Day 251: St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)

Song: “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” by John Parr
Reached #1: September 7, 1985 (his first, 2 weeks)

The Brat Pack’s National Anthem?

Despite the fact that the song is plastered with the title of the Brat Pack film for which it was the lead soundtrack single, “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion)” was not written for the movie.

At least, not the first draft.  Originally, Parr and David Foster wrote“Man In Motion” for paraathlete Rick Hansen, who was touring his native Canada to raise money for spinal cord injury research.  However, when the producers of St. Elmo’s Fire came calling, Parr fitted the song to the title, and rode it to his one big hit.  Parr had previously had a middling hit, “Naughty Naughty”, but for all intents and purposes is a one-hit wonder. 

Parr’s career pretty much ended – the first time – in 1989.  He returned to rock music in 2002, mostly riding nostalgia for the ‘80s.  Parr reworked “Fire” again in 2012 – this time to pay tribute to an athlete… which landed Parr on ESPN’s SportsNation.  The new track, “Tim Tebow’s Fire”, was part of ESPN’s all-Tebow all-the-time coverage of the NFL, and quickly went viral in the winter of 2012.  So… here it is…

You can Tebow if you want to… no, wrong song…

I liked “Fire”, but wasn’t a fan of the overly-contrived video, where the seven Brat Packers had to pretend they had some idea who this mid-level rocker was… it may have been some of their best acting…

So what ever happened to the Fire gang, anyway?  Same thing that happens to a lot of older actors (they’re all in their fifties now).  The good parts dry up, and the actors either disappear or do TV.  Or they become Demi Moore.  Your mileage may vary.

Tomorrow, a Jersey boy takes time away from his band to release a solo hit.  Not the one you’re probably thinking of, either…

No other songs reached #1 on September 7.


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