Popular actor Ben Affleck has served as the director of the excellent movie, “Air,” released on April 5th. The movie has one of the best soundtracks of all time. Affleck has revealed a battle in the legendary band Van Halen.
There are dozens of hit songs in “Air,” and it turns out that Affleck hand-picked them all himself without having the assistance of a music supervisor. The music, all from the early to mid 80s, moves along the story of how Michael Jordan became Nike’s sports mascot before he was even an NBA star perfectly. In fact, there are several nods to the theme from “Beverly Hills Cop.”
And it all works, just like in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. It’s unclear so far if there will be a CD or iTunes collection. If so, it would be a smash hit.
One song that should get a big push is one of my all time favorites: “Tempted,” by Squeeze, the most under-rated group in pop history. The great Squeeze duo Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford wrote the song. You can hear them and Elvis Costello singing back up on the record to Paul Carrack’s soulful lead. It’s one of the greatest pop songs of all time.
Fans have been wondering how “Tempted” from 1982 ended up being a part of the movie, “Air.”
Ben Affleck opens up on the matter
Affleck told Roger Friedman of Showbiz411 this week at the “Air” Party in New York that:
“Originally I had Jump by Van Halen in that spot. But you can’t license Jump or any Van Halen song. Apparently they’re all fighting with each other and no one can agree on anything. So we gave up. I’m much happier with Tempted anyway.”
“Air” stars Matt Damon, Affleck, who also directs, as well as fellow Oscar-winner Viola Davis, Chris Tucker, Jason Bateman and Marlon Wayans.
The film was produced by the “Good Will Hunting” stars’ new production company, Artists Equity and tells the story of how Nike signed Michael Jordan to a history-making endorsement deal for sneakers during his time on the Chicago Bulls in the 1980s.