Although 1986’s Big Trouble in Little China underperformed at the box office during its theatrical run, the film has deservedly gone on to become a huge cult success. The film’s enduring appeal can be credited to John Carpenter’s taut direction, Kurt Russell’s blustery performance as the John Wayne-esque Jack Burton and a smart script that mixes elements of comedy, kung fu schlock and sci-fi. Upon viewing this flick, only the most unreasonable amongst you would deny that Carpenter is a masterful director. But a decent singer? Not so much. So in honor of the film celebrating its 30th birthday today, we thought we’d present this video from the Big Trouble in Little China soundtrack that showcases the musical stylings of Carpenter’s band, The Coupe de Villes:
Yikes. This is noteworthy for Big Trouble fans as it does feature some rare Lo-Pan footage and it’s fun to hear any song about the movie. Even if it is a terrible one. (And no that’s not Adam Sandler as The Coupe de Villes’ keyboard player, though it looks exactly like him). This was Carpenter’s only foray into the world of rock video, so count your blessings that we were spared a grunge-themed lament about Snake Plissken on the Escape from L.A. soundtrack.
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