Sylvester Stallone is well known for his bigger than life characters. We tend to forget, though, that he wrote and directed (or ghost directed) a lot of his own movies in the 80s — and he was also very good at finding and matching great hooky songs with long sequence montages, MTV style !
I was watching Rocky IV the other night. It reminded me that a lot of Stallone’s films have good music in them — and I’m not even thinking about Bill Conti’s outstanding work on the Rocky series. I’m talking about the songs curated over the years, from Survivor to Bad English, from John Cafferty to Frank Stallone (Sylvester’s brother).
Often disregarded, these songs packed a LOT of craftmanship and were very well written.
For fun, I tracked down the most notorious ones.
*Another one bites the dust was Stallone’s first choice for Rocky III, so it’s up there, but he couldn’t clear the rights with Queen. After having heard Survivor’s Eye of the tiger, he decided to go with it instead of Joe Esposito’s You’re the best (which ended on the Karate Kid Soundtrack) — it is also in the list.