The original “Fame” from 1980 is legend, and as far as teen flicks go, it was fully awesome. It was all about being talented and ruling in New York. Mostly, it celebrated the glory of youth, “I’s young, I’s single, and I loves to mingle!” as Leroy put it.
The film launched a TV series, a musical play and countless copies. It also won a pile of awards including two Oscars. Best Music, Original Score, and Best Music, Original Song for the title track, “Fame.” So this 2009 updated remake due in theaters September 25th has a lot to live up to. As you may imagine, I am unimpressed so far. The remade theme song leaves something to be desired and clearly rips off Depeche Mode’s dope beat from “Personal Jesus.”
Jesus. Well, if you’re going to sample your way to success, especially when already following in the shadow of an original, you’d better pick a tough beat to do it with. So does this hit it?
Or quit it? Depeche Mode looks pretty damn good by comparison.
And don’t forget the original, “Fame.”