15 things you might not know about the Ghostbusters theme song

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For 32 years, almost everyone has learned the answer to the age-old question: "Who you gonna call?" The iconic theme song for the 1984 film Ghostbusters was written and performed by Detroit artist Ray Parker Jr., and has undoubtedly become his biggest hit. The menacing, upbeat number took on a life of its own after the release of the movie, and lines from the track, including "I ain't afraid of no ghosts," have found a permanent place in pop culture history — including references in American Dad and Anchorman 2 .

A new Ghostbusters film, starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, will hit theatres tomorrow and while that film boasts its own new version of the theme song , we wanted to take a look back at the original. Here are 15 facts about Ray Parker Jr.'s original Ghostbusters theme.

1. The song was a number 1 hit

Two months after the release of the film, "Ghostbusters" reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 11, 1984. It stayed at the top of the chart for three weeks.

2. Lindsey Buckingham almost wrote the theme

Rumour has it that the Fleetwood Mac singer and guitarist was approached to write the theme, but he passed on it. Buckingham didn't want to be pegged as a soundtrack artist as he had already written a song for National Lampoon's Vacation the year before.

3. Parker Jr. was 'sort of retired' when he was approached to write this song

Before Ghostbusters , Parker Jr. made a name for himself with a number of hits including " The Other Woman " and " I Still Can't Get Over Loving You " but he had, according to his interview with HLN (below), "sort of retired because my parents had gotten sick." But, he later went to Los Angeles to work with New Edition on the band's song "Mr. Telephone Man" and it was there that Parker Jr. was approached by a friend at Columbia Pictures to write for the Ghostbusters soundtrack.

4. Clive Davis didn't want Parker Jr. to write the theme song

Davis, the founder of Arista Records, was not crazy about the idea of having his artist write the theme song for a film about ghosts. In an interview with Screen Crush , Parker Jr. revealed: "All of my songs are romance songs, so in Clive's defense, we had built an entire career …of me singing to girls. So, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, Clive gets a phone call and I'm singing about a ghost. So, he just thought that was a little strange."

5. There were a lot of theme songs submitted

Before Parker Jr. signed on to write the theme song, Columbia Pictures went through roughly 60 songs that were submitted, and they didn't like any of them.

6. It was supposed to be a short clip, not a full song

When Parker Jr. originally signed on to write music for the film, he was told the theme would only be "20 to 25 seconds long," to soundtrack a scene in the library. When he was told to turn the snippet into a full song, he used a tape machine to splice together a four-minute track.

7. Parker Jr. had a very short deadline

He only had approximately two-and-a-half days to write this song but luckily for him, " Everything just went perfectly. "

8. A TV commercial inspired Parker Jr. to write the theme

According to reports, Parker Jr. had trouble writing the Ghostbusters theme until he saw a commercial on TV that inspired him to write an advertisement jingle, which explains the slogan-like refrain, "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!"

9. The music video included 12 famous cameos

In addition to the Ghostbusters stars Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Ernie Hudson and Harold Ramis, the music video for "Ghostbusters" featured cameos of actors shouting "Ghostbusters!" inside a neon frame. These guests were Carly Simon, John Candy, George Wendt, Jeffrey Tambor, Melissa Gilbert, Al Franken, Peter Falk, Teri Garr, Danny DeVito, Chevy Chase, Irene Cara and Ollie E. Brown. None of the actors were paid to appear in the video, instead they were all favours asked by director Ivan Reitman. In fact, the crew made an impromptu visit to the set of John Candy's film Brewster's Millions to get his shot.

10. Parker Jr. almost became an Oscar winner

"Ghostbusters" was nominated for best original song at the 1985 Academy Awards, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You," a song from the 1984 romantic comedy The Woman in Red .

11. Huey Lewis sued Parker Jr. over this song

Lewis was another artist who turned down the opportunity to work on the Ghostbusters theme, but when Parker Jr.'s song came out, Lewis sued for the track's similarities to his song "I Want a New Drug," which was released earlier that same year. The lawsuit was settled out of court but in 2001, Lewis revealed in an interview with VH1's Behind the Music that Columbia Pictures paid Lewis a settlement. Parker Jr. quickly sued Lewis for breaking his confidentiality agreement from that case.

12. It's been covered by a number of artists

Along with thousands of renditions that can be found on YouTube today, artists such as Conor Oberst , Kasabian and Hoobastank (remember Hoobastank?) have covered the Ghostbusters theme.

13. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig have also put their own spin on the theme

As a joke, McCarthy and Wiig, two stars of the new Ghostbusters , came up with a folk version of the theme song as a way to enrage sexist online trolls who criticized the film's casting of female leads. McCarthy and Wiig were called on by director Paul Feig to perform it on The Graham Norton Show .

14. No, Parker Jr. is not sick of this song

When asked if he was tired of getting approached by people shouting, "Who you gonna call?" Parker Jr. responded , "It's like, am I tired of holding the best lotto ticket of the best thing to ever happen? No." He added, in an interview with HLN , "In my kids' schools, it makes me famous to the young kids."

15. Parker Jr. thinks the new Ghostbusters theme is 'interesting'

In an interview with Inside Edition, Parker Jr. finally revealed his thoughts on the new Ghostbusters theme song performed by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott: "Interesting. I'm not going to say it's good or bad," he said, diplomatically. "I'm just going to say well maybe I'm an old guy now and I like it the old way." He added that the film didn't call him to work on the soundtrack, but that he wished he had been contacted to work with the newer artists.

