For a huge number of twenty- and thirtysomethings—myself included—1985 movie The Goonies
is inextricably linked to our childhoods. How many times did we all watch this at a birthday party or sleepover? And how many times did we argue over who was gonna be Mikey when we took on the roles of the film’s colorful characters, re-enacting the treasure-map-guided, deadly-obstacle-strewn search for “the rich stuff,” so we could save our families from foreclosure and forced removal at the hands of greedy developers, just like the kids in the movie?
this plot sounds suddenly relevant again—a perfect time, in fact, for Sony to reissue the soundtrack to the Spielberg-conceived, Richard Donner-directed film, which they did earlier this week. Yep, you can even download the sucker on iTunes and revel in it’s ultra-fun—albeit ultra-dated—synth-heavy, gated-drums-anchored tunes from The Bangles, Goon Squad, Teena Marie, Luther Vandross, R.E.O. Speedwagon and, of course Cyndi Lauper, whose totally awesome 1985 single “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” is the standout track.
The song's video—also directed by Donner—is a two-part, 12-minute, non-sequitur-laden tour de force featuring Steven Spielberg, most of the now-classic film’s cast (including Sean Astin and Josh Brolin), a half-dozen WWF wrestlers (among them Andre the Giant, Captain Lou Albano, Rowdy Roddy Piper and The Iron Sheik) and the then-little-known Bangles as a gang of pirates. Check. It. Out.