Album: Ghostbusters Soundtrack (1984)
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  • 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 melody 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.
  • Martin Page 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 movie. >>
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    Bertrand - Paris, France
  • 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."
  • This was used on Stranger Things in the season 2 episode "Trick Or Treat, Freak." An instrumental version plays while the boys are posing for photos in their Ghostbusters costumes, and the regular version plays during the end credits.

Comments: 19

  • Howard L. from Middletown Twp, PaI thought the kids in the video were members of a (gospel/hip-hop?) band, Newcleus. The wiki article didn't confirm that. Still a minor mystery, if it matters to them after all this time.
  • Siahara Shyne Carter from United StatesThe Orginal Version is the Best! but I also like the Fall out boys version I'm not Afraid I'm not Afraid suddenly Big foot came haha.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaHow was the opening done? Is it a synth or a guitar?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn June 7th 1984, the Columbia Pictures movie "Ghostbusters" had its world premier in Westwood, California; and the next day it opened in theaters across the U.S.A.
    Three days later on June 10th the title song by Ray Parker, Jr. entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #68; and on August 5th it peaked at #1 (for 3 weeks) and spent 17 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 10 of those 17 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
    The song also reached #1 in Canada, Belgium, Spain, France, and South Africa.
  • Esskayess from Dallas, TxOverrated song for an overrated movie.
  • Frank from Los Angeles, CaRay Parker Jr.'s "girlfriend and her friends" that shout the chorus of Ghostbusters might be a young lady named Chapman and her friends. (See my other post)
  • Frank from Los Angeles, CaWhen I was 13 during the second half of 1984 - after Ghostbusters had been released 5-6 months previously, Ray Parker Jr. was dating one of the older daughters in a family called Chapman that went to the same school/church, Our Lady of Lourdes in Tujunga, CA, as my sister and myself. I saw him in the church around 5 times and was so excited! He was the first celebrity I had ever seen in a "non-contrived" environment.
  • Charlie from Tulsa, OkAm I the only one that thinks Ray Parker really ripped off Soul Finger by the Bar-Kays instead of Huey Lewis?
  • Paul from Detroit, MiOkay.. it sounds similar to I Want a New Drug, but that's about it. How many songs sound similar? I think Huey Lewis got lucky winning his suit. I'm glad Ray Parker got him back in the end. Huey was probably pissed because Ray had a smash hit with the song.
  • Kelsey from Rustburg, VaHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! THIS SONG IS SO BAD BUT SO ADDICTIVE!! My bro was obssessed with GhostBusters when he was a little kid (he's 26 now) He had the posters, the action figures, the ghost catching toys and everything! He used to get in so much trouble cuz he had one of those little pack things that fires a cage or something and him and his friend Chris would fire it in the house and say they "caught a ghost" LOL!!
  • Jennifer Harris from Grand Blanc, MiThis was a classic when I was a elementary schooler.
  • Rebekah :) from Knoxville, Tn#1 song the day I was born...
    August 14, 1984.
  • Anne from Dodge City, KsI will never forget my first trip to New York in the summer of 1984 (I was five). We were stuck in traffic and we could hear cars all around with this song blaring on the radio and their windows down. Being caught up in the excitement people in a lot of the cars started yelling ghostbusters. It wasn't long before tons of people were yelling ghostbusters every time Ray asked "Who you gonna call?"
  • Ryan from Marion, IaDoes indeed sound very much like "I Want a New Drug"...
  • Keith from San Anselmo, Ca"Bustin' makes me feel real good!" What a lyric.
  • Windy from Otway, Ohif the Lost Souls off of Doom 3 come callin',who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!
  • Billy from Otway, OhGhostbusters Was My Favorite Movie Ever.Slimer Rocked.Too Bad He Slimed Bill Murray And Was Caught By The Trio. (This Was Before Winston Was A Member)
  • Craig from Madison, WiWhen I was a child I was amazed to hear that this song was written and recorded in an afternoon. Hearing it again recently, I'm not all that surprised.
  • Jonathan from Saratoga Sorings, NyThe same year singer songwriter Larry Melvin wrote and recorded his single "Larry Loose", he wrote and recorded "Larry Busters".
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