Us lying in the blood was one of the last scenes shot for the movie and I remember being worried, not because of the blood, but because it was going to be cold. Stanley was such a perfectionist and had planned exactly how he was going to pour the blood over us, so our main concern was just staying really, really still. We only had one set of blue dresses, so we had to get it right the first time otherwise the blood would ruin the dresses. I remember that was very challenging for Stanley because he liked to do many takes.
There are a ton of fun performances in Back to the Future, but one of the most beloved cameos comes from Huey Lewis of Huey Lewis and the News. On top of appearing in the movie, his band also has a song in it.
According to Lewis, he almost didn’t take the gig because of the film’s title even after meeting with Stephen Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. However, he finally relented. He told USA Today :
I told Bob [Zemeckis] that the next thing I wrote, I’d send to him. So we wrote Power of Love. I had not read the script or seen the film. And they used it perfectly. I didn’t even think it was going to work, so to their credit, it did.
Madolyn Smith Osborne as Pam in Urban Cowboy, 1980. ?? ??
Tight jeans, mechanical bulls, and country music; everyone remembers where they were when Urban Cowboy was released and changed the landscape of pop culture for good. Whether you saw it in a theater and went out to buy a cowboy hat or just had a closeted obsession with country music, this movie affected us all.
The film pretty much brought the western wear scene front and center, it turned plaid shirts into a way of life, and showed that John Travolta wasn’ just some flash in the pan.
However, the same can’t be said for co-star Madolyn Smith Osborne. She’s great in the film but by the end of the ’80s she dropped off the screen to live a normal life.
A teenage fan in the moment at an Elvis Presley concert, 1957 ??
There’s never been anything as pop culturally ground breaking as Elvis Presley’s early years. His career was like that of a comet – it passed by Earth for a brief flicker and astounded everyone who saw.
Teenage girls were especially fans of Presley’s. His performances elicited shrieks and yowls from the audience, making it impossible to hear anything from the stage. Can you blame them? No one had ever catered to young women before and all of a sudden here comes this hunka-hunka burning love.
Presley’s performances didn’t endear him to parents, but they generated controversy within the press and media, thus making him popular with teens. It was the first time this kind of media blitz happened, but it wouldn’t be the last.
The Temptations looking groovy in 1964. ??
The Temptations are one of the most legendary acts of all time. Not only are they one of the most important groups from Motown’s golden era, but they’re easily the most influential R&B group that’s ever existed.
Even so, The Temptations weren’t immediately popular. It took them eight different singles to gain traction, something that just wouldn’t happen today. So how did the band finally score a hit? Versatility. Writer/producer Narada Michael Walden explains: