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November 22, 2013

Remember these scenes from Animal House?

I was a senior in high school 35 years ago when the greatest college party movie of all time came out. I still remember the sense of dread this then soon-to-be high school graduate had at the time.

I realized that I really wasn’t as prepared as I needed to be for college’s demanding social life.

“Louie Louie” and “Shout” provided the perfect backdrop for Animal House’s memorable party scenes. How many college students in 1978 felt compelled to strip the sheets from their beds and head to a toga party on campus that, of course, featured the musical soundtrack to Animal House? I’m thinking most of us.

Today, November 22nd, marks the 50th anniversary of the shooting death of John F. Kennedy in Dallas. And although Animal House never claimed to provide an historically accurate time capsule  of 1962 America, the year before our president was murdered, the movie was apparently based on the real-life fraternity antics of the writers around that period of time up while attending Dartmouth College.

At the very least, Animal House provides us with an accurate musical soundtrack of an exciting rock era. “Louie Louie” and “Shout” were both written in the late 1950s. But they didn’t become popular until the early 1960s, And then, thanks to a movie comedy classic, they became the music of choice at a lot of college parties in the late 1970s.

Which just goes to show you, classic rock music really is timeless. Sometimes all it takes is a popular movie or a significant moment in our country’s history to remind us of that.

What are your memories of Animal House and its music?


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