Friday, February 17, 2012

Random Song of the Week: Are you Ready? -- Devo

Are You Ready?, more commonly known as Action Boy Now, Action Girl Now due to its inclusion on the soundtrack of Power Rangers: The Movie (1995), was performed by pop band Devo, best known for their 1980 hit Whip It (whip it good!). This song was featured in a fight scene that became the basic clip that was shown on Letterman, Leno, and all of the other talk shows of the day during the movie’s promotional push. The scene is also the first time you see the Power Rangers in full costume fighting in hand-to-hand combat in the film, and it’s incredibly staged with many gimmicky defeats of the villains and campy, wackadoo one-liners (Kimberly slapping two enemies together while saying “Kiss and make up!” comes to mind). These are probably the reasons why this song remains the most memorable of the songs in Power Rangers: The Movie and a nostalgic mainstay for 20-somethings today. I realize now that Power Rangers: The Movie will probably be looked upon as fondly by people born 10 years after me as Transformers: The Movie (1986) is looked upon by men of my generation – a movie that to all the world looks like a stupid nonsensical kids movie, but to those who grew up with it, it can do no wrong.

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