Friday, June 01, 2012

Friday 80s Flashback for June 1, 2012

"Learn balance, Daniel-san!"

[Training Montage] -- I'm in a bit of a scheduling bind, but I don't want to leave my dear 80s-philes without a new flashback. So this week, we will pay homage to the time-honored, 80s movie tradition of the montage (specifically the training montage). You remember this film technique, right? Filmmakers would use it to condense hours, days, or even longer stretches into a few minutes -- the length of a single song. The montage could be used to showcase the transition of a sloppy, unstylish youth into a beautiful prom queen. But the most common use of the montage was in sports and martial arts movies. Here, we would see the meek and weak protagonist transformed into a potential winner by a strangely cool and (sometimes) unexpected mentor. Usually, nothing prior to the montage would lead a viewer to believe such a transformation could occur. But, thanks to clipped dialog, fast film cuts, and a kick-ass soundtrack, the music video portion of the movie would leave the audience too pumped up and swelling with positivity to even realize they had been duped. Now, instead of presenting three songs featured in 80s movie montages, I'm sharing with you something a little more special. If you want to know what it is, read and hear more after the break.

80s Training Montage Music Mix: Blood Brothers - First Blood

The "Blood Bros" -- known as DJA and DSJ -- have created a killer music mix of songs used in 80s movies. More specifically, they are songs that were used in training montages! This mix has a total run-time of just under 40 minutes! You can stream these heart-pounding tunes using the link below. But, even better, you can download the mix and use it in the gym, on the beach, or while bobbing and weaving through traffic. The 24 tracks in this mix by track title, artist, and movie are as follows:
  1. Kumite (Main Title) - Paul Hertzog - Bloodsport 
  2. Higher And Higher - Craig Wedren - Wet Hot American Summer 
  3. The Glow - Willie Hutch - The Last Dragon 
  4. Thunder In Your Heart - John Farnham - Rad 
  5. No Easy Way Out - Robert Tepper - Rocky IV 
  6. Break The Ice - John Farnham - Rad 
  7. Montage - DVDA - South Park 
  8. Training Montage - Vince Di Cola - Rocky IV 
  9. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor - Rocky III 
  10. Fight To Survive - Stan Bush - Bloodsport 
  11. The Final Countdown - Europe - Blood Bros 
  12. No Retreat No Surrender - Stan Bush - Kickboxer 
  13. Never Surrender - Stan Bush - Kickboxer 
  14. The Touch - Stan Bush - Transformers The Movie 
  15. Take It Like A Man - Stan Bush - Blood Bros 
  16. Dare - Stan Bush - Transformers The Movie 
  17. Sweetest Victory - Mark Torien - Rocky IV 
  18. Iron Eagle (Never Say Die) - King Kobra - Iron Eagle 
  19. Now You're A Man - DVDA - Orgazmo 
  20. Winner Takes All - Sammy Hagar - Over The Top 
  21. Burning Heart - Survivor - Rocky IV 
  22. You're The Best Around - Joe Espisito - Karate Kid 
  23. Gonna Fly Now - Bill Conti - Rocky 
  24. Glory Of Love - Peter Cetera - Karate Kid 2

 Blood Bros: First Blood by Mad Decent

Sure, the flashback isn't a playlist of three individual songs this week. But it is three times the usual amount of music, so you should be happy about that, and that's all we have till next week. Dedicated 80s-philes can find more flashbacks in the archives. As always, your comments are welcome on today's, or any other, flashback post. And if you like what I'm doing here, please share the link with your friends. If, however, you don't like the flashback, feel free to share it with your enemies.

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I'll see you in seven!

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