Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Robert Tepper -- "No Easy Way Out"

No Easy Way Out - Rocky IV (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

(Debuted January 26, 1986, Peaked #22, 16 Weeks on the Chart)

Among the songs from the film Rocky IV, "Burning Heart" and "Living in America" were both bigger hits. However, neither of them was as good as "No Easy Way Out," and in my opinion, neither was given as good a scene in the movie as the montage where the hero drives around in his Lamborghini trying to get over the death of his friend Apollo Creed. While it wasn't quite as good as the scene where he runs to the top of a mountain and trains in the uncompromising winter cold in order to get the chance to kick some steroid-injected commie ass, it's a scene that evokes an era where a well-placed song (preferably upbeat) can help a montage tell a story. 

Come to think of it, that is something that died in the movies shortly after MTV began cutting back on showing music videos all day in favor for regular programs. Coincidence?

I thought it was great song at the time, and it would pop up in the weight room at my high school for the next several years as we worked out for the football team. In fact, that was a great song to hear while working out.

Despite being seen as a newcomer, Tepper had previously co-written a song called "Into the Night" with fellow One-Hit artist Benny Mardones. The New Jersey native received little support from his record company after Rocky IV left the movie theaters, however.

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