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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. >> Suggestion credit : 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.
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Comments: 19

  • Howard L. from Middletown Twp, Pa I 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 States The 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 Ramona How was the opening done? Is it a synth or a guitar?
  • Barry from Sauquoit, Ny On 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, Tx Overrated song for an overrated movie.
  • Frank from Los Angeles, Ca Ray 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, Ca When 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, Ok Am I the only one that thinks Ray Parker really ripped off Soul Finger by the Bar-Kays instead of Huey Lewis?
  • Paul from Detroit, Mi Okay.. 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, Va HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!! 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, Mi This was a classic when I was a elementary schooler.
  • Rebekah :) from Knoxville, Tn #1 song the day I was born... August 14, 1984. yay!
  • Anne from Dodge City, Ks I 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, Ia Does 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, Oh if the Lost Souls off of Doom 3 come callin',who ya gonna call? GHOSTBUSTERS!
  • Billy from Otway, Oh Ghostbusters 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, Wi When 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, Ny The same year singer songwriter Larry Melvin wrote and recorded his single "Larry Loose", he wrote and recorded "Larry Busters".

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Ghostbusters (song)

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  • 2 Official Recordings
  • 3 Official Releases
  • 5 Musicians
  • 8.1 Pop Culture
  • 8.2 Huey Lewis Controversy
  • 9 External links
  • 10 References
  • 11.1 Videos
  • 11.2 Overall
  • 11.3 Music Video
  • 11.4 "Girls Are More Fun" Music Video Screens
  • 11.5 Unreleased Updated Music Video
  • 11.6 IDW Comics

History [ ]

After test screenings in early 1984, Ivan Reitman wanted a song about 20 seconds in length at the beginning of the movie when Peter and Ray enter the New York City Public Library . [1] Reitman simply wanted a song that said "Ghostbusters" in it. Columbia Pictures spent a lot of money to have different musicians, including Lindsey Buckingham of Fleetwood Mac and Kenny Loggins, write songs to be considered as the main song for the Ghostbusters movie, but could not find one that they liked. Reitman didn't like any songs he got back either. [2] [3] Peter Aykroyd, Dan Aykroyd 's younger brother, connected Ivan Reitman with Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall. Bill Murray didn't like their attempt. Murray wanted NRBQ. Hughes and Thrall tried again. [4] [5] None the demos submitted in 1983 from Pat Thrall and Glen Hughes were used for the movie. [6] They did use the Pat Thrall and Glenn Hughes song for the film's ShoWest exhibitor reel. [7] [8] R&B artist Ray Parker, Jr. happened to be dating a woman who was working for Gary LeMel, an old music industry friend. Parker knew LeMel because he used to play guitar on Barry White's records. Gary LeMel, had suggested that he try his hand at writing a song for the film. It was described as a Ghostbusters theme song opening number for a 20 second segment at the end of the first library scene. [9] [10] In place of a music supervisor on the movie, the head of the music department at Columbia Pictures introduced Ray Parker Jr. to Reitman and co-producer Joe Medjuck . Producer Clive Davis who ran Arista at the time didn't want Parker singing a song about ghosts. Parker's forte was songs about romancing women. Davis took a lot of convincing.

The catch was that the song was needed in two to three days since the film due to be released soon. [11] [12] The movie producers wanted a song people could sing along with - without "too much meaning". The hardest task for Parker was coming up with a rhyme for "Ghostbusters". [13] He was half-asleep one night and saw an exterminator commercial on TV. He realized he could frame the song as a commercial and have the chorus scream "Ghostbusters" instead of having to do something conventional like rhyming it. [14] [15] The next day, he finished recording and submitted a cassette tape with just under one and half minutes of the song to Reitman. A short time later, Reitman called Parker at 3:30 or 4:30 in the morning praising the song. Reitman pushed for the 20 second intro song to be made into a single backed by a music video.

Official Recordings [ ]

These are official recordings of the song by Ray Parker Jr. that have been released to the public by Arista and Sony. Runtimes listed are the official runtimes as listed on the record singles, images of most can be found in the Gallery section below. Some sources list a runtime that is a second or two different, so runtimes are listed as a guide and not meant to be 100% exact.

It should also be noted that a few of the 7"/45-rpm records list a 3:45 "regular" version and a 4:07 "Instrumental" version, but that may be an error. No other versions of the "regular" and "instrumental" versions are so short. Maybe the two songs were sped-up for jukebox play. Until it can be proved if that's the case, or not, they are not being listed below but will be noted in this paragraph.

  • Album Version/7" Version/Short Version (4:04) - available on the Soundtrack album and just about every released single.
  • Instrumental Version (4:48) - available on the Soundtrack album and the 30th anniversary record single.
  • Extended Version/12" Single Remix (6:08) - available on several record singles, Ray Parker Jr.'s "Chartbusters" album, and the 2006 reissue of the soundtrack album.
  • Searchin' For The Spirit Remix (5:19) - available on the Searchin' For The Spirit/Dub Instrumental Version record single. [16]
  • Dub Version (5:35) - available on the 30th Anniversary record single.
  • Dub Instrumental Version (5:30) - available on the Searchin' For The Spirit/Dub Instrumental Version record single. [17]
  • 2009 Re-Recording (3:42) - available on the Atari Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime website for a limited time in 2011. [18] Do note that the original Atari MP3 has ID3 data that gives a "2007" date, which either means that this version was recorded two years before it debuted to the public, or the 2007 date could simply be a mistake. [19] )

Official Releases [ ]

Music video [ ].

