Cutting loose with Kenny Loggins
The king of the 80s anthems -- Kenny Loggins -- is our special guest this week on the Stuck in the 80s podcast. Loggins, who's coming to Tampa Bay to play Ruth Eckerd Hall on April 13, has a new album out ("How About Now") but he was more than happy to talk about his 80s classics with us.
We think it's the best celebrity interview we've done so far. Here's a taste of the interview:
On his transition from the 70s scene to 80s music: "What happened was the movies. During a time when disco was coming in and totally changing radio, I got lucky and took a big step left and went in to 'Caddyshack' and 'Footloose' and 'Top Gun.' That just kept the bread on the table for most of the 80s."
On writing "I'm Alright" for Caddyshack: "I saw was a rough cut for 'Caddyshack' before they had an ending -- which they barely had. I laughed my ass off. I loved that movie. For me it was the character of Danny -- the character that was trying to figure out where he fit. But at the same time he wanted people to leave him alone and let him find his own way. So I wanted to grab him and summarize that character and that's what 'I'm Alright' is doing.
On his favorite 80s tune: "I love to perform 'Footloose' because to me it's such a light-hearted tune. It's like doing a Chuck Berry song every night. I never get sick of it."
And here are some questions only answered if you listen to the show:
- Which up-and-coming star sang backup on "I'm Alright"?
- Where did Kenny get the bullwhip sound effect for "Don't Fight It"?
- Which of Kenny's big hits of the 80s did he say doesn't fare well over time?