Faltermeyer, Harold – Axel F

1980’s music – axel f NOT by that f… frog

OK, let’s get this straight.  This song bears no relation in any way, shape or form to that f**king awful frog thing that peddled its wares in the first decade of the new millennium.

Released by MCA Records of 72-74 Brewer St, London W1R 3PH in the w/e 23rd March 1985 this was the theme tune to the latest smash hit by Eddie Murphy, Beverley Hills Cop.

Of course, the song’s title is taken from the lead character, foul-mouthed Detroit cop on holiday in LA, Axel Foley.  Shrek’s mate Donkey apart, this is Murphy’s tour de force.  Nothing else that he has done quite matches up to it. But that’s my opinion and probably utter garbage.

Anyway, this ain’t no film review, so here goes: the track wasn’t initially a hit, having spent a few weeks in the lower reaches of the chart before disappearing, only to come back with a vengeance.

During this second spell in the chart it made its highest chart position of number 2. It was only the sheer brilliance of The Eurythmics’ There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart) that prevented from making number 1.

I bought it on 28th June 1985 and to my mind, it’s a twin to Crockett’s Theme by Jan Hammer which I also bought.

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