Growing up in the age of the '80s sex romp, I received my fair share of conflicting messages about the birds and the bees. But one scene that stands out more than any other (and yes, that even includes Bachelor Party and its "donkey show" antics) is 'Stacy's first time', from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Now why, you may ask? Well, because it was the only sex scene that was telling me a little something close to the truth. So for today's installment of Scenes (Songs) We Love, I went with Jackson Browne's Somebody's Baby from the teen classic as a tribute to the 'movie sex-ed' provided courtesy of Cameron Crowe and Amy Heckerling.
Fast Times was adapted from Crowe's coming-of-age novel about a group of teens struggling with sex, love, and the future, and Browne's song (which some speculate was inspired by his own absentee father) is used as the theme song to Stacy's (played by an obscenely young Jennifer Jason Leigh) ... shall we say, misadventures with the opposite sex. The song first appears as Stacy loses her virginity to the local stereo store Lothario -- and while it may not work out so hot for Stacy, it certainly teaches a valuable lesson about fantasy versus reality.
The song was the last time that Browne would chart in the top 10, and it only appeared on the soundtrack album once it was included on a 'Best of Compilation' in the late '90s. The song will forever remained tied to to the film, which is easily one of the best teen films ever made. Fast Times remains as funny as it ever is still one of the the few teen films that had the nerve to tackle a subject like abortion and the emotional downside of casual sex -- I guess they just don't make 'em like they used to anymore.
After the jump; in an effort to keep things SFW, a live performance of Browne's classic song...
As and added bonus: Phantom Planet's tribute to 'Ridgemont Wolves' for Not Another Teen Movie