Hardbodies (definition) noun
1) the little foxes down at the beach
Say kids, take a lesson from main character Scotty Palmer (Grant Cramer) in this 1984 busty-bikini flick. Scotty is a local bodacious-beach-bum that undoubtedly understands life better than most people i’ve met. When Scotty isn’t spending his days defending his home shore from dweebs, geeks and weirdos, he’s scoring local beauties up and down the beach and most importantly…keeping it rad. If you’re looking for Oscar-worthy acting and groundbreaking film making, don’t go any where near this film. But if buxom babes, beer-drenched beach parties and a juicy soundtrack with songs from all-girl, hair band Vixen are any where near the top of your list, get out and pick up the triumph that is Hardbodies.
Honestly, how can you go wrong with a film that delivers full-frontal nudity before the end of the opening credits (see above clip)! For your enjoyment, here’s the theme song from the exceedingly rare soundtrack (thanks Phaota).
He’s 50% of The Outrunners and 100% flying through hyperspace to greet us with his debut EP, ‘Visions’. His name is Stephen Falken, a member of the spectacular Valerie Collective, and he’s here to defy the laws of time and space. His music feels like warm waves of neon meeting the spirit of John Carpenter on a dark cloud of enlightenment, making it the best early 80’s movie score you’ve never heard. It’s the precise background music for chasing a girl in your Ferrari, playing a game of cat & mouse that lasts till 4 a.m., driving at full speed only to find each other at the edge of the earth..
Listening to this 4-song album is like hearing pure light. I like to imagine this type of music being created in one of those 70’s/80’s control rooms or space stations, with blinking lights, switches and monitors stacked higher than the eye can see.
John Hughes 1950 – 2009
The Breakfast Club
Pretty in Pink
Ferris Bueler’s Day Off
Some Kind of Wonderful
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
The Great Outdoors
…just to name a few. Writer, director and producer John Hughes was able to charm an audience and enter the heart of the young like no other. He got what it was like to be a teenager and the effect of his films still resonate with so many people, including myself. I encourage anyone who’s a fan of John’s movies to read a recent tribute to him entitled Sincerely, John Hughes. This touching story about a girl who wrote letters back and forth to John also goes on to explain why he left Hollywood and about how a big reason behind his decision to give it all up was that “they” (Hollywood) had “killed” his friend, John Candy, by greedily working him too hard.
Here’s a beautiful piece of music by The Dream Academy from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. I’ve been waiting to post this on here for a while. You’ll vividly remember the scene when you hear the song.
UNCLE TNUC, descendant of Uncle Buck.
Here’s an additional pizza commercial memory that I can’t believe I left out yesterday. If you had monumental plans, goals or dreams for the future, better take a rain check. Apparently the key to the future is, well, PIZZA. So brace yourself for flying cars, steamy streets of fog and authorities wearing robotic-talking hats. Best part is, you don’t have to wait long. All this comes in six short years!