Ray Parker Jr. is best known as the singer and songwriter of the Ghostbusters theme song, but the musician has an entire career outside of the supernatural comedy. A new documentary titled Who You Gonna Call? is premiering at the Zurich Film Festival later this month, and in addition to spotlighting his work on Ghostbusters, it dives into the life and career of Ray Parker Jr., including his time spent growing up in Detroit and early years in music when he cut his teeth working with Stevie Wonder.
In conjunction with the film’s forthcoming debut, I was able to chat with Ray Parker Jr. to look back on the legacy of his key contribution to Ghostbusters, including a certain Academy Awards performance from 1985, the groundbreaking music video, previous versions of the theme song that never came to light, and plenty more about the beloved theme. In the full interview below, you can also find out why he turned down the chance to write the theme for Spaceballs and more. Read More »
The new Ghostbusters theme song from pop punk band Fall Out Boy featuring a rap interlude by Missy Elliott is nearly universally hated. Personally, I don’t think it’s flat out terrible, but it’s also not very good. However, one man thinks that if Sony Pictures would have called him, then he could have helped to give the song some ties to the original. That man is Ray Parker Jr. Find out what Ray Parker Jr says about the new Ghostbusters theme song after the jump. Read More »
Key and Peele is gone; take a moment to reflect on the show’s passing. The show’s lead duo, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele, pulled the old Police move, quitting the show while it was on top and in so doing allowing the five-season series to go out on a high note. The last two episodes aired last night, with quite a few memorable sketches.
One that is right in our wheelhouse is a terrific gag about Ray Parker Jr theme songs. Jordan Peele plays the man behind the hit Ghostbusters theme song, running through a whole batch of themes Parker wrote in secret, previously shared only with “the highest level of industry decision-makers.” No one ever bit on these tunes, because the literal theme song approach really doesn’t work for, say, 12 Years a Slave. Now, however, we can all enjoy them. Read More »
The Ghostbusters are joining Record Store Day. A limited edition vinyl pressing of the theme song is being release at the annual event. It’s the latest piece of awesome in the ongoing 30th anniversary of the classic comedy. Soon, there will be an official traveling art show, official Lego set and maybe even a new movie. Few will be as collectible, however, as this 10-inch, glow in the dark pressing of the Ray Parker Jr. theme song. It’s limited to 1,000 pieces and will be on sale April 19. Read More »