The Times Square scene for the music video was shot in the last week of May 1984. [20] Like many movie soundtrack videos, it uses both a recreation of the concept of the movie and actual clips from the movie. However, its an interesting music video as many actors (many of which didn't appear in the Ghostbusters film) show up singing the song in little bit cameos. The lead is singer Ray Parker Jr. and lead actress is Cindy Harrell .

The music video was recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood without a proper director. Ivan Reitman sort of just took over directing it. The set of the haunted house was still being constructed up to when filming started. An old shooting technique of painting on glass then shooting through the house created the drawn look. After the painter started, Reitman set up the camera and the video was shot. Parker was a little concerned about looking silly as a singing ghost but Reitman ran with the concept and recruited celebrity cameos. Some cameos were favors that were called in. Teri Garr just filmed "Tootsie" with Bill Murray . Reitman, Medjuck and a small crew went to where "Brewster's Millions" was shooting, made their way past security, and had John Candy shoot his cameo between takes. While filming "No Small Affair" at Burbank Studios, George Wendt filmed his cameo for free during a lunch break. He later got in trouble with the Screen Actors Guild for that arrangement but was merely told not to do so again.

For the ending of the music video, the crew blocked off Times Square at the same time the press junket for the movie took place in New York. The scene was not planned and essentially shot for a day with no permit. On a Friday afternoon at 1 pm, Parker filmed with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd , Harold Ramis , and Ernie Hudson in character as his backup singers. Murray did an impromptu breakdancing routine. Parker improvised and helped spin Murray around. Since the actors in the music video weren't paid for their appearance, the video could not appear in home video releases for the film.

Cast from Film This doesn't include actors that appear in clips from the film.

  • Bill Murray
  • Dan Aykroyd
  • Harold Ramis
  • Ernie Hudson

Cameo non-film

  • Chevy Chase
  • Melissa Gilbert
  • Ollie E. Brown [21]
  • Carly Simon
  • Danny DeVito
  • George Wendt
  • Jeffrey Tambor

Musicians [ ]

  • Ray Parker, Jr. - vocals, guitar
  • Louis Johnson – bass
  • Greg Phillinganes – keyboards, synthesizer
  • Carlos Vega – drums
  • Everyone who appeared on the movie soundtrack previously tried to submit the theme song. [22]
  • A snippet of the song plays in Ghostbusters in Chapter 01: Start when the logo and title appear, in the montage in Chapter 14: Welcome Aboard , and after Winston Zeddemore declared, "I love this town!" in Chapter 28: Crossing Streams .
  • According to Ivan Reitman, there was plans to do a second commercial as an elaborate MTV music video with the Ghostbusters singing the "Ghostbusters" song (that could actually be played on MTV) but the song wasn't just right until too late in post-production. [23]
  • The famous "shuffle" performed by the guys at the end of the music video was referenced in the end credits of " The Real Ghostbusters ", and again in " Ghostbusters II " for the party Ray and Winston performed at.
  • Danny DeVito, who had a cameo in the music video, was later directed by Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman in Twins and Junior.
  • The music video is seen and heard on a television at the beginning of Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Girls Are More Fun" music video. Ray tries to convince a woman, played by Irene Cara, that he's really Ray Parker Jr. She sarcastically rebuffs him by saying, "Yeah, and I'm Irene Cara,", and then walks away. At this point, Ray sees the "Ghostbusters" music video on a television and comments, "Hey! That's me!". Irene Cara also made a cameo appearance in the "Ghostbusters" music video. [24]
  • A snippet of the song plays in Ghostbusters II in Chapter 01: Start after Dana Barrett retrieves Oscar from the baby carriage then in the next scene, Ray and Winston dance to and sing the "Ghostbusters" song as a cassette recording plays. They only sing the lyrics "If there's something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call?!" and "And it don't look good."
  • A snippet of "Ghostbusters!" from the song plays in Ghostbusters II in Chapter 28: World is Safe Again when the new painting is revealed.
  • A snippet of "Ghostbusters" plays at the end of Ghostbusters: Afterlife in Chapter 16 prior to the end credits at the 1:52:38 mark.
  • At one point in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, there was going to be a 1960s cover of the Ghostbusters song that was done for the movie by the Menahan Street Band. The children find a 45 single that turns out to be a 1960s song that Ray Parker, Jr. does a cover of that became known as the "Ghostbusters" song. [25]
  • There was a delay in getting Ray Parker, Jr.'s approval to use the "Ghostbusters" song on Extreme Ghostbusters . The crew finally got the okay 30 hours before the first mix was due. [26]
  • It took three years to get the rights to use the song on Ghostbusters: The Video Game . Parker was specific about how much he wanted based on how the song would be used. [27] [28]
  • It cost $80,000 for the song to be used on Ghostbusters: The Video Game. [29]
  • On page 26 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #20 , the group shot is a nod to a scene in Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" music video
  • The song appears as a playable song in Just Dance 2014 .
  • The front and back cover of the Ghostbusters: Get Real trade paperback references the Ghostbusters' dance move.
  • Starting with Ghostbusters International #1 , on page 27, the homage to the music video from Volume 2 Issue #20 is reused on the page with the crew's social media links.
  • In panel 2 is Danny DeVito as seen in the "Ghostbusters" music video
  • In panel 8 is Peter Falk as seen in the "Ghostbusters" music video
  • Ghost Jumpers theme song in Chapter 4 of the Ghostbusters (2016 Movie) is a play on the "Ghostbusters" song.
  • On page 7 of Ghostbusters 101 #1 , in panel 4, on the right, is the green disc of the "Ghostbusters" song 30th anniversary edition.
  • Cover B of Transformers/Ghostbusters Issue #5 is a nod to the Times Square song's music video.
  • On page 19 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #3 , in panel 5, the Ghostbusters dance like how they do in the music video for Ray Parker Jr.'s "Ghostbusters" song.
  • In Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed , "Ghostbusters" plays in the opening title sequence.
  • As of October 19, 2023, the famous Ghostbusters dance from the "Ghostbusters" music video was added to the emotives wheel in Ghostbusters: Spirits Unleashed.

