Not every movie soundtrack classic brings the happiest memories
As proof that '80s movie soundtracks were the best, we are extending the 4th annual Movie Week with a bonus second week of songs featured in '80s flicks. While most movies and their songs are fun, many take a serious tone and even honor the fallen like Peter Gabriel's nod to Steven Biko from the movie Cry Freedom.
In 1980, Biko was the last track on Peter Gabriel's critically hailed self-titled third solo album and was released as a single making it to No. 38 on the U.K. charts. Gabriel with his alliance with Amnesty International continued to bring the song to audiences about South African Biko, who was arrested in 1977 and died almost one month later after police brutalized him and refused to offer medical services in their interrogation of the anti-apartheid activist. Biko's story was brought to life by Sir Richard Attenborough in 1987's Cry Freedom that garnered the first Oscar nomination for a young Denzel Washington as Biko and also featured Kevin Kline as journalist Don Woods who tries to trace Biko's last days.
Biko was also used in season one of Miami Vice and Gabriel holds the distinction as the artist most featured on Miami Vice with seven different appearances on the show. Gabriel is now on Rock, Paper, Scissors tour with Sting that will visit North America this summer.