Back To The Future: The Ultimate Rock Film of the 80's


21-10-15 is #FutureDay: the date Marty McFly travels to the future at the end of the original Back To The Future film. To celebrate, here's a look at what made it the ultimate Rock'n'Roll film of the 80's...

Marty McFly playing guitar Marty McFly rocking a Gibson ES-345!

The 80's produced some our most-loved blockbusters: from the Indiana Jones and Star Wars films to Goonies, Ghostbusters and several John Hughes flicks. But no film was as "rock'n'roll" as Back To The Future, so packed with references to the genre.

1) It opens with Marty McFly plugging his guitar to a giant amp and exploding the speakers!

Marty McFly amp explosion

2) Marty has a band called Pinheads... An homage to The Ramones?

Pinheads Marty McFly band... the Pimnheads!

3) The guitar Marty plays is an Ibanez. Spot on when it comes to what a teen into that classic 80's rock sound would choose to play, then!

Back to the Future Pinheads Marty McFly and his Ibanez

4) The Pinheads fail an audition for playing "too damn loud"!

5) Marty McFly loves shredding! First time anyone seen doing this on a Hollywood movie?

Marty McFly shredding

6) On the famous "walkman scene" Marty wakes up his dad by putting a tape featuring... Eddie Van Halen shredding on his guitar!

7) It was the first time most of us heard 'Johnny B Goode' and fell in love with 50s Rock'n'Roll... And the joke with Marvin Berry phoning his cousin Chuck is one of the best in the film! McFly uses a Gibson ES-345, just like Chuck Berry did... kudos for authenticity, too!

8) Marty McFly "invents" rock'n'roll, the "duckwalk", playing guitar behind his back like Hendrix and shredding... the evolution of rock'n'roll in one single scene!

Back to teh Future Chuck berry duckwalk Marty McFly inspired Chuck Berry...

9) Another great joke when Marty shreds 80's style and then tell the audience: "Guess you're not ready yet, but your kids gonna love it"! Which sums up pretty well the generational divide of Rock'n'Roll...

Your Kids gonna love it...

10) Theme song 'The Power Of Love' by Huey Lewis and the News was a worldwide hit, US Billboard #1 hit and UK Top 10! Few films are so linked to a pop song as 'Back To The Future'... impossible to think of one without the other!

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