One Hit Wonders of the ’80s: 1985 – Harold Faltermeyer

“Axel F” by Harold Faltermeyer

“Axel F” was the stereotypical ’80s song, as well as one of the most recognizable. It is the ultimate electronic song, and is synonymous with the first Beverly Hills Cop movie. The song title comes from the film’s main character’s name, Axel Foley (played by Eddie Murphy). You can’t help but recall the scene where Axel shoves the bananas up the tailpipe of the police car, which would cause it to stall, so they could not follow him.

The song became a worldwide hit, reaching #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US on June 1, 1985. The German musician, Harold Faltermeyer, worked on several soundtracks. In addition to Beverly Hills Cop, he also compsed a song from the movie Fletch – “Bit By Bit“, which was performed by Stephanie Mills.

After composing the music for Tango & Cash in 1989, Faltermeyer decided to return to Germany to raise his children. But, he has recently returned to the U.S., and composed the music for the 2010 Bruce Willis/Tracy Morgan movie Cop Out.

I don’t know if there will be another instrumental hit in the U.S. But, while we wait and see, let’s Return to the ’80s, and listen to “Axel F”:

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