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Friday, May 14, 2010

Freddy's Friday Night Dance Party!: Master Blaster Edition!

thunderdome

I haven't seen the third film in the Mad Max trilogy, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, since before I first produced baby batter. It's a film that is difficult to forget, however, and even though it's one I loved as a young lad, I still knew all that kid's shit was pretty corny. Which is funny as Mad Max's version of Ewoks were meant to draw a young me to the film, which would be further proven by the PG-13 rating. But even at a young age, I could see through it. Still, there were many cool moments in the movie, and I would love to revisit it again sometime in the near future. No matter how long it's been since I've watched Thunderdome, there's one thing that still stands out in my memories very clearly, and the most iconic aspect, even over Master Blaster, is We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome), by lady legs herself, Tina Turner.

I don't think I need to go over how Tina Turner plays a pivotal role as Aunty Entity in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome the film, but her role in Thunderdome as far as marketing goes may have had more impact on that film's recognition than anything else. She was huge at the time, and that fame was only continued with We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome). Written by Terry Britten and Graham Lyle, with Turner backed by a choral group coming out of King's House School in Richmond, London, the song was a smash hit to say the least. It was nominated for a Golden Globe as well as a Grammy, and it hit a high of #2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

We Don't Need Another Hero (Thunderdome) and Turner in her Aunty Entity outfit in this video are very iconic, and sure the song has a lot of actual meaning behind it, but I cannot get over her White Fang hairdo. She does look pretty bangin' though, and I wouldn't mind taking a hold of those epic earrings and going for a little ride through Thunderdome. I'll show Tina a real Master Blaster if you get my drift. In all seriousness, it's an infectious song and I would be telling nothing short of the truth when I say how many times the chorus of this song has come out of my mouth over my lifespan. Complete with dum-dum-dum drum sound, naturally. Great song and a fun video, it's about damn time it made it's way onto Freddy's Friday Night Dance Party. Dum-dum-dum. 

5 comments:

  1. I remember it like I saw it yesterday, but it has easily been at least 10-12 years since I went Beyond Thunderdome. It's easily an enjoyable romp in the post-apocalyptic world and the song by Tina is one that might have been more popular than the film itself.

    My fav awkward scene is where those kids put on that weird slide show for Max to show how they ended up the way they did. "Mrs. Wawww-kkkkaaaaa!" Haha!

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  2. The film did pretty well in theaters but you know a big portion of that had to do with Turner being in it. I'm sure her presence got the movie a bigger release than it would have gotten without her too. The song, on the other hand, was wicked popular, more so than the movie was.

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  3. i am a huge fan, the score got a 2cd release after all these years. i am a happy camper.
    and the song from tina turner, still is amongst my favorite songs.

    embargo over!

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  4. I haven't seen the film in so long, but based off the first two films, I would guess the score is pretty tight even outside Tina's bad ass track.

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  5. Easily one of the worst movies of the 80s. Bad art direction, bad writing, bad costuming, bad bad bad. It's as if Chuck Norris ate George Miller and then deposited Beyond Thunderdome in the bowl the next day. Just bad.

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