'Let My Love Open the Door' or How I Know When a Movie Is Nearly Over

Martin Bailey 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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