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Flashdance – Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture (1983)

November 8, 2016

“$1 for eternal happiness? I’d be happier with the dollar.”
– Mr. Burns, S8E7

Well, I may not have purchased eternal happiness last week, but I did make perhaps the happiest 10¢ purchase of my life thus far.

At the semi-annual Kingston Symphony Association Record Sale last Thursday, I invested an entire dime in the soundtrack to the film Flashdance.

Now I’ve yet to see the film, but after listening carefully to the seemingly-entire-movie-summarizing lyrics of Maniac, I feel like I have!

There are smile out loud moments throughout the running order:

-I’m convinced the Love Theme from Flashdance is a keyboard cover of Hotel California

-Whether it’s a cowbell or woodblock on Seduce Me Tonight, I gotta have more of it!

-If you can listen to the opening track, Flashdance…What a Feeling, especially the chanted background vocals, “I am Rhythm Now,” and somehow not feel better about the world? To borrow a Steven Tyler line, well Mr. You’re a Better man than I



Whenever I contemplate buying something, I inevitably think of the estimated Return on Investment (ROI).

The reason I’m so jazzed about this purchase (and maybe slightly saddened about all future purchases) is that I don’t think I’ll ever top the ROI found through Flashdance.

To get a bit formula-y:







So, like Mr. Burns, would I be happier keeping the money?

Not unless I can somehow find a better than 10,000% happiness return elsewhere.

What a feeling indeed!



LP stack white soundtracks – Version 2

This review was part of the November Film [Soundtrack] Festival, graciously hosted by my friend Bruce @ VinylConnection.

I can promise high happiness returns on your time invested checking out all the other soundtrack reviews at his site, enjoy!


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  1. Smiling out loud… feeling better about the world… OK. But did you break out into an epic dance? That’s what we all want to know.

  2. One word: Marvellous
    One emoji thingee: 🙂

    • Cheers Bruce – I appreciate both the kind word & emoji thingee!
      Not to mention your hosting of the series, it’s been a fun start to November!

  3. Ok enough of the math, my head hurts! 😉
    Seriously though, I watched Flashdance this summer…it had been a long time…and I thought it held up really well! Music’s great.

    • As a gesture of gratitude for all your wonderful logos Sarca, I solemnly swear to make my next review (relatively) formula-free!

  4. Ok. Gumball or Glashdance. Tough call.
    I think I’d go Flashdance too.

  5. You’d enjoy the movie. The cinematography is a treat and a few scenes are very memorable. I love the ROI. A 10,000% happiness return is most impressive indeed.

    • Thanks Danica – I think when I finally see the film, I’ll feel like I’ve seen it before. I think it’s one of those movies that’s been parodied so frequently that I’ll recognize many of the scenes already!

  6. That looks like a ‘sound’ investment…

    … I’ll get my coat.

  7. Excellent fancy-pants math post, but I say it was still $0.10 too much! 🙂

  8. Someone described the film as a long music video, and that is more or less accurate. But the dance sequences are amazing, understandably iconic. I don’t know how to link it here as I’m writing this on my phone but check out British comedian Robert Webb’s comic relief performance of What a Feeling if you can. It’s competent and hilarious. Imagine Marc Bolan in leotards…

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