‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’: Top 5 Musical Moments
By Scott T. Sterling
In case you missed the breaking news, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is poised to set box offices aflame when it hits the big screen this week, and that’s not hyperbole, but scientific fact. Why else would it boast an all-out pre-release media blitz that’s permeated everything from highly effective TV car commercials to actual on-air news broadcasts? The movie is just that important, people. Ron Burgundy is kind of a big deal.
So on top of his obvious newscasting skills, Burgundy also knows music, such as his notorious abilities when it comes to rocking out on the “jazz flute in nightclub-crushing performances. He famously broke out his flute last year on an episode of Conan, when he first announced that Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues was indeed going to be a reality. So let’s take a look at the music moments in and around Anchorman 2.
5. Journey and Van Halen classics in the trailers
With a movie as high-profile as this second installment in the Anchorman franchise, trailers are very important (and a great way to get the studio to spend lots of money and remind you that you’re a very special person). For the clips promoting this sure-to-be life-changing experience, Paramount spared no expense for the music, using Journey’s perpetually popular “Don’t Stop Believin’” to soundtrack the movie’s first trailer. The song is also prominently featured in the second trailer, with a healthy dose of Van Halen fan favorite “Dance the Night Away,” in the mix. Next stop: south Detroit!
4. Green Day cameos
While not nearly as heavily hyped as the rap stars that also pop up in the movie (see No. 2), contemporary rock is well represented with all three members of Bay Area punk heroes Green Day making their presence known in the new Anchorman movie. We’ve got our fingers crossed that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong launches into expletive-laden tirade similar to his notorious onstage anti-Justin Bieber rant last year (and fast but funny moment in Judd Apatow’s This is 40, which also features Anchorman actor Paul Rudd). He’s just so funny when he’s angry.
3. The Yacht Rock-heavy soundtrack
Given the movie’s late ‘70s/early ‘80s setting, the soundtrack is power-packed with the smooth, “yacht rock” sounds of Kenny Loggins (“This is It”), Jay Ferguson (“Thunder Island”) and England Dan & John Ford Coley (“I’d Really Love to See You Tonight”) among them. Moving into the ‘80s, there’s glossy radio rock from former Babys singer John Waite (“Change”) and even proto-hip-hop, courtesy of Grandmaster Melle Mel’s eternal “White Lines.” Hall & Oates was too busy getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to return Ron’s call about adding a song, and he’s still pretty miffed about it.
2. Kanye West and Drake drop by in costume
The Anchorman sequel is one of those big-deal Hollywood events that attracts high-profile cameos in droves, even from the world of hip-hop. Kanye West was more than happy to attack Burgundy’s weatherman, Brick, with a hockey stick while simultaneously recalling the fresh shag haircut straight from his 808s & Heartbreak era. Drake’s appearance generated even more attention, getting fans and the media all hot and bothered when he filmed his scenes on the streets of New York while rocking a sweet Afro wig and thick sideburns. Oh, and one more thing: spoiler alert! You’re welcome.
1. Robin Thicke and Ron Burgundy duet on ‘Ride Like the Wind’
Look, Ron Burgundy is without a doubt the finest jazz flautist that the world has ever seen. It would be criminal not to showcase his God-given talents on the new movie’s soundtrack, which leads us to the album’s most inspired moment. Few songs define the term “Yacht Rock” quite as perfectly as “Ride Like the Wind,” one of the breakout hits by early ‘80s phenom Christopher Cross. Here, Robin Thicke has teamed up with Burgundy for an updated take on Cross’ 1980 smash, complete with a scorching jazz-flute solo from the man himself. In true Burgundy fashion, he gets terrifically stoned after smoking “a funny cigarette” with Thicke, eventually finding himself abandoned in a darkened recording studio. Where’s Michael McDonald when you really need him?