The Goonies 'R' Good Enough

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"The Goonies 'R' Good Enough"
Single by Cyndi Lauper
from the album The Goonies: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
B-side "What a Thrill"
Released June 6, 1985
Format 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl
Recorded 1984
Genre New wave, synthpop
Length 3:38
Label Portrait
Writer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Broughton Lunt, Arthur Stead
Producer(s) Cyndi Lauper, Lennie Petze
Certification Gold (Music Canada)
Cyndi Lauper singles chronology
"When You Were Mine"
(1985)
"Goonies 'R' Good Enough"
(1985)
"True Colors"
(1986)

"The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" is a song by American singer Cyndi Lauper. It was released as a single for The Goonies, a 1985 film which was released around the same time as the single. It was her fifth Top 10 single on the Hot 100.

Background[edit]

Before its inclusion on The Essential Cyndi Lauper in 2003, the song never appeared on any of Lauper's albums or the 1994 compilation Twelve Deadly Cyns...and Then Some. Lauper admitted in an interview with Matthew Rettenmund that she hated the song, which was why she had chosen not to include it on her first compilation.[1]

The song has been covered by a few artists, such as Bombones, Haruko Momoi, The Advantage, New Found Glory, and Tomoyuki Uchida. The song was featured in several iterations of Konami's Goonies video games, most notably the popular NES game Goonies II. It was also featured as an instrumental version in Pop'n Music 10.

Steven Spielberg had made Cyndi the musical director for The Goonies soundtrack. She sought out new bands to be included on the project including her friends, The Bangles.

The official title of the song is just "Good Enough", as is the way Cyndi had titled it when it was written and the way she announced it at concerts. She never said the 'new' title, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", at any concert. It was changed, only in name, because Warner Brothers Studio insisted that the marketing pointed towards the film and that is when "The Goonies 'R'" was tacked on to the title of the song.

Cyndi refused to play the song live after 1987. She finally incorporated it back into her live show during several dates in Australia in 2004. Fans kept requesting the song and Cyndi eventually sang the first verse and chorus a cappella. She has since incorporated the song back into her live set, due to overwhelming fan recognition.

In 2012, she recorded a parody version ("Taffy Butt") for the second season premiere episode of the Fox animated television series Bob's Burgers at her son's insistence as a fan of the series.[2]

Music video[edit]

There was also a two-part video shot for this song featuring World Wrestling Federation pro-wrestlers André the Giant, Captain Lou Albano, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Wendy Richter, The Fabulous Moolah, The Iron Sheik, Nikolai Volkoff, Freddie Blassie; Steven Spielberg; David Wolffe (Lauper's manager); The Goonies cast (except for Kerri Green, Anne Ramsey, Joe Pantoliano, Robert Davi and John Matuszak); and the then relatively unknown Bangles as a group of female pirates. Lauper's mother appears as "Cyndi's mother" and the "sea hag".

According to Cyndi Lauper, filming the music video was less than an enjoyable experience. Richard Donner, apparently, was a pushy director and wanted things done a certain way and forced Lauper to keep going, even when she was exhausted. In a behind-the-scenes documentary of the video, the viewer can see Donner being pushy and doing lots of takes on scenes.[citation needed]

Part 1 of the video debuted on MTV before The Goonies opened in theaters and Part 2 premiered on MTV after the movie opened. On the DVD of The Goonies, both parts have been spliced together to form one video with no chapter change in the middle of the two. Part 1 of the music video had an extended version released in Japan. The version included more commentary from the voice over during the opening sequence of the video and extended scenes inside the gas station and with the wrestlers.[3] Part 1 of the video almost didn't make it onto the DVD due to Warner Bros. inability to find the original negative of the video. They were ready to start pressing the DVD when someone at VH1 found an unused master copy of the tape that was sent to their network. In the nick of time, it was digitized and put on the DVD before pressing began.

