Sure, she may have been up against only two other nominees in the Best Original Song category that year, but resident Working Girl composer Carly Simon took home the gold for her triumphant, Graceland-y, percussive-as-all-get-out anthem "Let the River Run." Her striped, scrunched jumper at the ceremony (pictured above) is the new Jerusalem, wouldn't you say?
God, I love Carly. And I love that her victory for "Let the River Run" redeemed Dolly Parton's 1980 loss for "9 to 5," which is definitely the greatest movie song about the working girl's world evaaaaar. Funny enough, I don't think "Let the River Run" is Carly's greatest '80s moment. That honor should go to "Tired of Being Blonde," a bossy-ass tune whose video is directed by -- wait for it! -- Jeremy Irons. You better watch this. But remember to come back and let the river re-run.
I agree with a lot of what he says but enjoyed reading all of it. I'm referring to the full essay and not just the excerpt above. Finest 80s moment? For me it will always be "Jesse." Ooooooooohhhhhhh mother say a prayer for me . . . Jesse's back in town . . . It won't be easy.
I do love "Tired of Being Blonde." Though less so the version I have on the CD. The extended mix? It's not that it goes on too long, it's that it's missing the interlay from the remix in the last minute. (By Arthur Baker, I think.) I also love "My New Boyfriend" and "Come Back Home" and "Make Me Feel Something," hell, I love that whole album. There are times when Ava, C.I., Wally and I are in the car driving an hour or so to some speaking gig and we'll sing pretty much the whole album. (Pretty much? We've never sung "Interview.") Wally or C.I. will grab the guitar if it's with us and strum along, otherwise we'll just vocalize.
Spoiled Girl, the album that's from, sold horribly. I think that's why Carly's so soured on the album. She treats it almost as bad as Stevie Nicks does "Sometimes It's A Bitch." That song was played like crazy on rock radio and made it to number 56 when "bitch" was frequently bleeped out on the radio. But it's nowhere to be found on Stevie's 3-disc set Enchanted. By the same token, Carly largely ignored Spoiled Girl with her Clouds In My Coffee 3-disc boxed set. (Although Carly had a lot more to cover with her boxed set. Stevie was covering 5 albums and unreleased tracks. Carly was covering unreleased tracks and over 14 albums.)
But back to the movie. I agree that Melanie Griffith never got the credit for it she deserved, even now. She really was something in that movie. I would rank it, Nobody's Fool, Milk Money, Something Wild, Body Double and Smile as her best films. Anyway, read the AfterElton post because it's really something.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"