Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer

The Axel F electronic theme from Beverly Hills Cop by German musician Harold Faltermeyer is one of two music or background scores that has lodged itself in my head. The other one is the soundtrack of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly by Ennio Morricone. Faltermeyer is also instrumental, literally, for the Top Gun Anthem. According to an article on Wikipedia, Faltermeyer referred to Axel F as the "banana theme" because it was originally written for a particular scene in the film, the one where Detroit policeman Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) gives two Beverly Hills police officers, Detective William 'Billy' Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Detective Sergeant John Taggart (John Ashton), the slip by shoving bananas up the exhaust pipe of their car and stalling it. Instead, Axel F plays fairly throughout the movie. There's no escape from the BHC tune.

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