If you're of a certain age, then you probably remember the 80's Country Revival. The music, the hats, the belt buckles were all back in style, and since the movies were never an art form that failed to capitalize on a trend, and in 1980, John Travolta strapped on some spurs for Urban Cowboy, and the subject of of today's Scenes Songs We Love is Boz Scaggs' contribution to the flick's highly successful soundtrack, Look What You've Done to Me.
The 1980 romantic drama was directed by James Bridges with a script by Irving Azoff and Robert Evans'. The story centered on the tumultuous love affair of a modern day cowboy and girl played by Travolta (as the hot-headed Bud) with Debra Winger as Sissy. The film also starred Scott Glenn as Sissy's abusive rebound guy, and there were appearances by country greats like Bonnie Raitt, Charlie Daniels, and Mickey Gilley. The film even manages to work in a few social points about the hard life of an oil rig worker in between all of the fussin' and a-feuding -- hell, there's even a mechanical bull tournament.
But back to the music. The soundtrack is a necessary addition to the collection of any Country fan, and along with Scaggs' mellow classic, you get Daniels' The Devil Went Down to Georgia (another favorite) and Looking for Love in all the wrong places. Look What You've Done was written by Scaggs and David Foster, which probably explains the mellow power-ballad vibe. The song has just the right amount of sappiness that at my impressionable age, this song and movie were forever burned into my brain. If I hear even a few bars in an office, or late at night on an easy listening station, all I will can picture is Travolta with an uptown girl slow-dancing in a gilded Dallas condo.
So yeah, maybe it's not one of those movies that you would refer to as timeless, but it is one of those movies that you love precisely because it so perfectly captures a moment in time -- for better or for worse.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find the exact scene, so we'll just have to content ourselves with a fitting 80's tribute: a montage.