Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome: The OST
1985 | Pop
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"And I wonder when we are ever gonna change? — Living under the fear, till nothing else remains. — All the children say, we don't need another hero, — We don't need to know the way home."
- Lots of charting for this onein the US. Billboard Hot 100, #2, Adult Contemporary, #3, Dance Club Songs, #23, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, #3, Mainstream Rock, #29.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic parodied the song as "We Won't Eat Another Hero". He has performed the song in concert, but it was never included on any of his albums.
- The song received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song and a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance in 1986.
- Tim Cappello (the sexy sax man) was Turner's sax player at this time.
THE HOT TAKES
I've never seen Beyond Thunderdome. I've seen the first two, though, so don't lynch me just yet! This track seems to be suggesting that the heroes of yesterday got people into a bit of a mess. Living in the wreckage of these mistakes, the people "don't need to know the way home." In other words, they don't want to go back to the place that led to such results. They want to be free, and left to discover their own path. Ironically, when I hear that, I think of heroism: Facing the unknown, voluntarily forging a new path, and emerging on the other side.
So I am a huge fan of Tina Turner and all of the Mad Max movies, even Beyond Thunderdome (don’t judge me), so the pairing of the two is just a delight for me. When I look around the political sphere, I find myself thinking of how people keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Like the rise in favor of socialism amidst devastating daily news out of places like Venezuela. Makes me wonder when the masses will change and learn from the wreckage of the past. Like so many who don’t take care of themselves and then seek a pill to make up for all the neglect to their bodies, most folks are looking for a hero to solve all their problems and give them the solutions to every situation that arises. The idea that they are responsible for their own lives and to solve their own problems, is too scary for them. It means they might not have someone else to blame when things don’t work out the way they want, and would have to take responsibility for the consequences of their choices. As a libertarian anarchist I certainly believe the sentiment, we don’t need another hero. The last thing folks need is to keep looking to others with the stamp of “authority” to rule and take care of them, and worse, force their neighbors to go along with it under threat of violence. If there is to be a “hero” it should be us in our own lives, working with others in our communities to solve our own problems in ways that work best for us, while allowing for others to do the same in their own ways. This will lead us beyond “thunderdome” which I see as a representations of the violence of laws that are not meant to protect our rights, but the interest of the ruling class.
I think the moral of this story is to stop looking to the same people who got us into this state to save us. We don’t need another hero references that everyone wants protected and saved from someone who knows more than we do. The sad truth is that for most of us without severe mental impairment, we are the only people here to save us, yet we still look to politicians and kings for safety. I could comment on the movie, which is awesome, or I could talk about that sweet Tim Capello sax solo, the guy from the opening of the lost boys, but hey just sit and simmer on the political message and the sweet Tina vocals.