Original Soundtrack

Just One of the Guys

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Another of many '80s risqué high school films, Just One of the Guys was a sleeper comedy about a girl (Terry) who goes undercover disguised as a guy to showcase journalistic talents otherwise overshadowed by her good looks. The accompanying soundtrack, which was limited to vinyl and cassette form, gives the movie its secure dating, with a post-disco, synth pop theme strictly for seekers of the obscure. This unrealistic but good-natured romp treated viewers to scene-stealing Willie and Phil, the inseparable intergalactic space nerds, and Buddy, Terry's insanely horny brother looking for his first score. Ironically, the album isn't graced with any James Brown, even though the film's love interest, Rick, worships the Godfather of Soul. Instead there's an abundance of glossy, upbeat dance tracks like Midnight Star's "Girls Got Something Boys Ain't Got" and Shalamar's title track, epitomizing vintage synthesizer resonance. Other rarities include the spoken techno "Thrills" by Greg French and "Jealous" by Berlin -- further saturating this album with a sugary keyboard flavoring customary for the decade's teen film genre. Providing a brief interlude is a surprising Ronnie Spector girl group throwback, "Tonight You're Mine Baby," notably produced by Paul Shaffer, and "Burning," a ballad by virtual unknowns Brock /Davis, who also perform onscreen as the prom band during the movie's climax. Overall, the soundtrack is a collectable memento for fans of the movie and for lovers of '80s kitsch not found on repetitive decade dance compilations.

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