The maniacally overblown anthem, synonymous with the movie and video game, is a handy encapsulation of the rise and fall of techno music. Yet all these years later, we still can’t get enough of it.
In his early films, Hughes’ soundtracks didn’t capture an era — they defined it. Especially the songs on this one.
Thirty-one years after the Purple One’s weirdest No. 1 smash ruled radio, we’re still not sure if it’s terrible or avant-garde. But there’s never been anything like it.