Plot[edit]

Cyndi Lauper's character, referred to only as Cyndi, works at her parents' gas station, along with her friends Dave (Wolffe) and Wendi (Richter). Cyndi's Mom is baking cookies for gas station customers, and Wendi operates a vegetable stand (set up inside a miniature wrestling ring) outside the station. A group of creditors (Piper, Blassie, Sheik, and Volkoff) show up to evict them and take over the station. While they argue with Mom and Pop (Albano), an old woman (Moolah) shows up and closes down Wendi's vegetable stand, putting in a Benihana-like set-up in its place. While packing, Cyndi removes a picture from the wall, which reveals the entrance to an underground cavern. Searching through the cave, Cyndi finds a treasure map, and then encounters the Goonies (minus the character of Andy), who also have a copy of the map.

Soon after, they encounter a group of pirates (who look just like the creditors, though it is never said if they are the same people as the creditors), and a supposed green-faced witch. Cyndi runs away as the Goonies are captured by the pirates. Running through the caverns, she encounters several skeletons, and even some chefs who seem to work for the restaurant Benihana. Cyndi eventually finds herself trapped between the pirates and the green-faced witch on a log-bridge. Unsure what to do, she cries out: "Steven Spielberg, how do I get out of this one?" Strangely enough, the scene cuts to Spielberg in an editing room (he seems to be editing the video as it is happening). Spielberg stops the editing machine and begins to give a solution, before realizing that he doesn't know how to help Cyndi.

Cyndi, along with the Goonies, is captured and taken aboard a pirate ship. The pirates, along with the green-faced witch and some female pirates (the Bangles), party, while forcing the Goonies and Cyndi to prepare food for them. Also of note, is that Dave and Wendy (who had also gone into the cave to look for Cyndi) have also been captured (how they were captured is unknown), and tied to the mast of the ship. Eventually, Cyndi, Dave, Wendi, and the Goonies break free, and after finding some treasure on the ship, toss some of it to the pirates, who fight amongst themselves for it. After subduing the green-faced witch, the Goonies escape from the ship along with Cyndi and her friends, giving her the remaining treasure that they found.

Cyndi, along with Dave and Wendi, return through the cavern entrance in the gas station, armed with the extra treasure in hopes of appeasing the creditors. Despite all the treasure she offers, they still refuse. Cyndi then whistles, and in a cloud of smoke, André the Giant appears, and chases the creditors off (with Roddy Piper apparently breaking character, calling out to director Richard Donner, Spielberg, as well as Lauper and Wolffe that "the video wasn't supposed to end like this" before being assaulted by Andre). The family then celebrates their good fortune as the story draws to a close.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 8
Canadian Singles Chart 5
French Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 49
Italian Singles Chart[4] 17
Japanese Oricon International Chart[5] 1
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 42
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 22
US Billboard Hot 100 10
US Cash Box Top 100 Singles 25

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
USA Platinum 2,000,000
Japan Platinum 42,920
Canada Gold 50,000[6]
France - 120,000

Official versions and track listings[edit]

  1. Album version
  2. Dance remix
  3. Dub version
  4. Single version
  5. Hot Tracks Ultimix by Bradley D. Hinkle (Found on 4–8 of the Hot Tracks series)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rettenmund, Matthew (1996). Totally Awesome 80s: A Lexicon of the Music, Videos, Movies, TV Shows, Stars, and Trends of that Decadent Decade. Macmillan. p. 149. "...she was up front about why not all of her biggest hits were represented on her "best of," Twelve Deadly Cyns... and Then Some. With characteristic frankness, she grimaced when speaking of her number-ten movie theme hit, "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough": "I hated that. It was terrible."" 
  2. ^ Snierson, Dan (2012-02-21). "Hear Cyndi Lauper sing new version of 'Goonies' hit on 'Bob's Burgers' -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-03-13. 
  3. ^ London, Michael (1985-04-03). "Yuppie Rebellion Scores In Three Current Flicks". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  4. ^ Hitparadeitalia (1985). "Hitparadeitalia Chart". Hitparadeitalia Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  5. ^ Oricon (July 22, 1985). "Japan #1 IMPORT DISKS Chart". Oricon Charts. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  6. ^ Canadian Certification