The Back To The Future Theme Song Makes Everything Better (And Other Observations)

By David Wharton | 8 years ago

First a quick warning: there’s nothing crude or naked in the below video, but there is some hilarious, over-the-top violence. Don’t click play if you have a sensitive boss standing behind you. Also, shouldn’t you be working?

There are plenty of reasons to love the Back to the Future movies. It’s a great cast of characters, plenty of fun twists, hoverboards, a flying DeLorean, fun with time paradoxes, incest played for laughs, and a bitchin’ soundtrack. You’ve got two very catchy tunes by Huey Lewis and the News — “The Power of Love” and “Back in Time,” for the record — but you’ve also got an amazing score by Alan Silvestri. It’s got one of the best, most recognizable theme songs around, one that automatically makes any situation more dramatic. Hell, it can even make an already exciting scene that much better. Doubt us? Watch the video above, courtesy of Funny or Die.

It’s seriously kind of amazing how well the song works when dropped into RoboCop and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Especially the former, where the not-family-friendly sight of Dick Jones getting riddled with lead is capped off by the goofy OCP exec’s thumbs up to Murphy, which for some reason seems to fit the music perfectly. (Also, is it just me or do the arms on the falling Dick Jones’ puppet look way too long?) I’ve never even heard of Deadly Friend, but the sight of The Goonies/Throw Mama From the Train actress Anne Ramsey getting her head squished by a basketball is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

While we’re on the subject of Back to the Future observations, there are a couple of other insights into Robert Zemeckis’ beloved trilogy that we’ve run across recently. For instance, Family Guy addressed an issue I’ve been wondering about since the ‘80s: just how bad are George and Lorraine’s memories, anyway? You’d think that Calvin Klein guy would be more memorable…

Extra points awarded for the callback to Marty setting the living room rug fire.

Finally, one last amusing tidbit that pretty much speaks for itself. Subterfuge: Doc Brown doesn’t have it.