Bright Lights, Big City a bust but for the music
Just a few weeks ago, Michael J. Fox was in the news for receiving an apology from supermarket tabloid The Globe for inaccurate reports on his Parkinson's disease and failing health. The truth is nobody prefers to see Fox in a bad way, including 1988 with Bright Lights, Big City. But that doesn't mean we want to hear the great music from the movie including Donald Fagen's Century End.
After capturing America's heart as the comedic lead on Family Ties and Back to The Future, Michael J. Fox yearned for a more dramatic roles to avoid type-casting. After Light Of Day and more lightweight fare with Secret Of My Success, Fox looked towards Bright Lights, Big City as the movie to change his image. With a bid budget cast including Kiefer Sutherland, Phoebe Cates and this future wife Tracy Pollan, the stage was set for the next phase of Fox's career but Bright Lights, Big City tanked and got bad reviews as the unspoken truth was that no one wanted to see Fox on the screen fall into the pit of drug abuse and depression.
The job of capturing the mood of late '80s New York City nightlife was given to Donald Fagen with the smooth pleasing result of Century's End. The song reached No. 83 on the singles chart and the plain video doesn't feature the camera-shy Fagen but instead alternates between the busy streets of the Big Apple and a high-class yuppie couple on the make. Fagen continues to keep busy playing with his jazz/rock groups including Steely Dan.