This week, I’m going with the “Theme from Shaft” from Shaft. Here are the opening credits featuring the song. Original film directed by Gordon Parks. Song written, performed, and recorded by Isaac Hayes from the Shaft Soundtrack, which was all done by Hayes. Shaft played by Richard Roundtree. Shut yo’ mouth. ‘Nuff said.
I’ve had Superman on the brain, lately. They were showing the original film on TV during the Thanksgiving holiday. My father decided to record it and add it to his DVD collection. I popped in my Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut DVD afterwards. So, I’ve just been in a Superman mood.
It’s an inspirational theme just like Superman is an inspirational character. It evokes the idea that the best in us can be brought out along the lines of truth, justice, and the American way, but really, for me, it’s about just trying to be our most positive, hardest working, always do the right thing, best selves.
I wanted to go with more of an old school cult classic this week. So, the film is the 1979 cult favorite directed by Walter Hill, the Warriors, which was based on the 1965 novel by Sol Yurick of the same name. There have since been comic books and video games based on the film.
The song was originally written by Barry de Vorzon and Joe Walsh and performed by Walsh for the soundtrack, specifically. The Eagles, which Walsh was a part of, liked the song, and decided to record their own version for their album, the Long Run, which was released the same year.
They recorded a music video for it featuring a staged recording session, but I’m going with the scene from the film that featured the song, which is, the last scene of the film moving into the end credits.
In honor of the UN’s International Day against Violence to Women today, I’m going with Destiny’s Child “Independent Women Part I” music video from Charlie’s Angels for our Music Monday #MM selection.
Keeping it simple this week with Will Smith’s “Men in Black” from the film of the same name. It’s a catchy and fun joint with a clever sample from a movie that’s fun and clever, too. I like that both the song and the film do not take themselves too seriously.