song makes the list and “I’m Alright” from the first – and vastly superior in every way – Caddyshack doesn’t. The answer is simply that this one (which ironically is better than the first tune) actually references the story. Loggins manages to work in lines like “back to the shack” and you have have to “learn to be the ball,” nods that are missing from the earlier song. Don’t watch the movie, but let’s appreciate the power of late-80s pop rock.

Cat People – “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” (David Bowie)

I don’t think there’s a ton of connective material between the song and the movie it’s featured in, but it still qualifies and is a great Bowie tune, so it needed to be included here.

Purple Rain – “Purple Rain” (Prince)

The song plays a pivotal role in the arc of the story in the movie and hang on the guitar solo just kicked in so please move on with the rest of the list.

The Graduate – “Mrs. Robinson” (Simon & Garfunkel)

There’s no explanation necessary here, right? The whole song is about appreciating and celebrating Mrs. Robinson for all she is and all she does, something I’m sure Ben Braddock would echo all these sentiments.

Ghostbusters II – “On Our Own” (Bobby Brown)

“We call the Ghostbusters and we’re in control.” Bobby Brown’s legacy has been tarnished in recent years due to personal issues, but he will forever be the artist with the second-greatest song on a Ghostbusters soundtrack. His tune here serves the same purpose within the movie as “Cleaning Up the Town” does in the first, but it includes mentions of Vigo and other plot elements as well, making it a shoe-in for this list.

Weird Science – “Weird Science” (Oingo Boingo)

The whole song, created by one of the most off-kilter New Wave bands of the 80s, is filled with lyrics about building something out of “magic and technology” and other odds and ends. A few lines specifically mention creating a beauty from a magazine and such but in general it’s more about capturing the spirit of the story about experimenting and pushing the edges of what’s possible.

Nine to Five – “Nine to Five” (Dolly Parton)

Dolly Parton has told a lot of great stories in her musical career but here she offered one of her finest, singing an anthem for all those members of the secretarial pool – at the time still a place of blatant, unrepented sexism and sexual harassment – and taking back some of the power while doing so. It’s a crossover success for her that still carries a lot of weight. With a planned remake/sequel in the works, here’s hoping Dolly comes back to update this classic and that the studio doesn’t try to farm a cover version out to someone more “current.”

Who’s That Girl – “Who’s That Girl” (Madonna)

Madonna created a lot of songs for the movies she starred in, but none hit the nail quite as cleanly on the head as this one. It’s not exactly about the characters or story from the movie but the fact that it shares its title made it an easy tie-in.

Batman – “Batdance” (Prince)

The whole soundtrack created by Prince for 1989’s Batman is filled with songs that not only reference specific plot points from the movie but often include snippets of dialogue as well. They all come crashing together here, in the song that closes the album and acts as a mashup of everything that’s come before. It’s perfect.

The Crying Game – “The Crying Game” (Boy George)

Unless I’m mistaken this is the only cover song on the list, so it’s not one written specifically for the movie, meaning it doesn’t include clear references to the story. However, Boy George’s gender-fluid persona brought out the mysterious elements of the lyrics that wound up being appropriate regardless.

Wild Wild West – “Wild Wild West” (Will Smith)

It’s objectively the inferior of the two Smith songs on this list, but it’s so full of references to Jim West, six-shooters and everything else about the movie and the setting it takes place in that it’s still fun and catchy in its own right.

The Woman in Red – “The Woman in Red” (Stevie Wonder)

You have to kind of squint if you want to make this one tie cleanly into the movie. The lyrics about a beautiful woman kind of fit, but they’re also so generic they could go with most movies about someone’s longing for a woman from afar. You can’t go wrong with most Stevie Wonder, but this one comes off as kind of generic.

Against All Odds – “Against All Odds (Phil Collins)

No, there’s no actual reference to the movie or its story or character in the song, but you have to admire Collins for just going for it and blatantly crafting a song featuring the movie’s title to get on the soundtrack.

To Live and Die in L.A. – “To Live and Die in L.A.” (Wang Chung)

Yes, Wang Chung has more than just that one song. This offering to the soundtrack of the movie of the same name has lots of lines about how steamy LA is and more, but doesn’t seem to actually reference much of the story explicitly. It’s also not particularly catchy, but what are you going to do?

What did I miss? Which ones are your favorites?

The Record Player Will Take You Three Hours and Four Beers to Build

There’s no movie industry connection to the news that IKEA will begin selling its own record players as part of a new selection of music-related items. It does allow me, though, to share one of my favorite clips from A Mighty Wind because 100% if IKEA sold records you’d have to punch your own hole in them.