Track of the Week: Limahl / The NeverEnding Story (1984)

We’re stepping into the time machine and going back to 1984 for this edition of Track of the Week. The NeverEnding Story is certainly on most “best of” film lists of the 1980s, and it holds a place near and dear to many hearts (mine included). In fact, I’ve seen the movie dozens of times and it has yet to grow stale or lose any of its original magic. Part of that is due to the film’s score, which was written in large part by legendary producer Giorgio Moroder.

I didn’t actually know that Giorgio Moroder scored The NeverEnding Story until I decided on my track for the week and did some research. Now I can’t hear the title track without hearing his fingerprints all over the work! Is there anything that man can’t do? I also didn’t know that Limahl, formerly of Kajagoogoo sang the song. It was pretty much his one big hit as a solo artist, with the track charting in the top ten around the world.

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So there you have it, a little slice of pop perfection for this week’s special focus track. The NeverEnding Story is one of those films with a title track that’s just as iconic as the film, and I hope you’ve all enjoyed this trip down memory lane as much as I have (and maybe I wasn’t the only one that didn’t know some of the fun facts about the track!).

One thought on “Track of the Week: Limahl / The NeverEnding Story (1984)

  1. Yes yes YES! The NeverEnding Story! Hard to listen to and not get a little verklempt, heh. And Mandy Newton – how otherworldly, stunningly gorgeous is she in this footage?! Had to immediately do some research as well and found out that Mandy was Limahl’s backup singer at the time, and I guess she did a good portion of the lip sync television performances with him around that time. Beth Anderson is credited as the female vocalist for the American version of the song, but did not appear in the official music video for reasons I’m still not aware. Cool fact: Anderson’s first major hit was “Dance Dance Dance” which appeared in the 1983 film Scarface (scene where Octavio the Clown is gunned down) as well as on its soundtrack!

    Quick story: It was the summer before entering 8th grade when the movie came out. Saw it once with some friends, and they kind of made fun of it – toughguy 8th graders now and all. The bond Atreyu had with his horse (especially the chilling swamp scene) and later with Falkor really stuck with me. (I know there was a stage in my life when I was burning ants with magnifying glasses – perhaps this movie was a turning point for the love and respect I now have for animals!) Anyways, in efforts to see the movie again and avoid embarrassment, I jumped on my Huffy not once but THREE MORE TIMES, biked up to the theater and saw it by myself. One of the times I ended up chatting with a father who brought his daughter who happened to be about my age – my first hardcore crush ever, lol.

    Just as well that the father sat in between us, as I’m sure I wouldn’t have known what to say to her or how to act in order to save my life. =)

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