The Drama That Haunts The Original Ghostbusters Theme Song.

With the upcoming Ghostbusters installment and given the amount of vacuous crap we read in a day and the release of the Fall Out Boy/Missy Elliott theme song remake, I’m surprised I haven’t seen any websites reminiscing about the feud behind the original Ghostbusters theme song.

So I’ll do the honors.

Once upon a time, Ray Parker Jr. was given 3 days to come up with a theme song for the movie…then one day he happened to be watching TV, he saw a commercial and the idea just came to him! Click here for a detailed backstory.

The problem with that alibi is the time line. The studios had apparently approached Huey Lewis to do the theme song first and the finished product sounded an awful lot like “I Want A New Drug”.

Check out this mashup.

So Huey sued, they settled out of court for a certain amount along with the stipulation that Huey would never talk about it again…then in ’02 Huey laid it out on VH1’s Behind The Music that he had been ripped off, the label knew it so they paid him 5 million not to talk.

Then Ray Parker sued Huey! Not kidding. For the “emotional and psychological stress due to these false and inflammatory statements” aka, outing him.

At the end of the day, it sounds like the label/studio set Ray up and it all just went sideways.

The End.

What’s your take? Feel free to comment or email, red@slacker.com and let me know what you think of the new song!

Ps – Another shout out to ledgernote.com for such a great synopsis of what went down and for reminding about the Key & Peele sketch. So damn funny. Let’s hope Ray doesn’t sue them too.