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Album: Ghostbusters SoundtrackReleased: 1984Charted:
This was the theme song for the movie starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and Sigourney Weaver. The film's director Ivan Reitman insisted that the title of the film be in the song, which made Ray Parker Jr. leery of the assignment. Once he started working on it, Parker wrote it in just a few days.
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 track. They settled out of court and agreed not to talk about the case in public, but in 2001, Lewis 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.
played keyboards on this song, and Brian Fairweather played guitar. The English duo had a group called Q-Feel that got a lot of attention when their song "Dancing In Heaven (Orbital Be-Bop)
" was put in rotation on the Los Angeles radio station KROQ. They had done session work in England, performing on records for the group Tight Fit. When they came to America, they were thrilled to get the call to work on this track, as they were big fans of Ray Parker, Jr. and his group Raydio. Martin Page quickly established himself as a top songwriter, co-writing the #1 hits "We Built This City
" and "These Dreams
When Ghostbusters II
was released in 1989, another contemporary hit was expected for the film's theme song. This time, they didn't insist on having the word "Ghostbusters" in the title, which simplified the task. That song ended up being "On Our Own
," which was recorded by Bobby Brown and written by Babyface, L.A. Reid and Darryl Simmons.
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.
In the 2016 documentary Hired Gun, Ray Parker, Jr. said: "To this day, people ask me, 'Are you tired of hearing people say, who you gonna call?' Well, no! It's like, am I tired of holding the best lotto ticket or the best thing to ever happen? No."
This was used in the 2008 movie Be Kind Rewind
in a scene where the main characters re-create the Ghostbusters
Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott came together to rework the famous theme for the 2016 Ghostbusters movie reboot. Their version was titled "Ghostbusters (I'm Not Afraid)."
According to an interview on Inside Edition, Parker did not approve or contribute to the cover. "I wish they had called me to maybe work with some of the younger guys and help them get a direction," he said.
Parker added, "I'm just gonna say maybe I'm an old guy now and I like it the old way."