The 80’s and 90’s were certainly a different time for movies and music, but also different for the way the two co-existed. It was rare for a big movie to be released during this time that didn’t tie in alongside some sort of hit single. Whether its “Kiss by a Rose” for Batman Forever or “Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” for Armageddon, there are plenty of noteworthy (and kind of bizarre) song tie-ins for movies. Perhaps the most bizarre of all the Nightmare on My Street, a long lost music video that combined A Nightmare on Elm Street with DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince himself Will Smith.
This video was sadly buried, until today. Check out this retro track:
Like other songs of its era, it’s pretty funny to look back and listen to. The track itself is pretty standard fare for Smith and company, meaning some catchy lyrics and Smith’s quintessential personality. However, when I think A Nightmare on Elm Street, the last thing that I think of is a Will Smith rap song. It’s just such an odd juxtaposition between two different tones and mediums that you just kind of have to admire it.
As for music in movies, we have certainly made a lot of progress since those days. This year alone, Black Panther and A Star is Born featured two soundtracks that could also be considered two of the year’s best albums, with soulful tracks that stood on their own while also matching the movie to a tee. It’s safe to say that for any Nightmare reboot, the Fresh Prince won’t have any part of it.
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