Here's every song featured on the soundtrack of 1980s set comedy Take Me Home Tonight. Topher Grace first broke through as part of the cast of That 70s Show, which also included future stars like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher. Grace played Eric Forman on the series but left before the final season to play Eddie Brock/Venom in Spider-Man 3. Director Sam Raimi has since confessed he had little love for the Venom character but he was pushed to include the fan-favorite villain. This accounts for Venom's lackluster treatment in the sequel, with Topher Grace feeling miscast in the role.
While Spider-Man 3 was a hit commercially it was considered a major disappointment critically. Around the same time, Grace shot a film dubbed Young Americans, which co-starred Anna Faris, Chris Pratt, Michael Biehn and Teresa Palmer (Lights Out). The film is set in the late 1980s with Grace playing a recent, directionless graduate who is invited to a wild party by a girl he likes, leading to a debauched time for all. Despite being shot in 2007 the studio objected to the heavy drug in the film, leading it to be shelved for four years.
In the meantime, Topher Grace went on to star in movies like Valentine's Day and Predators. Young Americans eventually became Take Me Home Tonight, named after the Eddie Money song of the same name. Sadly, despite a great cast and retro tone it wasn't greeted with warm reviews and was a box-office dud. Being set in 1988 it was only natural it would feature an awesome retro soundtrack, so here's a guide to all the songs on the Take Me Home Tonight soundtrack.
- Video Killed The Radio Star - The Buggles
- Hungry Like The Wolf - Duran Duran
- Situation - Yazoo
- The Fanatic - Felony
- Walking In L.A.- Missing Persons
- Der Kommissar - After The Fire
- Kickstart My Heart - Mötley Crüe
- Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A
- Let's Go All The Way - Sly Fox
- Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
- Safety Dance - Men Without Hats
- Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
- What You Need - INXS
- Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
- Come On Eileen - Dexy's Midnight Runners
- Jeopardy - Greg Kihn
- Let My Love Open The Door - Pete Townshend
- Warm Leatherette - Grace Jones
- Doot-Doot - Freur
- Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) - Book of Love
- Ship Of Fools - World Party
- Jet Fighter - The Three O'Clock
- Alrock's Bells - Yo La Tengo
- Live Is Life - Opus
- Don't You Want Me - Atomic Tom
The soundtrack breakdown for Take Me Home Tonight basically looks like a 1980s mixtape, featuring evergreen songs like "Straight Outta Compton," "Don't You Want Me," "Safety Dance" and "Bette Davis Eyes." One glaring omission is Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight," the song the film is named after and adorned its trailers, but doesn't actually appear in the film. Maybe director Michael Dowse (Stuber) or the producers felt including the track itself was too on the nose.
Take Me Home Tonight isn't particularly original but it's better than its critical reputation suggests, which is mostly down to its cast. If nothing else, it's got a fantastic soundtrack to rock out to.
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