John Carpenter‘s “Vortex” is the theme to the horror film that lurks in the dark corners of your subconscious.
A fine example of mid-80s motivational soundtrack rock, a staple of the class-conscious underdog sports movies of the era (see also The Karate Kid, Better Off Dead). I have to wonder if “Break the Ice” wasn’t written for a different movie: the story of a young man who spends every afternoon on a frozen over baseball diamond in suburban Toronto practicing extreme moves in his hockey skates.
There’s a club scene in the 1983 classic Valley Girl where Randy (played by Nick Cage) falls into the arms of his ex. On the stage of that club is The Plimsouls performing “A Million Miles Away.” I hadn’t heard the band before but quickly bought their self-titled album and it’s still in my Top 100 of all-time!