Fame

In 1980, when Fame literally tapped into pop culture, the marriage of film and music was at its peak, with Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Urban Cowboy paving the way, and Flashdance and Footloose w

In 1980, when Fame literally tapped into pop culture, the marriage of film and music was at its peak, with Grease, Saturday Night Fever, and Urban Cowboy paving the way, and Flashdance and Footloose waiting in the wings. Some 23 years later, the compositions that gave the flick its flair stand up as more than rhythmic reminders of bygone innocence. Michael Gore's "Out Here on My Own," sung by Irene Cara, remains as simplistic and memorable a statement of isolation as has ever been written, while the Oscar-winning title track, downtown romp "Hot Lunch Jam," and steeple-chasing "I Sing the Body Electric" could put up dukes with the baddest beat box in hip-hop and walk away proud. Also featured are three bonus tracks, including the previously unreleased "Miles From Here." No doubt, this digitally remastered reissue's greatest appeal lies with those on board the first time; for us, this Fame is hardly fleeting (a Warner Home Video DVD arrives June 3).—CT