The 80s: The Goonies Soundtrack

Goonies posterThe 1980s had its share of good ol’ action/adventure films.  In 1981 we were introduced to the character Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and in 1984 and 1985 Michael Douglas starred in the feature films Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, respectively.  Also in 1985, The Goonies, a feature film about a group of kids and their adventure to find long-lost pirate treasure, hit the screens.  In the film, singer Cyndi Lauper makes a cameo appearance singing the tune “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough,” and as music director, Lauper made sure the film’s soundtrack included some musical treasures as well.  Lauper included the song “I Got Nothing” by The Bangles, who at the time were pretty much unknown.  It would be a year later that the girls would score big with hits like “Walk Like An Egyptian” and the Prince-penned “Manic Monday.”  Singer Phillip Bailey also provided a tune on the soundtrack entitled “Love Is Alive.” No surprise this song was infused with a high-energy, pop sound.  The Earth, Wind and Fire member was already riding high on a year of crossover success, making it to the number two spot on the pop charts with his duet with pop star Phil Collins, “Easy Lover.”  Lady “T,” a.k.a  Teena Marie, was also enjoying crossover success with her hit song “Lovergirl.”  Marie graced the soundtrack with “14K,” a tight little funk/rock tune that was originally available only on the soundtrack, but has recently been added to the reissue of her 1986 album goonies castEmerald City. Rounding out all the up-tempo tunes was none other than the legendary Luther Vandross.  Vandross provided a funky, mid-tempo, mellow grove with “She’s So Good To Me,” yet another tune which at one time was only available on The Goonies soundtrack, but can now be found on The Essential Luther Vandross compilation.

–Montrose Cunningham

Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughters, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.

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