B-Sides – Who Ya Gonna Call? Run DMC

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Everyone remembers Ray Parker, Jr.’s classic “Ghostbusters” theme song. But how many of you remember Run DMC’s “Ghostbusters Rap” from the ill-advised sequel? If ever there ever was an argument against not making a third Ghostbusters, this embarrassing music video is it.

Ghostbusters remains one of my all-time favorite movies. I’m not lying when I tell you I saw it 8 times in the theater as a little kid. I’m also not lying when I tell you that watching Ghostbusters 2 in a theater opening weekend remains to this day one of the most profoundly depressing experiences of my life. The sequel’s piss poor soundtrack also did the film no favors.

As if Bobby Brown’s terrible “On Our Own” wasn’t enough to make you run screaming in the opposite direction of the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack, with Run DMC rapping about ghostbustin’, what once was funny cool suddenly became the exact opposite. That Run DMC samples liberally from Ray Parker, Jr.’s “Ghostbusters” only further exacerbates what a tragic follow-up their rap is. Just look at these lyrics in print form.

All alone on the phone
so whassup with that noise?
The wife’s at work and I’m no jerk
and I just left my boys
{indecipherable} at school and I’m no fool
and I got no time to waste
So you get up and call, don’t trip and fall
Go outside and leave the place
Now it’s no dream because you seein’
a shadow in the night
But we will come and get it done
so don’t worry save your fright
Now there’s a group who likes to troop
and you know you can trust us
So don’t get nervous cause at your service

I don’t think the world would hear a theme song to a horror-tinged comedy this bad until Hammer’s “Addams Family Groove”. But that’s another B-Side for another weekend.

From the best forgotten Ghostbusters 2 comes the unforgettably rotten “Ghostbusters Rap” by Run DMC.

B-Sides - Who Ya Gonna Call? Run DMC

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  • kiddcapone

    I saw Ghostbusters in 1984 in the movie theater at least 10 times. It’s the only movie I saw more than 2 times in the theaters in my life. I LOVED it as a kid and still do. Classic!

    Ghostbusters 2 blows. It’s easily one of the worst sequels to a great film ever in the history of cinema. It’s an embarrassing unfunny epic failure in every sense of the word.

    • LSD Zombie

      Care to elaborate? Was it the slime? Viggo? What about the story disgusted you the most?

      • kiddcapone

        Everything. The slime concept was retarded. The whole bullshit about negativity makes it stronger. The jokes were extremely corny and lame. Covering the Statue of Liberty with slime and then it comes to life causing New Yorkers to have positive thoughts resulting in singing Auld Lang Syne to weaken and destroy Viggo is probably the worst writing in the history of cinema. The plot is so absurd and ridiculous whoever wrote that should never again be allowed to work in Hollywood again.

        Ghostbusters 2 is a perfect example of greedy fucks trying to cash in while the iron is hot. They clearly didn’t give a frog’s fat ass about making a quality flick, they just wanted to milk fans and ride off the original’s fanbase. It’s embarrassing. Same category as Exorcist 2, The Ring 2, Wayne’s World 2, Hangover 2, Caddyshack 2, etc. Hey, we made a shitload of cash, let’s pump out a quick sequel, it will make money regardless of good writing or quality.

  • Vanvance1

    Ghostbusters 2 was epically dissapointing. A lot of the time I feel movies that get sequels don’t need them, the story has been told the ideas sufficiently examined.

    In the case of Ghostbusters there was a lot that could have been done in a sequel… alas they didn’t do those things and now the window of opporunity is closed. If 3 does get made now it will have none of the flavour of the original.

  • LSD Zombie

    I still enjoy Ghostbusters 2 to this day as well. Was it better than the original? No, but that doesn’t disqualify it from being a good sequel. I’m a fan of the Temple of Doom too! Suck it Foy! 😉

  • DavidFullam

    Another reason to hate the sequel. Awful songs.

  • MagusMaleficus

    I like Ghostbusters 2 and I don’t give a fuck that others don’t. There, it’s been said. Carry on.

    • Foywonder

      I think Bill Murray yells the exact opposite every single time they try to get him to read the Ghostbuster 3 script.