Fire & Ice is the NEW Paramount show coming to you this month! We've searched our cd's, mp's, itunes, any kinda of music source we could for this show. We've found quite a few good tunes to dance to!
This month, one of the dancers is performing to a song she has always loved. If you recognize it, it's from the movie "Beverly Hills Cop.'
Glenn Frey, The Heat Is On
Here are some song facts for you to enjoy...
"The Heat Is On" is a song written by Harold Faltermeyer and Keith Forsey, and recorded by Glenn Frey for the American film Beverly Hills Cop (1984). The song was published as a single and as the fourth track of the album Beverly Hills Cop: Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack (1984).
According to Frey, he was invited to an early screening of the film, and about two months later was sent a demo of a song written by Keith Forsey and Harold Faltermeyer to be used in the film to see if he was interested in singing the song. Frey agreed, and recorded the vocal part in one day. The following day he played the guitar and recorded the background vocals, and was paid $15,000 for the work.
The mid-to-up-tempo recording featured a steady drumbeat, synthesizer, and guitar, with a repeated saxophone riff framing the lyrical message. The guitar solo is played by Frey himself.
The song became a major hit single, reaching No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in March 1985, behind "Can't Fight This Feeling" by REO Speedwagon. It was also popular internationally, reaching No. 2 two on the Australian Singles Chart in 1985 and gaining peaks of No. 8 on the Canadian Singles Chart and No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart. In the United States, it is the highest charting solo single by any member of the Eagles.
The music video for the song received heavy MTV airplay. It showed a film editor assembling scenes for Beverly Hills Cop while Frey and a band played the song in the adjacent room, with action scenes from the movie then directly interspersed.
Beverly Hills Cop starred Eddie Murphy as a cop from Detroit who shakes things up in California. Glenn Frey was born and raised in Detroit where he played in bands with names like The Mushrooms and Subterraneans before heading to Los Angeles and joining the Eagles. Another Detroit connection from the movie: Allee Willis, who wrote "Neutron Dance," is from Detroit and went to Mumford High School - notice that in the movie, Eddie Murphy wears a Mumford jacket.
This is a popular song at sporting events, as it lets the visiting team know they are coming under pressure. The St. Louis Cardinals and New York Mets have frequently played the song during home games, as have the Ottawa Senators of the NHL.
This was one of the biggest '80s hits with a prominent saxophone part, which was played by David Woodford, who is best known for his work with Aerosmith but has also played on songs by Chris Isaak, Rod Stewart and Aaron Neville. Woodford did not appear in the video, however. That part was played by Bev Dalke-Smith, who is an accomplished sax, flute and clarinet player.
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