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This was the theme song for the movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. Parker's song was chosen after 60 others were rejected.
Parker had to get pretty creative with this, as writing a song with the word "Ghostbusters" in it is quite challenging. In an interview with George Cole, author of The Last Miles: The Music of Miles Davis, 1980-1991
, Parker said: "It sounds easy now because you've heard the song. But if somebody told you to write a song with the word 'Ghostbusters' in it, it's pretty difficult. That was the hard part - getting the title in the song."
Parker added that he got his girlfriend and her friends to shout the title for the chorus, since he didn't want to sing it. Parker, who was a renowned session musician, played most of the instruments on the track.
Huey Lewis sued Parker for plagiarizing the medley to his song "I Want A New Drug
" on this. They settled out of court and agreed not to talk about the case in public. In 2001, Lewis talked about the case in public when he revealed that Parker paid to settle the suit on an episode of VH1's Behind The Music
. Parker then sued Lewis for violating the terms of their agreement.
The video featured short appearances by a bunch of random celebrities, including George Wendt, Carly Simon, and John Candy.
Bobby Brown did the theme song for Ghostbusters 2. It was called "On Our Own."
This was nominated for an Oscar for Best Song From A Movie. It lost to "I Just Called To Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder.
This was used in the 2008 movie Be Kind Rewind in a scene where the main characters re-create the Ghostbusters movie. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
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