Saturday, January 1, 2011


With all the free flowing grog in tradition with NYE celebrations, I thought this would be an apt posting for NY's day (and I know some of you may not want to see another drink for quite some time after last month's excessive bozing and eating). Cocktail the movie was directed by Roger Donalson with screenplay by Heywood Gould. It stars Tom Cruise, Bryan Brown and Elisabeth Shue. Not a Tom Cruise fan myself but I did watch the movie for Australian actor Bryan Brown (BB), who has performed in some outstanding movies and miniseries such as The Shiralee (one of my favourite Australian movies and I totally recommend you watch this heart wrenching film), Breaker Morant, F/X, Tai-Pan, The Thorn Birds and Australia.

In my opinion, if it wasn’t for BB, this movie would have been a total waste of money and it is no wonder that it got nominated for four Razzie Awards for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay, Worst Actor and Worst Director; winning the Worst Picture and Screenplay award.

It did however carry some memorable songs to come out of the late 1980’s including Kokomo (No. 1 in the United States, Japan and Australia charts in July 1988) and Don’t Worry, Be Happy; with some good old classics like Hippy Hippy Shake (originally by Chan Romero), Tutti Fruitti and Rave On! (originally by Sonny West).

I give this album 4 stars.

Cocktail 1988 – The Original Soundtrack

Side One

1. Wild Again – Starship (formerly 'Jefferson Starship')

2. Powerful Stuff – The Fabulous Thunderbirds

3. Since When – Robbie Nevil

4. Don't Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin

5. Hippy Hippy Shake – The Georgia Satellites

Side Two

1. Kokomo – The Beach Boys

2. Rave On! – John Cougar Mellencamp

3. All Shook Up – Ry Cooder

4. Oh, I Love You So – Preston Smith

5. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard



lugworm said...

Thanks Veen, lovely oldies, I suppose they are oldies again even from this movie. It's funny how our musical tastes get stuck in a groove and are content to stay there unless we give them a poke along. Even Lady Gaga will, one day, be a golden oldie!

Veen said...

Bob, I am trying to "audiolise" Lady Gaga as an oldie...sorry it ain't working, hahaha...