Pop Culture [ ]

The song was number one on Billboard's Hot 100.

Parker's "Ghostbusters" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" were one of the first music videos starring a black music artist to appear on MTV.

The song is responsible for adding the catchphrases "Who you gonna call?" and "I ain't afraid of no ghost" into the pop culture lexicon.

The song has been repeatedly referenced in assorted forms of media.

  • The Huey Lewis Controversy (see below) was directly referenced in a portion of the Webcomic The Adventures of Dr. McNinja , where the titular character is humming the song when suddenly a nearby person screams "I WANT A NEEEW DRUG", and then says that he thought Dr. McNinja "was humming Huey Luis".

Huey Lewis Controversy [ ]

Huey Lewis filed a lawsuit claiming the song sounded too much like Huey Lewis and the News' "I Want a New Drug." Others found the score's synthesizer notes (that were held for several seconds) akin to the chord struck in Gary Numan's "Cars". The lawsuit was settled out of court and the outcome was kept private.

External links [ ]

  • Music video on YouTube

References [ ]

  • ↑ "Who Ya Gonna Call? The Inside Story Of The 'Ghostbusters' Music Video" Screen Crush 6/6/2014
  • ↑ Slash Film "Ray Parker Jr. on the Legacy of 'Ghostbusters', Passing on 'Spaceballs' and His Wild Oscars Performance (Interview)" 9/18/2020 Ray Parker, Jr. says: "The only one I've talked to would be Lindsey Buckingham [of Fleetwood Mac]. I think they had called him to do something. I spoke to him on one of these Zoom calls not too long ago. And I think there was Kenny Loggins and a whole bunch of people they tried. For some reason, no one could come up with a song for that film. What’s interesting is Gary LeMel, who was the vice president of Columbia Pictures at the time, he was 100% sure that I could do it. He knew something that I didn't know."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 51. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Established names were also turning them down. Fleetwood Mac veteran Lindsey Buckingham, author of the bouncy anthem "Holiday Road" for National Lampoon's Vacation, passed on Ghostbusters, citing the desire to avoid soundtrack work as "a repetitive part of my identity." Filming for Ghostbusters wrapped in January 1984, and the months rolled along. As April turned to May, they were still without a suitable piece of music."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "Dan Aykroyd's younger brother Peter was recording an album in Los Angeles around this time and connected Reitman with two of the musicians he was working with, Glenn Hughes and Pat Thrall (who comprised the hard rock duo Hughes/Thrall)."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Pat Thrall says: "Anyway, Bill Murray didn't like our song. You just think of Bill Murray as a jokester all the time. He was totally the opposite of that at this lunch. He was all business. His whole thing about the theme was he wanted it to be credible, not gimmicky. I think his favorite band was NRBQ. I think he wanted them to do the theme. So we were like, 'Man, we submitted ours, whatever.' Also, the only thing Bill Murray ate through this whole lunch was uni and sake. He was downing sake like crazy, and he had more filming to do. And he was just emphatic about the NRBQ thing."
  • ↑ Soundcloud Pat Thrall "Thrall Ghostbusters Demo 1983" 6/13/2021
  • ↑ LexTheRobot YouTube "My Ghostbusters Pet Peeves #116: Cool Heads Under Fire" 1/29/2020
  • ↑ LexTheRobot YouTube "My Ghostbusters Pet Peeves #116.5: Hughes/Thrall Confirmed!" 2/4/2020
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:01:52-1:02:02). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "Part of it came about because I was dating this girl who worked for Gary LeMel. And I knew Gary LeMel from the Barry White days because I did all the Barry White records. I played the guitar."
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:02:03-1:02:14). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "Then I got a call from Gary because there was just going to be one segment at the library scene. I think it was 20--20 seconds. Long and they just needed a theme song opening number with the words "Ghostbusters" in it."
  • ↑ MixOnline: Ray Parker Jr. Interview, Sept. 2006
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:02:26-1:02:34). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "I think I recorded a minute, 15--20 seconds in 2 and a half days, three days which is all I had."
  • ↑ From Spook Central (Fan Site) : Pop-Up Video version of the music video
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:02:54-1:03:24). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "I remember the hardest part was putting the words in song. I remember the part of the Ghostbusters movie where they had this solicitation with a phone number. And the night before I turned in the song, I was half asleep and on the TV comes this in-set commercial of the exterminator guys who are gonna get rid of the insects for you. And if you just close your eyes like this and you're real sleepy, the insect guys look to me like Ghostbusters guys."
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr. (2019). Cleanin' Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters (2019) (Blu-Ray ts. 1:03:29-1:03:33). Bueno Productions. Ray Parker, Jr. says: "It's a commercial. Who ya gonna call? And the people scream Ghostbusters."
  • ↑ Bay Area Ghostbusters
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  • ↑ Spook Central
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 53. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Line reads: "The Times Square dance was filmed in the last week of May, three weeks before the movie's release."
  • ↑ From Proton Charging (Fan Site) : Ollie & Jerry: Breakin'... There's No Stopping Us (Back)
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 50. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Billy Alessi says: "Everybody who wound up on that soundtrack was fighting for that theme song."
  • ↑ Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters , p. 47 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685 . Ivan Reitman says: "At one point, we planned to do a second commercial for the film -- one that we could work into the montage after they've become famous. I was going to do it as an elaborate MTV music video, with the guys singing the 'Ghostbusters' song -- which we later could have actually played on MTV. Unfortunately, we didn't get the song we liked until late in postproduction, and by that time it was too late to go back and do it."
  • ↑ Ray Parker, Jr.'s "Girls Are More Fun" music video on YouTube
  • ↑ The Oakland Press 2/24/2021 Line reads: "Menahan's members remain busy playing for and producing other artists, but Brenneck -- who's also scored the upcoming documentary "Blood Brothers" -- says the group did some work together during early 2020 in New York, before the pandemic hit, and is also recording a new version of the "Ghostbusters" theme song for "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," due out in June...They have a scene where the kids of the original Ghostbusters find their dads' old (stuff) and a 45 (single) that's, like a 60s version of the 80s 'Ghostbusters' -- as if Ray Parker Jr.'s was a cover of a 60s song. It's a really cool idea, so we cut a 60s-sounding version of 'Ghostbusters' while we were in New York, and it's pretty cool."
  • ↑ Greene, James, Jr., (2022). A Convenient Parallel Dimension: How Ghostbusters Slimed Us Forever , p. 157. Lyons Press, Essex, CT USA, ISBN 9781493048243 . Audu Paden says: "It got down to the wire. We had maybe thirty hours before the first mix was due before we finally got his okay."
  • ↑ Spook Central "Ghostbusters Fan Fest - Ghostbusters: The Video Game Panel" 38:02-38:05 10/4/19 Panelist says: "Getting the rights to that song took all three years."
  • ↑ Spook Central "Ghostbusters Fan Fest - Ghostbusters: The Video Game Panel" 38:20-38:32 10/4/19 Panelist says: "But like he -- he was like really, "What's it going to be used for? If it's in a commercial, I want this much." He wouldn't just grant us the license. We -- everybody had to work hard to get that to work."
  • ↑ Playboy "The Untold Story of the Ghostbusters Video Game that was Almost a Masterpiece" 7/13/16

