To celebrate love, I give you the most unabashedly happy song ever performed, and an excellent example of that stepchild of love songs: the long-distance love song.
I have a running list in my head of long-distance love songs, and it’s time I got it down onscreen. Please add to the list.
- “Walkin’ on Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves
- “All My Lovin'” – The Beatles
- “Honey Pie” – The Beatles
- “Leaving on a Jet Plane” – Peter, Paul and Mary (written by John Denver)
- “Babe” – Styx
- “So Far Away” – Carol King
- “Digital Getdown” – ‘NSync (seriously)
- “Rocket Man” – Elton John
- “Space Odyssey” – David Bowie
- “Every Time You Go Away” – Paul Young (written by Daryl Hall)
- “Please, Mr. Postman” – The Marvelettes
- “500 Miles” – The Proclaimers
It seems strange that we have yet to post about Valley Girl. It is such a Slumber Party Movie with a capital SPM that it actually has a slumber party scene in it.
This was the Slumber Party dress code in the 80s. Feety pajamas for all those under 12 and string bikini briefs and tanks for all those over.
I guess it’s like how the prettiest girl at school never gets asked to the prom. By the by, there is an epic prom scene in Valley Girl. How epic? The word ‘scarf’ is used as a verb, the prom king gets a face full of guacamole and, oh yes, pink and/or gray tuxedos…with tails.
I hope that corsage matches baby’s breath and feathered hair.
But for today, let’s just talk about Valley Girl–the love story. Watch it bloom in all its tubular glory here. Highlights: Nick Cage’s psychic chest hair that seems to predict the uprising of vajazzling, bathroom stalking and the most romantic moment in language barrier history. When Randy asks Julie to leave the party, she says, “I’m soooo sure.” He smiles and says, “Cool. I’ll meet you out front.”
Happy Valentine’s Day!