The Five Most Culturally Significant Wayne's World Songs
If you're under the age of 40 and have head-banged to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" -- which came out in 1975 -- you've probably been influenced by the 1992 classic (?) SNL-spin-off comedy Wayne's World. But that's not its only banger; in fact, seemingly the entire soundtrack infiltrated the musical culture of generation X and beyond.
This year, the film turns 21, finally legal to drink, and the cast and crew is celebrating with a screening and discussion tonight at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (It's sold out, but a standby line will form at 5:30 p.m.) In honor of the movie that made us all bow down to Alice Cooper and the Fender Stratocaster, here are the five most culturally significant songs from its totally amazing, excellent soundtrack. Party on.
5) Tia Carrere's "Ballroom Blitz"
Originally recorded by British rock band The Sweet in 1973 and later covered by punk bands The Rezillos, The Damned and The Buzzcocks, among dozens of others, "Ballroom Blitz" was arguably best performed by Cassandra (Tia Carrere) of the fictonal Wayne's World band, Crucial Taunt. Her high-pitched shrieking and howling gives the sing-along a whole new urgency as it leads the movie into its climactic series of multiple-choice endings -- including the Scooby Doo variation.