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Long before writing, performing, and producing the theme song to the original Ghostbusters movie in 1984, Ray Parker Jr. began playing guitar for band leader Bohannan and ended up touring with the Motown group The Spinners. By the age of 16, Parker Jr. was already performing as a session musician for Marvin Gaye . 

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When Sony dropped the trailer for the new Ghostbusters movie a few weeks ago, there were multiple references to the original 1984 film, including proton packs, the Ecto-1, and plenty of slime. But perhaps the most obvious callback was the trailer’s soundtrack: a simple piano version of Ray Parker Jr.’s iconic theme song.

In this exclusive clip from the upcoming music documentary Hired Gun, Parker discusses how he was initially reluctant when Columbia Pictures called him and asked him to write the theme song for Ivan Reitman’s new comedy. The “sort of retired” musician first said no, especially because Reitman insisted on using the word “Ghostbusters” in the song, but he ended up composing the track in just a few days.

“To this day, people ask me, ‘Are you tired of hearing people say, who you gonna call?’” Parker says. “Well, no! It’s like, am I tired of holding the best lotto ticket or the best thing to ever happen? No.”

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“Ghostbusters” went on to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it was nominated for Best Original Song at the Oscars. Huey Lewis and the News later accused Parker of plagiarizing the “Ghostbusters” melody from their song “I Want a New Drug,” and Parker and Columbia Pictures settled out of court. The settlement included a confidentiality agreement, and Parker sued Lewis when he discussed the lawsuit in a 2001 Behind the Music special.

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Ghostbusters " is a 1984 song recorded by Ray Parker, Jr. as the theme to the film of the same name starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd. It hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on August 11 in 1984, and stayed there for three weeks. It also peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart on 16 September 1984, where it stayed for three weeks. The song is performed in the key of B major.

It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder's "I Just Called to Say I Love You".

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Cramming the plot of Ghostbusters 2 into a four-minute pop song is no easy task, but Bobby Brown handled it with tremendous skill on his New Jack Swing masterpiece “On Our Own,” which peaked at Number Two on the Hot 100 30 years ago this week. “Found about Vigo, the master of evil,” he sang, referencing an evil 16th-century spirit trapped inside a painting in the movie. “Try to battle my boys? That’s not legal!”

