You may have noticed that I have a big soft spot for Cameron Crowe. Maybe it's because I saw Fast Times at Ridgemont High at such an impressionable age, or maybe because Lloyd Dobler forever set an impossible standard for romantic nice guys, or it could be as simple as that we have the same taste in music. But whatever it is, I still think he's one of the best writer/directors working today. Which is why today's Scenes (Songs) We Love, is dedicated to one of Crowe's lesser-known films (so lesser-known in fact, that Universal has yet to release an 'official' DVD), the 1984 dramedy, The Wild Life and its theme, provided by '80s girl group, Bananarama.
The Wild Life was written by Crowe and directed by Art Linson, who had also produced Fast Times (and most recently, the band biopic, The Runaways), and the movie centered around LA suburban teens on the brink of adulthood. Most of the action centers around Eric Stoltz as a recent high school graduate, his younger brother Jim (who you might recognize from the '80s classic, Weird Science), and a Vietnam vet played by Randy Quaid. Even Mr. and Mrs. Crowe (better known as rock goddess, Nancy Wilson) make small appearances as a cop and the wife of another philandering officer of the law.
When it comes to '80s pop hits, I was never all that into Bananarama. Of course, with the exception of Cruel Summer and this song. So you know how highly I think of this track if I'm willing to overlook that god-awful cover of "Venus" *ducks*, but on the bright side, at least we can all agree that this is some classic '80s pop. Now, if we could just do something about that DVD release.