'Let My Love Open the Door' or How I Know When a Movie Is Nearly Over
mbailey at netsoltek.co.uk
Fri Dec 28 07:37:45 CST 2007
Brian in Atlanta quoted:
>From Glide Magazine: <http://tinyurl.com/2klhhg>
When I first read what this guy said, I agreed with most of what he was saying. I was shocked by the response it's since had.
> 'Let My Love Open the Door' or How I Know When a Movie Is Nearly Over
Firstly, this may be a late entry, but surely Brian must win the prize for "Best Subject Line of 2007" award? (Runner up: when Honeybee met Roger.)
> By Warren Miller
> In January 1965, The Who released its first hit single, "I Can't Explain," blah blah blah
This guy starts by doing a respectful appraisal of Pete's accomplishments. This guy seems to know what he's talking about. Certainly not a "cock".
> Since then, the song has permeated a myriad of movie soundtracks, trailers, and television commercials, including Look Who's Talking (1989); Grosse Pointe Blank (1997); Mr. Deeds (2002); Along
> Came Polly (2004); Jersey Girl (2004); Evan Almighty (2007); and JC Penney's 2004 holiday ad campaign. Most recently, the song was covered by Norwegian singer/songwriter Sondre Lerche for
> inclusion in Steve Carrell's Dan In Real Life.
Can't argue with those facts - these wimpy films are attracted to this wimpy song like a wimpy magnet.
> Nor will I criticize the man for contradicting himself after writing, "I hope I die before I get old," yet performing well into his 60s.
OK, so that was a stupid comment.
> But I feel obligated to ridicule his most commercial and contrived tune.
> "Let My Love Open the Door" is such a lame song!
I've gotta agree with him. It is just a simple pop song. A nice enough song, don't get me wrong (I don't dislike it at all). But it is just simple, wimpy, 80s pop.
> it's far too hokey and saccharine
Gotta agree. Two good descriptions.
> "When everything feels all over" with "I'll give you a four-leaf clover" is inexcusable.
Yep. That's a terrible line there.
I agree with this guy's sentiments. LMLOTD may be the most commercially-accessible song Pete has ever written. And, as such, it's been commercialised to death.
It's certainly not one of his better songs. I remember whincing when I first heard the end of Look Who's Talking - it was so, well, hokey and saccharine. Surely we would all prefer to see a wider selection of Pete's better songs being used in films, rather than the same wimpy song again and again?
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