So, this countdown is about MY TOP 10:  Fictional Bands and what songs best represent those bands.  I’m going to throw in about 5 BONUSES throughout this countdown as well.  It’s a fun one in a different kind a way (MY TOP 10s are always fun, aren’t they?), so I’m going to be a little looser with it.  I’m going to go girl-boy-girl-boy as much as I can, so this time around the men will be on top.  I’ve  let the women lead more than a few times, so turnabout is fair play. 

10. Big Fun “Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It)”

This is one of the songs from one of my all-time favorite films, Heathers.  It could be said to be the theme.  For those who don’t know it, it’s a dark comedy that geniusly examines teenage suicide, popularity, peer pressure and peer groups.  The writer created his own slang language for the characters, which made the film timeless.  The outfits are dated, though.  Very ’90s.  That said, this is about the music.  So, Big Fun is the fictional band in the film with the hit song “Teenage Suicide (Don’t Do It)” which plays as the backdrop to the film as the characters listen to it and discuss it amidst all the craziness that ensues.

Though  I could not find a proper music video, I did find a video on YouTube that someone pieced together with scenes from the film.  Thanks to them for that.  Not sure if you ever hear the full song in the film, but it should, definitely, be on the soundtrack.  So, check out the film, the soundtrack, and the video below.

***BONUS*** Clubfeet “Teenage Suicide”

I happened upon this video.  Had never heard of Clubfeet.  But, the Heathers song is the obvious inspiration.  Enjoy.


10. Boy Meets Girl “Bring Down the Moon”

Boy Meets Girl was made up of George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam.  Prominent producers in the late 1980s, they created hits for the likes of Whitney Houston and Deniece Williams before releasing their own material.  I discovered them on Casy Casem’s Top 40 at the time.  Sounding like easy listening; makes me think easy listening gets a bad rap.  I bought the tape and, boy, did I play it out.  I still have it.  I just haven’t played it in years.  This makes me want to go back and revisit it.

“Bring Down The Moon” was actually the second and last single from their second full release, Reel Life.  The first was “Waiting For A Star To Fall,” their only top five hit.  They sounded very much in love on this record.  Married then, they divorced later, but continued to make music together.

Luscious and balanced male/female harmonies mixed with rich instrumental and synthesized sounds created sweet songs that flowed like honey and converged like chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers (otherwise known as s’mores).  Reel Life was a nice collection of romantic songs that showcased emotional depth and an interesting interplay between two well-contrasted vocalists.  A romantic story unfolded through melodic vignettes that could be played beginning to end. 

I’ll admit this has a pop sensibility.  What makes it different is the boy/girl thing and the easy listening/adult contemporary angle.  With only two singles from this album, it was hard for me to choose one.  I like “Bring Down The Moon” over “Waiting For A Star To Fall,” but you’ll get them both today.  Enjoy!