Ray Parker, Jr., 1984
Who ya gonna call? Okay, so this year is the 30th anniversary of the movie (and eponymous song) Ghostbusters. That means people have been swaggin’ with, “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!” since I can remember Halloween. Here a few fun facts:
- By “fun” facts, I mean litigious. Huey Lewis sued Ray Parker, Jr. for ripping off Lewis’ 1983 song “I Want a New Drug” in writing “Ghostbusters.” Have a listen here—they are pretty similar. Plus you can see Huey’s high-waisted, pleated red pants and check out some suh-weet 1980s leg warmers.
- Parker got the idea for the song while watching a cheap local commercial on late-night TV.
- The song hit #1 on the charts on August 11, 1984 and was nominated for an Academy Award but lost to Stevie Wonder’s, “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” It also hit #1 on the charts in Spain, btw.
Okay, ready for some random NYC trivia? The movie used the exterior of NYFD Hook & Ladder No. 8 for filming, but the interior in the movie is from Fire House no. 23 in LA.
Hook & Ladder 8 was nearly torn down a few years ago, but several people—most of whom were afraid of ghosts—protested and the city canceled its demolition plans. It’s located at the intersection of Varick and N. Moore St. North Moore St. is named for Benjamin Moore—not the paint company but the guy who was the second Episcopal bishop of New York; assistant rector at Trinity Church (yes, the cool one downtown); president of Columbia University; father of Clement Clarke Moore who wrote the poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”; and who, after some persuading because Alexander Hamilton wasn’t Episcopalian, administered communion to Hamilton just before he died from wounds suffered in the famous Hamilton-Burr duel. You know, that Benjamin Moore.
Guess what else has happened on N. Moore St.? There used to be a music shop where John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed; Zoolander was filmed there; and JFK, Lindsay Lohan, Ice Cube, and David Letterman have all lived there. There’s a buncha strange in this neighborhood!