Vinyl Dynamite #11: Meatballs
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I went to the flea market with my dad last week. As we poured through the bins of old vinyl, he kept handing me great albums by The Doors, The Byrds, Steely Dan, etc. and I kept saying "no thanks" and picked up the Meatballs soundtrack instead.
"Why in the hell would you choose the soundtrack to Meatballs over these classic albums?" he wanted to know. This really gets to the heart of why one collects records in the first place. It has a lot to do with getting something that you can't just download from iTunes or buy in a store. Meatballs has been long out of print, and here it is in my hands. It has the rare extended dance version of "Makin' It" - the shorter version of the song went gold and spawned a sitcom.
The album also features songs by Mary "Torn Between Two Lovers" McGregor and Rick "Disco Duck" Dees; however, my favorite may be the "C.I.T. Song" simply for the fond memories of singing it over and over with my friends back in '79:
We are the CIT's so pity us,
the kids are brats the food is hideous.
We're gonna smoke and drink and fool around.
We're nookie bound.
We're the North Star CIT's.
By the way, C.I.T. stands for "counsellors-in-training"
And who can forget the opening song "Are You Ready for the Summer" by the Camp North Star Kids Chorus? Bill Murray's dialogue within the song is pretty hilarious.