Come on, get happy: Relive the theme song to the Susan Dey movie 'Looker'
For boys who grew up watching reruns of The Partridge Family in syndication, watching Susan Dey as Laurie no doubt produced feelings of butterflies and puppy love. In 1981, with the explosion of cable and HBO, it brought great anticipation to get a glimpse of a all grown up Dey in the thriller Looker.
The title song for Looker was performed by a L.A. new wave band called Sue Saad and the Next. In 1980, Sue Saad and the Next caught the ear of movie producers when their one and only self-titled album gain airplay and made it to No. 131 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
While a modest success at the box office, Looker was one of those movies that was constantly on cable in the early ‘80s and besides Dey, starred Albert Finney, James Coburn and even has an appearance by a pre-Wheel of Fortune Vanna White.
Written and directed by Michael Crichton, the themes of Looker are just as relevant today with the endless pursuit of physical perfection and the companies and advertisers that profit off vanity. The fan-based video sandwiches the song Looker in between a few great scenes that capture the essence of the movie.
The song Looker was also covered by Kim Carnes on her 1982 album Voyeur. Looker was co-written by Barry DeVorzon, best known for the ‘70s classic Nadia’s Theme.
A soundtrack for Looker was recorded but never released commercially and Sue Saad and the Next only other recording appearance was in the 1985 movie Radioactive Dreams. However, Amazon has scheduled their 1980 album is to be reissued this summer for the first time in the mp3 format.