Say what you will about the first Friday the 13th film, but it was a cultural phenomenon. I will admit a certain attachment to the movie (yes, you can question my taste all you want), so I found this 20-minute documentary about Friday the 13th‘s conception, casting, and special effects fascinating:
The combination of Liza Minnelli and the Pet Shop Boys was strange enough for her 1989 album Results, but nothing prepared me to hear Minnelli recite William Shakespeare’s sonnet 94in its entirety at the end of the song “If There Was Love” (at the 5:02 mark if you want to skip ahead):
It’s hard to strictly categorize a string of down-tempo songs in the mid to late 1980s that prominently featured pianos. Despite the fact these songs crossed genres, they were all popular and got airplay on top-40 radio stations and even MTV.
To this day, parts of these songs give me goosebumps, particularly in Brenda Russell’s “Piano in the Dark” (1988).