The movie landed in theaters during one of the busiest summers in the history of Hollywood up to that point. The much-anticipated sequel was up against Batman , Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , Turner & Hooch , The Karate Kid Part III , Lethal Weapon 2 , Dead Poets Society, and Honey, I Shrunk The Kids , but still managed to rake in $112 million even though many critics and fans felt it was a pale imitation of the original.

Ray Parker Jr. wrote a song for the original Ghostbusters back in 1984 and created a star-packed video for it. This time around, the job went to Bobby Brown, then at the absolute peak of his powers, as evidenced by recent hits “Every Little Step,” “Don’t Be Cruel,” and “My Prerogative.” “On Our Own” was written by L.A. Reid, Babyface, and Daryl Simmons. For the video, Iman, Jane Curtin, Doug E. Fresh, Christopher Reeve, Malcolm Forbes, and Rick Moranis, as well as Marky and Joey Ramone (playing a tuba for some reason) were roped into filming short cameos. Oh, and fast forward to 1:02 to see Donald Trump emerge from Trump Tower. (Weeks before the movie came out, he took out full-page ads in all four major New York newspapers urging the state to restore the death penalty so the Central Park 5 could be “forced to suffer.” When asked about it recently , he said he was unwilling to apologize even though they’ve been released from prison and completely cleared, and most reasonable people have concluded they were completely innocent.)

Ghostbusters II was the final ride for the original Ghostbusters gang, even though rumors swirled about a third movie for years. An all-female Ghostbusters hit theaters in the summer of 2016, but didn’t make quite enough to justify a sequel. Right now, Jason Reitman (son of original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman) is filming Ghostbusters 2020 . It takes place in the same universe of the first two movies, but it’s unclear how many surviving cast members will be a part of it. News of the movie didn’t sit well with Leslie Jones, one of the stars of the 2016 Ghostbusters.

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“So insulting,” she Tweeted in January. “Like fuck us. We dint count. It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a dick move. And I don’t give fuck I’m saying something!!”

Bobby Brown, meanwhile, spent the summer touring with the New Edition spinoff group RMRM (which is basically just him alongside Bell Biv Devoe), though their show didn’t feature “On Our Own.” He still plays it at most of his solo concerts, creating the delightful sight of a room full of middle-aged fans singing along to a song about proton packs, evil slime, and the fierce need to “take control” of New York back from the evil ghost Vigo.

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  • Trivia When Louis Tully mingles with his party guests (commenting on the price of the salmon, and so on), the scene is one continuous shot, and almost entirely improvised.
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Ghostbusters: 10 ways the original script was changed.

When Dan Aykroyd first wrote the script for Ghostbusters, it was a lot different (and darker) than the beloved '80s Ivan Reitman cult comedy movie.

Ivan Reitman’s Ghostbusters is hailed as one of the greatest comedies ever made, but it took a long journey to get from page to screen. Dan Aykroyd wrote the initial script inspired by his own fascination with the paranormal, which runs in the family (Aykroyd’s father wrote A History of Ghosts , his mother claimed to have witnessed ghosts, his grandfather tried to communicate with the dead, and his great-grandfather was a noted spiritualist).

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The Ghostbusters that audiences know and love today  — a grounded supernatural romp about a bunch of guys getting in over their heads in a spooky line of work — is nothing like the one Aykroyd dreamed up when he first put pen to paper.

The Tone Was Initially “Darker And Scarier”

For more than three decades, Ghostbusters has regularly appeared on lists of the greatest comedies ever made. Audiences fondly remember Bill Murray’s ad-libs , sight gags like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, and the generally lighthearted tone created by director Ivan Reitman.

But Dan Aykroyd’s original script was a lot closer to a straightforward horror movie than the subversive paranormal comedy it ended up becoming. He told Esquire , “[The original script] was a lot darker. And scarier.”

John Belushi’s Potential Role Had To Be Reworked After He Passed Away

Originally, Dan Aykroyd wrote Ghostbusters with three lead roles. He wrote one role for himself, one for Eddie Murphy, and one for the late, great John Belushi.

Aykroyd recalls that he was even writing a line for Belushi’s character when he got the call that his fellow comedy icon and Blues Brothers partner had passed away: “I was writing a line for John, and [producer/talent agent] Bernie Brillstein called and said they just found him... We loved each other as brothers.”

It Was Originally Set In Outer Space In The Future

The original Ghostbusters script was set in outer space in the future. It concerned a sort of civil war between several competing groups of Ghostbusters. When director Ivan Reitman got a hold of the script, he loved the concept but didn’t love the unrelatable (and very expensive) way that Aykroyd executed it. Reitman told Aykroyd, “It’s good, but it’s very hard to make what you’ve written so far.”

The director explained , “The movie I’d be interested in doing should be set today in New York. I think these guys should be people who are dabbling in parapsychology, probably at a university. They get into trouble, they get kicked out, and then they go into business for themselves. And it turns out it’s a good business.”

The Visual Effects Had To Be Scaled Back

The producers of Ghostbusters were only interested in making the movie if it could be made for $25 million, and Aykroyd’s intergalactic original script was estimated to cost $200 million using visual effects technology that didn’t exist yet.

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So, director Ivan Reitman stepped in to scale back the effects a little. The original script was a big comic book-y adventure, but Reitman grounded it as a going-into-business narrative.

Ghostbusters Were A Part Of Everyday Life

In the final version of the movie, Peter, Ray, and Egon are the world’s first Ghostbusters, but in the original script, Ghostbusters were already a part of everyday life, like exterminators.

