As I was driving home this evening, listening to one of the greatest movie soundtracks ever put together, it occurred to me that I have yet to write about the movie that spawned said soundtrack. This, denizens, is a travesty of epic proportions.
Seriously, Wayne’s World is one of the few movies from which I still consistently quote, even more than 20 years after its release (some might say that’s sad; I say it proves I’m completely committed to Sparkle Motion in ways that only true film geeks can understand). I adore Mike Myers in possibly unnatural ways…although not enough to forgive him for the third Austin Powers movie…and definitely not enough to even go near that Love Guru movie.
Of course, I love Austin Powers (mostly the second one, but some of the first). I also think that So I Married an Axe Murderer is one of the most brilliant comedies in existence. And, yes, I even own the first two Shrek movies. But? My heart belongs to Wayne Campbell.
[Loba Tangent: Hey, did you know that Patricia Tallman was Lara Flynn Boyle’s stunt double in that scene? Well, now you do.]
Simply put, Wayne Campbell and his best friend and co-host Garth Algar just worked. They worked right from the start as a Saturday Night Live skit all about two guys who obstinately refused to grow up, instead seeking refuge from a fast-paced, demanding world for which they had no use…in Wayne’s mother’s basement, of all places, playing TV hosts for a cable access channel in Aurora, Illinois, and not only tapping into the pop culture lexicon of that moment in time, but ultimately shaping it.
Plus, they interviewed Aerosmith.
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We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!
I can’t even call Wayne and Garth slackers, because they weren’t. They were doing exactly what they wanted to do…what they were meant to do. And they worked damned hard to be the very best cable access channel hosts they could possibly be. Plus, theirs was a humor instantly accessible to my generation. We immediately grasped their reverence and references and we loved them in ways that made us feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.
Enough pontificating. This is just a damn funny movie. It’s not the kind of movie that you have to be “in a mood” to watch. It’s the kind of movie that puts you in a better mood. It’s silly, it’s clever, it’s funny, it’s got Alice Cooper giving a history lesson and Rob Lowe as a slime ball and random Chris Farley and Tia Carrere in a “Ballroom Blitz” and Garth…Garth, adorable, wonderful Garth…and the Mirthmobile and Babe-raham Lincoln and sexy Bugs Bunny as a girl bunny and “She will be mine. Oh Yes, she will be mine” and Wayne and Garth dressed up like Laverne and Shirley and a million other moments that need to be captured and quoted and remembered and adored if only for the simple fact that when you watch this movie, you laugh and you forget about everything that makes Wayne and Garth stay in that basement, broadcasting their late-night show in the first place.
Plus, as I mentioned at the very beginning of this post, the soundtrack can still lift me straight out of whatever foul mood I might be in at the moment and send me skyrocketing into a far happier place. With names like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton, Black Sabbath…really, you’re just guaranteed a solid set of songs designed for rocking out. And, of course, the greatest song of them all…the one that the entirety of the universe knew by the time this movie was out of theaters. The one that I still know every word to, and will sing along (and bang my head at the duly appointed moment) whenever I hear it…the very song that made me realize that I needed more Freddie Mercury in my life…
Yes. Yes, I did just bang my head when I watched to this video. And I’m going to do it again as soon as I post this flashback. I suggest you do the same.
Party on, Wayne! Party on, Garth!