Last Recast, we looked at film with an excellent score and added some licensed music to spice it up with mixed results. This time around we'll look at one of the arguably worst licensed soundtracks of any film, Ghostbusters 2. Now, keep in mind, we're not saying we don't appreciate Randy Edelman's score here but the soundtrack is such a ugly sign of its times it's in need of some serious work. This is Recast, in which we appoint ourselves soundtrack supervisors of existing films.
Replace Run-D.M.C.'s "Ghostbusters" with: Ray Parker Jr.'s original "Ghostbusters" theme. Whoever decided one of the most recognized theme songs of the '80s needed to be updated by a rap group should be found and retroactively fired. Just because Ghostbusters 2 is a sequel doesn't mean the theme song (which isn't played as often as you'd think in the movie) needs to be changed.
Replace Bobby Brown's "On Our Own" with: Bruce Springsteen's "Out on the Street." The scene where the Ghostbusters are escorted out of the restaurant and to the mayor's office shows a large shift in the narrative focus and it's accented with one of the worst songs in the movie. Top that off with the song's reprise when the Ghostbusters are released from the mental asylum to a cheering crowd and this is incredibly ill fitting. In order to fix this we need to liven it up a bit, and "Out on the Street" is perfect. It captures the feeling of progression as well as good-natured fun. If nothing else, the song feels like it might as well be somewhere in a Ghostbusters movie.
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Replace Glenn Grey's "Flip City" with: Adam and the Ants' "Dog Eat Dog." We can't think of a worse fit for the moment in Ghostbusters 2 when everything goes haywire than "Flip City." The song is terrible as it is, but as a showcase to ghosts going crazy on the screen it makes an otherwise exciting scene total junk. Slide in "Dog Eat Dog" and you get a catchy pop tune that still exudes a bit of creepiness while keeping the tempo high.
Replace Howard Huntsberry's "Higher and Higher" with: John Lennon's "Power to the People." If you were going to animate the Statue of Liberty and inspire New York with positivity what song would you use? Probably not "Higher and Higher." We'd argue "Power to the People" works a hell of a lot better, especially in the dancing toaster scene. Sure, it's not exactly the greatest song in the world, but it's uplifting and over the top enough to fit in a movie like Ghostbusters 2.
Replace Doug E. Fresh's "Spirit" with: Johnny Cash's version of "Ghost Riders in the Sky." "Spirit" begins at the closing credits of the film, leaving a bad taste in your mouth (more so than the film itself). It might be nice to close out the story of the Ghostbusters with something a bit more epic, you know, like "Ghost Riders in the Sky." On top of being a fantastic song, it exemplifies the cowboy driven attitude of the Ghostbusters in general. Yipee-ya-yay.