Aykroyd explained , “They were like vacuum cleaners, or elevator repairmen, or firemen. The idea was to have them blend into the urban landscape. Calling a Ghostbuster was just like getting rats removed.”

Harold Ramis Contributed To Later Drafts

When Ivan Reitman became attached to Ghostbusters on the condition that the script would be scaled back and it would take place entirely on Earth, he suggested bringing in Harold Ramis as a co-writer to help ground the story.

Reitman and Aykroyd went into Ramis’ office, where he flicked through the script and listened to their intentions for the project. After 20 minutes, he told them, “I’m in.” Not only did Ramis become Aykroyd’s co-writer, but he also joined the cast as the third Ghostbuster.

A Lot Of Wild Scenes Had To Be Cut

Dan Aykroyd has described himself as a kitchen-sink writer who throws as many ideas and concepts as he can come up with into the first draft, then relies on a collaborator like Harold Ramis to bring it back down to reality before the final draft.

As a result of this process, a lot of wild scenes had to be cut from the Ghostbusters script, including a psychiatric hospital haunted by celebrity ghosts and an illegal ghost storage facility being run out of a New Jersey gas station.

It Went Under A Bunch Of Different Titles

Everybody involved in Ghostbusters ’ production loved the title from the beginning, but Universal owned the rights to the name because it had produced a kids’ TV show in the ‘70s called The Ghost Busters . So, filming began without an official title , and names like Ghostsmashers , Ghoststoppers , and Ghostbreakers  were considered.

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At a certain point in production, when hundreds of extras playing Ghostbusters fans were chanting the team’s name in every scene, the producers had no choice but to meet Universal’s demands to keep the title. As luck would have it, a Columbia executive who worked on Ghostbusters early in its development became the head of Universal and was able to clear their use of the title (for $500,000).

Zeddemore’s Role Was Reduced

The role of Winston Zeddemore was originally written with Eddie Murphy in mind , but Murphy had to turn down the role due to scheduling conflicts with Beverly Hills Cop , which ended up launching him to superstardom .

After Murphy turned down the project and the casting team began looking at relative unknowns to play Zeddemore, the role was drastically reduced. Ernie Hudson was ultimately cast.

The Ghostbusters Originally Had A Boss

According to The Complete SFX Guide to Ghostbusters , Dan Aykroyd initially gave the Ghostbusters a boss that they would have to answer to. Instead of taking on their own cases, they would go wherever their boss told them to.

When Harold Ramis came aboard as a co-writer, he felt that the characters should be in charge “of their own destiny,” which fit in with Ivan Reitman’s vision of a grounded going-into-business story.

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The Real Ghostbusters Writer Claims Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire Never Got In Touch

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Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire  is reportedly inspired by  The Real Ghostbusters animated series .

However, writer J. Michael Straczynski has alleged the production never got in touch with him, despite the fact he created some of its creepiest monsters.

“Trying to remember who created and/or developed some of those ‘weird-as-f*ck villains’,” he sarcastically said via Twitter . “Pretty sure he could have been of help if they had just reached out to him... just can't seem to remember the name...”

According to  Empire Magazine , the upcoming  Ghostbusters: Afterlife  sequel is inspired by the Ghostbusters cartoon, which debuted in 1986.

The show essentially continued the adventures of the classic Ghostbusters: Dr. Peter Venkman, Dr. Egon Spengler, Dr. Ray Stantz, Winston Zeddemore, their secretary Janine Melnitz, and their mascot ghost Slimer.

However, it also introduced a whole host of interesting new ghosts and ghouls. Director Gil Kenan said that the upcoming film is influenced by the show’s “wild, original and weird-as-f**k villains.” Those villains include Drool the Dog-Faced Goblin, as well as the alternate-universe Peoplebusters.

“We wanted to bring that show’s looseness and fearlessness to this movie,” added Kenan. “I think it’s going to surprise people just how big this film is.”

Whether or not any of Straczynski’s villains make it to the big screen remains to be seen, but the writer did pen numerous episodes of the classic ‘80s cartoon. Straczynski, best known as the creator of the science fiction television series Babylon 5 , claimed that the movie did not reach out, and when asked if he was unavailable at the time, he quipped: “Trying to remember... nope, not really... for sure I did some laundry at one point... yes, maybe that was the issue.”

IGN’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife review  gave it 9/10 and said: “Director Jason Reitman does his father and fans proud with a funny, sweet, and spooky family movie that proudly takes on the legacy of Ghostbusters, while also introducing something exciting and new. It helps that Mckenna Grace is the kind of talent that only comes around once in a generation: charming, authentic, and the beating heart of this already heartfelt movie. Get ready to fall in love with the Ghostbusters all over again.”

Want to read more about Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire? Check out  the first trailer for Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire  and find out  when the upcoming Ghostbusters sequel debuts in theaters .

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter .

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The Meaning Behind The Song: Ghostbusters by Casper

Ghostbusters by Casper is a power-packed song that gained immense popularity upon its release in 1984. With its catchy beats and memorable lyrics, the song became an instant hit and continues to be recognized as an iconic tune to this day. But what lies beneath the surface of this catchy melody? Let’s delve into the meaning behind the song and explore its deeper message.

