All 25 Songs from the Take Me Home Tonight Soundtrack
So this one took a while to post, but I’ve been interested in seeing Take Me Home Tonight for quite some time, primarily because the song Take Me Home Tonight is one of my favorites from the eighties. I finally got around to watching the movie tonight and scratching out some notes about the soundtrack. Ironically enough, the title song isn’t even featured in the movie.
There are 25 other songs from the eighties that are in the movie Take Me Home Tonight, so it’s not a total loss. A handful of the songs – in fact, most of them that the soundtrack producers put onto the album they released, are typical eighties songs that you could find on just about any eighties compilation mix. These include Come on Eileen, Video Killed the Radio Star, Everybody Have Fun Tonight and Hungry Like the Wolf. These are all good songs, but don’t really stretch the imagination very much. Thankfully, the songs from the movie get a little more creative than this standard fare. Richard Blade might not embrace the whole album but at least he give a good listen to half of it.
The best songs in the movie are Ship of Fools by World Party, Der Komissar by After the Fire, Situation by Yaz and Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) by Book of Love. All three are great songs that get slightly less rotation in the eighties lexicon. I’d also throw Jet Fighter and The Fanatic on that list as well.
As a child of the eighties, I knew all of the songs except for one which I didn’t remember right off the bat: Doot-Doot by Freur. It plays when they are on the trampoline. As soon as it got to the chorus – “We go doot-doot” – I recognized it, but it took quite a bit to get there. A little bit of digging into memory banks and Wikipedia ranks, and I discovered that the song was also used in the movies Valley Girl and Vanilla Sky. Definitely super fitting for the freaky bits of the latter. But even more interesting, the duo that comprised Freur later formed Underworld of Born Slippy/Trainspotting fame. The album they released a year before Trainspotting, dubnobasswithmyheadman, is still one of the best of the early 90s.
The soundtrack album for Take Me Home Tonight has about half of the songs from the movie on it, but it is missing some of the choicest ones. Plus, you can’t download them individually even from the MP3 album. Thankfully to the wonders of modern digital music and the power of search, you can find the individual songs standing on their own.
Here’s the complete list of 25 songs from the movie, with notes on the scenes they were in and links to the individual downloads. I hope you enjoy.
- Opening scene at the record store – Video Killed The Radio Star – The Buggles
- Opening credits – Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran
- (Unknown scene) – Situation – Yaz
- Barry quits the car dealership – The Fanatic – Felony
- Wendy opens letter from Cambridge – Walking in L.A. – Missing Persons
- Looking at yearbook – Der Kommissar – After the Fire
- Guys wrestling before party / girl in tanning bed – Kickstart My Heart – Motley Crue
- Stealing car / singing in the car – Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A.
- Walk into the party – Let’s Go All the Way – Sly Fox
- Tori walks down the stairs – Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes
- Barry dancing – Safety Dance – Men Without Hats
- Guy playing the guitar – Oh Sherrie – Bill Cuomo, Steve Perry, Randy Goodrum, Craig Krampf [link to original song performed by Steve Perry]
- Dance off – What You Need – INXS
- Matt dances with Tori – Everybody Have Fun Tonight – Wang Chung
- Wendy’s boyfriend asks her to marry her – Come on Eileen – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
- Random blonde girl talks to him about going to NYC – Jeopardy – Greg Kihn
- Matt driving the car with Tori – Let My Love Open The Door (E. Cola Mix) – Pete Townshend
- Redhead comes up to Barry at Beverly Hills party – Warm Leatherette – Grace Jones
- Matt and Tori on the Trampoline – Doot-Doot – Freur
- Matt and Tori kiss – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) – Book of Love
- Tells friend he slept with the girl – Ship of Fools – World Party
- Goes back to the party – Jet Fighter – The Three O’Clock
- Rode the ball – Alrock’s Bells – Yo La Tengo
- Matt kisses Tori at the car, dad finds ball in pool, end credits – Live Is Life – Opus
- End credits – Don’t You Want Me – Atomic Tom
- Original score – Original music for Take Me Home Tonight – Trevor Horn
The most ridiculously, secretly popular song of the movie is Live is Life by Opus to the tune of 15 million views on YouTube:
Here’s World Party singing Ship of Fools live sometime way back when:
Here’s The Fanatic by Felony, which became a hit on KROQ at the time:
This song speaks the truth – Walking in L.A. by Missing Persons: