Between the albums ‘Standing on the Edge” and “The Doctor”, Cheap Trick were asked to do a song on an upcoming movie starring this two-bit actor named Tom Cruise. The movie was ‘Top Gun’ and would blow up the silverscreen and was a massive hit. What also was a massive hit was the soundtrack to that movie. What a line-up of who was big in the 80’s. You get Kenny Loggins, Loverboy, Berlin, Miami Sound Machine and Teena Marie to name most of the artist.
Cheap Trick were asked to do the song “Might Wings” which was written by Mark Spiro and Harold Faltermeyer who also produced the soundtrack. The song was the third single off the soundtrack and the only one to not chart which is a big surprise to me as it was my favorite song on the soundtrack. The song appeared in the movie twice. First as an instrumental piece during the scene first training session at Mirimar and then the full version of the track was played during the end credits.
“Mighty Wings” was a pure 80’s rocker full of power chords, sweeping vocals, synthesizers and an intensity that lived up to the feeling of the movie. It is one of the heaviest songs I have heard the band do and Robin’s vocals were picture perfect. It was a high energy, cheesy song that is so full of the 80’s it is almost comical, but it is also so brilliant, exciting and fun and will always be a favorite of mine. I especially love Bun E. Carlos as he is ripping it on the drums. A very powerful performance and the most rocking he has done. So what they didn’t write it and it is not like much of anything they’ve done before but it still so good and Robin hasn’t sounded better (who am I kidding, he has but still this is good). A mindless romp that brings back good memories of a movie I loved and that is all that matters.
The B-Side is another Harold Faltermeyer song called “Dog Fight #3” which I assume is played during the scene that had the 3rd Dog Fight in it. I’m just guessing here. It is an instrumental piece and think Miami Vice by Jan Hammer but no where near as good. It sounds like a boring dog fight and no real big sweeping moments that would make me think this was an intense, dramatic scene. It sounds more like one plane is sneaking up on another but no fighting is happening. The cool thing about it is I don’t think this is on the Soundtrack so it is a nice plus to have even if it isn’t that exciting of a song. By the way, Harold is the gentlemen that did the song “Axel F” from the Beverly Hills Soundtrack so you know he can do a good synthesizer based instrumental.
And there you have a nice little treat from my Cheap Trick Collection. We will get back to the albums on the next post.
UP NEXT: ‘THE DOCTOR’ (1986)
The Cheap Trick Collection Series:
- Cheap Trick (1977)
- In Color (1977)
- Heaven Tonight (1978)
- Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978)
- Dream Police (1979)
- Found All The Parts (1980)
- All Shook Up (1980)
- One On One (1982)
- Next Position Please (1983)
- Standing on the Edge (1985)
- “Tonight It’s You” (1985) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)
- “Mighty Wings” (1986) – 7″ Single (Bonus Edition)