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The Song’s Theme Of Supernatural Ventures

Ghostbusters is more than just a song; it serves as the theme song for the equally famous movie of the same name. The lyrics perfectly capture the essence of the film, which revolves around a group of paranormal investigators who rid New York City of ghostly apparitions. The song portrays a sense of adventure, excitement, and bravery, reflecting the protagonists’ fearless pursuit of the supernatural.

In addition to the surface-level interpretation, Ghostbusters also delves into the concept of overcoming fears and standing up to challenges. The lyrics encourage listeners to join the “Ghostbusters” team, inspiring them to confront their own fears head-on. It serves as a powerful anthem for breaking through the barriers that hold us back, emphasizing the importance of bravery and determination in overcoming obstacles.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ghostbusters

1. who wrote the song ghostbusters.

Ray Parker Jr. is the talented songwriter behind the iconic Ghostbusters theme song. His creation perfectly encapsulated the essence and theme of the Ghostbusters movie.

2. When was Ghostbusters released?

Ghostbusters was released on June 8, 1984, as part of the soundtrack for the Ghostbusters film. It quickly gained significant popularity and became a chart-topping hit.

3. Was Ghostbusters an immediate success?

Yes, Ghostbusters became an immediate success upon its release. It topped the charts in several countries and cemented its place as a classic song of the 1980s.

4. Did the song win any awards?

Although the iconic Ghostbusters song did not win any major awards, it did receive nominations for the Grammy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Its cultural impact and popularity, however, are undeniable.

5. What inspired the lyrics of Ghostbusters?

The lyrics of Ghostbusters were inspired by the movie’s supernatural theme and the concept of fighting ghosts. They reflect the bravery and camaraderie of the film’s protagonists.

6. Can Ghostbusters be considered a theme song?

Indeed, Ghostbusters is widely recognized as a theme song, synonymous with the movie franchise itself. It perfectly captures the essence and energy of the film, making it an integral part of the Ghostbusters experience.

7. How did the song contribute to the success of the movie?

The memorable and infectious Ghostbusters theme song played a significant role in the success of the movie. It helped create buzz and excitement, drawing audiences to theaters and contributing to the overall popularity of the Ghostbusters franchise.

8. Why is Ghostbusters still popular today?

Ghostbusters maintains its popularity due to its catchy melody, timeless lyrics, and association with the beloved movie franchise. The song’s infectious energy continues to resonate with audiences of all ages, keeping it relevant and cherished even decades after its initial release.

9. Are there any cover versions or remixes of Ghostbusters?

Over the years, numerous artists and DJs have released cover versions and remixes of the Ghostbusters theme. These renditions offer fresh interpretations of the iconic song, infusing it with new styles and flavors while paying homage to the original.

10. What impact did Ghostbusters have on popular culture?

Ghostbusters left an indelible mark on popular culture and became an iconic reference point. The song, along with the movie franchise, has been embraced and celebrated by fans worldwide, serving as a symbol of nostalgia and timeless entertainment.

11. Have there been any sequels or remakes of the Ghostbusters movie?

Yes, there have been sequels and remakes of the Ghostbusters film. These subsequent installments have continued the legacy of the original movie and expanded the Ghostbusters universe, further contributing to the song’s enduring popularity.

12. Can Ghostbusters be considered a classic song?

Absolutely! Ghostbusters has rightfully earned its status as a classic song. Its infectious melody, unforgettable lyrics, and cultural significance ensure its place among the most iconic songs of the 1980s and beyond.

This engaging song not only ignites nostalgic memories but also resonates with new audiences, making it a timeless piece that will continue to entertain for generations to come.

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Posted: January 16, 2024 | Last updated: January 16, 2024

Sunset Song is a historical drama film based on a novel by Lewis Grassic Gibbon that follows the young and ambitious daughter of a Scottish farmer on her coming-of-age journey. It was directed and written by Terence Davies and released in 2015.

Here’s how you can watch and stream Sunset Song via streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video and AMC Plus.

Is Sunset Song available to watch via streaming?

Yes, Sunset Song is available to watch via streaming on Amazon Prime Video and AMC Plus.

The movie begins with the harsh facts of farm life in 1990s Scotland, dealing with poverty and war. Moreover, our main protagonist deals with the deaths of her closest family members and her lover and falls into despair. Furthermore, the movie shows how she deals with this loss and how it affects her character and outlook on life. In addition, the movie explores the themes of loss, dealing with death, grief, and the importance of family.

The cast of the show includes Agyness Deyn, Peter Mullan, Kevin Guthrie, Ken Blackburn, Mark Bonnar, Stuart Bowman, Emily-Jane Boyle, Ewan Comes, and Maelly Comes.

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Sunset Song is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.

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You can watch via Amazon Prime Video by following these steps:

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Amazon Prime is the online retailer’s paid service that provides fast shipping and exclusive sales on products, so the membership that includes both this service and Prime Video is the company’s most popular offering. However, you can also opt to subscribe to Prime Video separately.

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AMC Plus is a subscription-based video content streaming service. Moreover, the service allows access to live feeds and program libraries of AMC Networks, along with exclusive original content. The content can be accessed on smartphones, laptops, tablets, smart TVs, and other streaming devices.

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Users can also subscribe to AMC Plus as a channel via Amazon Prime Video if they are current subscribers to Amazon’s service.

Sunset Song synopsis is as follows:

“ The daughter of a Scottish farmer comes of age in the early 1900s.”

NOTE: The streaming services listed above are subject to change. The information provided was correct at the time of writing.

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