I'm really fond of Fred. It all started one night when my mom fell asleep with the TV on and my brother and I caught our first glimpse of A Nightmare on Elm Street. We sat there -- eyes glazed over and too scared to talk, but we were hooked. For the next several years, Freddy invaded our lives and not just our dreams. Fangoria magazines, Freddy costumes, the dreaded glove with gray, plastic finger-knives and flimsy brown fabric (I think we went through at least five gloves) and whatever else we could get our hands on.
Growing up Freddy wasn't cheap, but the allure of his sinister voice and pizza face kept us coming back for more. Throughout the years there were some cuckoo products and marketing strategies to promote the five-fingered fiend, some of which you can check out after the jump. Until we can determine if Samuel Bayer's Nightmare on Elm Street remake is a complete disaster or not, enjoy this little stroll down Elm Street.
Freddy's Greatest Hits
The year before future movie star Will Smith recorded Nightmare on My Street under the DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince moniker, RiC Records made an attempt hop on the Elm Street bandwagon by releasing Freddy's Greatest Hits -- making the nine tracks available on record and cassette. Robert Englund didn't actually sing any of the tracks, but he did lend his commentary to several of the songs. As you might imagine, the prevailing theme of the record was dreaming and/or sleeping and several of the tracks were covers of actual songs like Do the Freddy, which was a cover of a 1965 tune by Freddie and the Dreamers. Other covers included In the Midnight Hour and All I Have to Do Is Dream. The songs are a combination of haunted house, late 80's/early 90's rock ballads and a little New Wave. Yeah, it's pretty awful but it has a certain je ne sais quoi.
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