A few weeks ago I posted this that featured Kenny Loggins‘ 1984 hit, “Footloose.” The song stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for three weeks (March 25, 1984 – April 14, 1984), and was the first of two number one songs off the Footloose soundtrack.
What a monster soundtrack. It had a handful of singles, “Footloose,” “Let’s Hear It For the Boy,” “Holding Out for a Her,” “Almost Paradise…” the album hit number one as well from April 21, 1984 – June 29, 1984 and actually bumped Michael Jackson‘s Thriller out of that top spot.
Impressive. Most impressive.
I just read that a remake of the film is in the works. Wow. Who would have thunk it? The movie was already made into a Broadway musical that ran from 1998-2000… it was nominated for a bunch of 1999 Tony Awards (I don’t think it won in any category)… I honestly didn’t even know this musical existed until now. Has anyone seen it?
I’m going to guess that they’ll just take that Broadway format and fit it onto the big screen.
Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose” was placed at #96 on the American Film Institute’s AFI 100 Years… 100 Songs list. Amazingly enough, it lost to Stevie Wonder‘s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” at that year’s Academy Awards. Sorry, but I cannot STAND that song. I love Stevie, but he ruined that line for the entire world.
So I was looking through my iTunes and realized that I had a cover version of “Footloose” by Doveman, who is actually a fellow named Thomas Bartlett and his select collaborators. According to Doveman’s official website:
“26-year old Thomas Bartlett is one of New York’s most in-demand keyboard players, collaborating & touring with artists such as Glen Hansard (Once, Swell Season), The National, Martha Wainwright, Antony, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto & Yoko Ono. Doveman is Bartlett and his select group of collaborators. When listening to this music you should keep in mind artists such as Frederic Chopin, Cat Power, Keith Jarrett, Talk Talk, and Chris Whitley — unless you don’t know any them or are not a fan, in which case you should keep in mind Nick Drake, The National, Mogwai, Explosions in the Sky, and other, trendier bands whose music has recently appeared in car commercials. Doveman does not rehearse, but they sure can play.”
Bartlett and company redid the entire Footloose soundtrack and had originally posted it on their website until they received a cease & desist letter.
Their covers are all quite mellow… you’ll see what I mean when you take a listen to “Footloose” below in the Dig-It section. It’s a fun listen, though, especially if you’re familiar with the original soundtrack. Doveman’s vocals are pretty monotone… but it only ads to the creepiness of their performances.
You can check out all of their recordings at their official site.
“Footloose” is a song that I never fail to turn up whenever I hear it. I dig on Doveman’s interpretation, but it don’t make me wanna “cut footloose.”
And I always have to do what Kenny Loggins tells me to do. That’s just the right thing to do.
Your Dig-It Downloads:
Download: Footloose (Kenny Loggins – original)
Download: Footloose (Doveman)