hmv.com presents… The Best Soundtracks Of All Time: Flashdance
With some great in-store offers starting this week on films and on film soundtracks as part our 'Decades' series, every day we'll be picking the best soundtrack, one for every year, starting with 1950 right through to the present day. Today we're up to 1983 and we're dancing along with the soundtrack to Flashdance...
Flashdance, an uplifting underdog story about steel mills and street dancing.
So what’s the film about?
18-year-old Alex (Jennifer Beals) dreams of being a professional dancer, yet she has no formal training and is stuck in Pittsburgh working two jobs. By day she grinds away as a welder in a steel mill; by night she’s an exotic dancer. She finds solace with the other aspiring performers who work in the cabaret bar as they hope to make it big.
One night she catches the eye of the mill’s owner (Michael Nouri), and the two slowly begin a relationship, as she also gathers the courage to audition for the prestigious Pittsburgh Conservatory of Dance and Repertory, despite feeling that she can’t possibly achieve such a task.
Is this a score or a soundtrack?
It's a soundtrack featuring 10 songs of upbeat 80s disco.
So who’s on it? Anyone I might know?
Probably. Some names you might recognise – Donna Summer, Irene Cara, Joe Esposito – but the big gun on here is electro pioneer and future Daft Punk collaborator Giorgio Moroder, who oversaw the soundtrack.
So which songs are on it? Did any of them become hits?
Being that the film often resembles a series of extended series of music videos, it’s not a surprise that it spawned a few massive hits in the golden era of MTV. Irene Cara’s 'Flashdance...What a Feeling' and 'Maniac' by Michael Sembello, both reached the top of the Billboard 100, and Joe Esposito also had a hit with 'Lady, Lady, Lady'.
What’s the best moment?
Alex’s final audition, where she finally gets to prove herself to the professional dance tutors, to the strains of "Flashdance...What a Feeling". It’s joyous, infectious scene that’s etched itself into the annals of popular culture.
Has it stood the test of time?
It’s very, very much of its time to be honest, but that doesn’t mean you can’t let your hair down and sing along into your hairbrush once in a while. You can download the soundtrack here in our digital store.