Which seems more dangerous: King Kobra or Iron Eagle?
Hello again! For a few months, the Lost and Found blog feature on Stuck in the '80s had to take a back seat to work obligations, but it's time to get back to what we love doing - profiling the lost songs and videos of the '80s. Hopefully you missed us while we were gone and we hope to come back on a regular basis because like King Kobra - we never say die.
With Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opening open last week, it signaled the beginning of the summer movie season so I figured it's time for a special week of one of my favorite subgenres of '80s music - lost soundtrack songs. Today we kick off Movie Week with the Iron Eagle (Never Say Die) by King Kobra.
Top Gun may have been the dogfight movie of 1986 but four months before Goose and Maverick felt the need for speed, Iron Eagle was in the theatres starring Louis Gossett Jr. as Colonel Chappy and Jason Gedrick as a teen looking to rescue his captured fighter pilot dad. The movie boasts an impressive soundtrack and the video for Iron Eagle is a great mix of movie promotion and showcase for King Kobra.
In the video for Iron Eagle, King Kobra goes all out even getting their metal hair cut for their music video military training. The video is made even better with the steady presence and motivational speeches by Oscar-winning Gossett Jr.
King Kobra was formed in L.A. during the mid-'80s by drumming legend Carmen Appice in between his stint as Ozzy Osbourne's drummer and forming the band Blue Murder. The band broke up in 1988 and lead singer Mark Free shocked many when by 1994, he completed his sex change operation and became Marcie Free.
While the video for Iron Eagle is a gem, the song never charted. For trivia buffs, the song was co-written by Jake Hooker, who as a member of the Arrows in the '70s co-wrote a little song called I Love Rock N Roll that became one of the most iconic songs of the '80s. During the '80s, Hooker was married to actress/singer Lorna Luft, who appeared in Grease 2 but is more widely known as Judy Garland's daughter and Liza Minelli's step-sister.