June 26, 2009

Come on and twist a little closer now

The last 80s movie hit of this week didn't even start as an 80s hit.

"Twist and Shout" was recorded by the Beatles in 1963 for their first album, Please Please Me. Unlike many of their hits, it wasn't written by them: it was originally penned by R&B songwriters Phil Medley and Bert Russell, and had been previously recorded by the Top Notes and the Isley Brothers before the Fab Four recorded it. "Twist and Shout" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, but since the #1 single was "Can't Buy Me Love" and this was the legendary week when the entire top 5 was held by the Beatles - an unprecedented and unrepeated feat - I doubt they were complaining.

"Twist and Shout" charted again in 1986, thanks to being featured in yet another John Hughes teen movie: Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Matthew Broderick memorably lipsynchs to it during the annual Von Steuben Day parade in Chicago:

Reportedly, Paul McCartney was not thrilled with the addition of the horns.

Incidentally, of the four teen movies represented in this week's playlist, Ferris Bueller's Day Off is the only one I saw while still in my teens: in early 1990, while I was 19. I was, however, well out of high school by this time . . .