The Gang Of Four / Karate Kid Connection

A reader in need writes in…

From: md
Sent: Sun 2/26/2006 5:49 AM
To: Stereogum
Subject: gang of four. karate kid. please help!!!

ok so i just found out that gang of four had a song on the original karate kid soundtrack. the title of song is “desire,” and i cant find it anywhere. not hype machine. not itunes store. not just good old fashion pirate downloading (and believe me i tried everything). i know the song probably sucks, but i just want to hear it for myself. please someone find it and post!!

sincerely,
waxing desire (on and off)

We’ll take on your challenge, mainly because it’s an excuse to write about William Zabka. He was perfect as the blonde bully in Karate Kid I and II AND Just One Of The Guys AND Back To School … all in a fuckin’ two year span! While the typecasting didn’t do wonders for his career, IMDB indicates that he’s still acting and speaks Czech fluently. And incidentally, the GoF song you speak of apparently takes place in the classic “Sweep the leg, Johnny!” climax.

[Fun fact via Wikipedia: The role of Sensei Kreese was originally written for Chuck Norris. Norris turned down the part since he would not consider having his name associated with a villainous character and did not like the idea of a karate dojo being depicted as villains.]

OK, back to Gang Of Four. “Desire” was clearly on The Karate Kid Original Movie Soundtrack.

1. Moment of Truth – Survivor
2. (Bop Bop) On the Beach – Jan & Dean
3. No Shelter – Broken Edge
4. Young Hearts – Commuter
5. (It Takes) Two to Tango – Paul Davis
6. Tough Love – Shandi
7. Rhythm Man
8. Feel the Night – Baxter Robertson
9. Desire – Gang of Four
10. You’re the Best – Joe Esposito

But curiously, it’s not in All Music Guide when you list “all Gang Of Four songs.”

Are the post-punk godfathers trying to cover up their participation in this great ’80s movie’s shitty soundtrack??? Do any of YOU have this tune??? Fear does not exist in this dojo, does it???! Post MP3 YouSendIt in the comments, or e-mail to us, so we can clear this mess up.

Finally, RIP Pat Morita. We hope you score high on the applause-o-meter during the dead-movie-people tribute at next Sunday’s Oscars.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Every Night I Die At Miyagis” (MP3 Link Expired)

(Yes, this is the song heard in the Sufjan/Pitchfork segment of the eminently quoatable Indie Clerk Assholes video.)