The music in the film is a good mix of 80's pop music.
During the scene when the tough guys are having a party, dressed as cave men, a song called "Everybody's Crazy" is playing in the background. It's a song by Michael Bolton, he did a hair band style rock album
back then of which this was the title track (pre adult contemporary cheese). I just thought it might be interesting because virtually nobody knows that he did such an album. [Thanks to Jason Fortier / Brad Duren]
Alice Cooper wrote a song for the "Back to School" soundtrack, but it was not included in the film. The song, titled "The Great American Success Story" is on his 1986 MCA album "Constrictor"
. [Thanks to Brad Duren]
It's a shame that Rodney Dangerfield's live (no lip synching like Ferris Bueller) rendition of 'Twist & Shout' wasn't included on the soundtrack...
...Well on second thoughts...
The following song tracks were featured in Back To School
:Track names in Bold are linked to a Soundtrack release.Back to school - Jude ColeEducated girl - Bobby CaldwellLearnin' and livin' - Tyson & SchwartzEverybody's crazy - Michael BoltonI'll never forget your face - Philip IngramTwist and shout - Rodney DangerfieldDead man's party - Oingo BoingoOn my way - Tyson & SchwartzRespect - Aretha FranklinAre We Missing Any?Song Trivia
Did you know that this 80's "tour de force" has spawned such a cult following that the popular alternative band SUM 41 used a scene from the film as inspiration for one of their videos? The video takes place at a diving meet, where the entire school body is in attendance, a la "Back to school", and the band performs the dives. This video is so true to form, there is even a William Zabka esque protagonist present. For me, the true genius lies in the final dive that the band attempts, but the spoiler stops here. If you're true "Back to school", fan, go home, sit in front of MTV for like four hours and you'll see it. -Thanks to Jason White
The Michael Bolton album was released in the U.S. I believe it was released in late 84 or early 85 under the same title, Everybody's Crazy. It was a big AOR hit in the mid 80's. -Thanks to Scott Egge
In the band, in the twist and shout sequence, the bass player and the drummer are actually the founding members of a country group "Highway 101",which had quite a few hits in the late 80's. -Thanks to Tytam92
Alice Cooper wrote a song for the "Back to School" soundtrack, but it was not included in the film. The song, titled "The Great American Success Story" is on his 1986 MCA album "Constrictor." -Thanks to Brad DurenAdd some more trivia about the songs used in Back To School
Robert Downey Jr. is superb as the 'eccentric' Derek Lutz...
Composer(s): Danny Elfman
Danny Elfman, who scored the film, also appeared in the movie with his band Oingo Boingo performing "Dead Man's Party" during the party scene. This track can be had on their "Dead Man's Party"
album. [Thanks to Meaghan Ross]
The following instrumental Score pieces were featured in Back To School
:Track names in Bold are linked to a Soundtrack release.Back to School OveratureDo Not Go Gently...The BrawlAction MedleyClassroom SecretaryTriple LindyLove SuitStudy MontageAre We Missing Any?Score Trivia
Danny Elfman also headed the rock group Oingo Boingo, which is why they made an appearance. The lead guitarist of the band, Steve Bartek, is also a composer and has orchestrated most of Elfman's films to date. -Thanks to Amy S.
Danny Elfman scored the film. Some of his other 80's credits includes "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
" (1985), "Fast Times at Ridgemont High
" (1986), "Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2" (1986), "Beetlejuice
" (1988), "Midnight Run
" (1989), "Batman
" (1989) and he was the man that scored the infamous main theme for The Simpsons (1989) TV series. Add some more trivia about the instrumental music used in Back To School