Poll - what is the best bit in Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fe93CLbHjxQ

Could this be the best song ever written? So many awesome parts! This should at least be the most difficult poll ever.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
02:34-02:50 drums and stuff + "Lemme tell ya something. Bustin' makes me feel good!" 23
02:01-02:17 "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost/I hear it likes the girls/I ain't 'fraid of no ghost/Yeahyeahyeahyeah"9
00:45-01:02 horn synth keyboard melody + "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost. I ain't 'fraid of no ghost." 3
03:39-03:44 "I can't hear you! Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 3
00:21-00:28 main synth melody + "Ghostbusters!" 2
02:51-03:07 horn synth keyboard melody + "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost. I ain't 'fraid of no ghost." 2
00:10-00:20 main drum & bass theme sets in 2
01:19-01:26 "An invisible man sleepin' in your bed. Ow, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 2
00:00-00:10 sinister opening bit 2
03:16-03:23 "When it comes through your door/unless you just a-want some more/I think you better call GB! Ow!"1
02:18-02:33 "Who you gonna call? GB!/If you've had a dose of a freaky ghost, baby, you better call GB! Ow!" 1
03:49-04:04 "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Who can you call? Ghostbusters! Who you gonna call? (...)" 1
01:27-01:44 horn synth keyboard melody + "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost. I ain't 'fraid of no ghost." 1
01:03-01:10 main themes repeat (shorter than intro) 1
01:45-01:51 lead guitar + "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 0
03:45-03:48 "Louder! Ghostbusters!" 0
00:29-00:36 "If there's something strange in your neighborhood. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 0
03:32-03:38 "Uh, think you better call Ghostbusters! Ha ha, who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 0
03:24-03:31 "Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters! Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 0
00:37-00:45 "If there's something weird and it don't look good. Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!" 0
03:08-03:15 "Don't get caught alone oh, no. Ghostbusters!" 0
01:11-01:18 "If you're seeing things running through your head. Who can you call? Ghostbusters!" 0
01:52-02:00 "If you're all alone, pick up the phone. And call. Ghostbusters!" 0


Valentijn, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 19:54 (one month ago) link

Horn synth owns this.

The lyrics are a trifle stupid but it is a slammin track overall.

I bless Claire Danes down in Africa (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 19:57 (one month ago) link

"02:34-02:50 drums and stuff + "Lemme tell ya something. Bustin' makes me feel good!"
will win in a landslide, imho

glumdalclitch, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 19:58 (one month ago) link

I like the bits where he busts

k*r*n koltrane (Simon H.), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 19:58 (one month ago) link

Bustin makes me feel good

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:00 (one month ago) link

^ obv

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:01 (one month ago) link

I ain't afraid of no sleep
I ain't afraid of no bed
an invisible bed
freaky ghost bed
YEAH YEAH YEAH

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:02 (one month ago) link

young, dumb and bustin’ makes me feel good

just listened to the original and was like no this is all wrong

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:08 (one month ago) link

Considered within the overall sexiness of his oeuvre, this song is clearly about necrophilia

calstars, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:10 (one month ago) link

An invisible man sleepin' in your bed

Chilling depiction of severe mental illness

some infected evening (Matt #2), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:18 (one month ago) link

the Key & Peele sketch about this guy is imo the funniest thing they've ever done

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxjNOv5QPzM

frogbs, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:20 (one month ago) link

How is this going to be anything other than "Bustin' makes me feel good!"?

Being cheap is expensive (snoball), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:23 (one month ago) link

Please
Please
Please, let's make some
I believe it's magic
I believe it's magic
I believe it's magic, magic

lumen (esby), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 20:34 (one month ago) link

Rly torn between spooky intro and the horn synth dotted 8th lick

change display name (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:02 (one month ago) link

"02:34-02:50 drums and stuff + "Lemme tell ya something. Bustin' makes me feel good!"
will win in a landslide, imho

I like the bits where he busts

How is this going to be anything other than "Bustin' makes me feel good!"?

...etc

OK, so, yeah, it's what I'm going for myself as well. I confess I wasn't aware of the universal prevalence of this classic bit.
I do think there are multiple other bits worth of a vote or two. Like the bits that include when he goes 'Ow!'. Or the 'Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!' part. Or the soulful delivery of "Pick up the phone. And call.". The intro. The main themes. The main catchphrase.

Valentijn, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:09 (one month ago) link

POLLing makes me feel goood

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:10 (one month ago) link

I had no idea he was saying 'if you've had a dose of a freaky ghost'! I thought it was something like 'if you have ghosts or a freaky ghost', like he accidentally repeated the line.

peace, man, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:18 (one month ago) link

Love that bit in the video where Huey’s singing with his head in the sink of iced water

Master of Treacle, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:26 (one month ago) link

like he accidentally repeated the line

You may be onto something. If we are to believe "Pop-Up Videos" (and why shouldn't we?), Parker Jr. famously could not think of a rhyme for "Ghostbusters," and so chose to repeatedly rhyme "Ghostbusters" with "Ghostbusters."

Per "Pop-Up Videos," he was... most flustered.

I bless Claire Danes down in Africa (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:31 (one month ago) link

“I Can’t heeear yooou” FTW

Jeff W, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 21:37 (one month ago) link

I'm giving it to "sinister opening bit" with "drums and stuff" as the runner-up, which would be a great breakdown even without "bustin makes me".

peace, man, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 22:25 (one month ago) link

Bustin makes me feel good.

I have boxers that say that

I am a free. I am not man. A number. (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 22:29 (one month ago) link

neil cicierega has proven through science that the answer is a mixture of "horn synth keyboard melody" + "bustin makes me feel good"

The Cognitive Peasant (ogmor), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 22:40 (one month ago) link

voted ctrl + f Bustin' makes me feel good!

Judi Dench's Human Hand (methanietanner), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 22:54 (one month ago) link

feel-good bustin is the safe, solid option but 'I hear it likes the girls' is the connoisseur's choice IMO

umsworth (emsworth), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 23:35 (one month ago) link

3:16 - 3:23 is underrated imho, esp in the vid when RPJr rips off his coat to display his undershirt

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Tuesday, 26 May 2020 23:47 (one month ago) link

great poll

1.

If you've had a dose of a freaky ghost, babyl

^ underrated . the syncopated vocal line and the double-tracked vocals really do it for me

2. the descending progression during horn synth part is great, really adds some depth to the song

3. would vote "peter falk" cameo if i could, the man is just so good

budo jeru, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:19 (one month ago) link

Per "Pop-Up Videos," he was... most flustered.

― I bless Claire Danes down in Africa (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, May 26, 2020 4:31 PM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

amazing, makes me miss watching all the oldies content on vh1 as a kid

budo jeru, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 00:20 (one month ago) link

00:25-00:31 "One that won't make crash my car, or make me feel three feet thick,"

pplains, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 01:35 (one month ago) link

BMMFG

billstevejim, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 06:29 (one month ago) link

"Yeahyeahyeahyeah" is underrated tho

billstevejim, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 06:32 (one month ago) link

"I hear it likes the girls" narrowly over creepy intro.

worst part is 0:10-0:20

Wuhan!! Got You All in Check (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 06:48 (one month ago) link

I don't mind if people have bits from the video weigh in on their vote. All part of the experience.
Alternatively, I might see about following this up with a video breakdown poll on ILE. Or is Peter Falk going to walk that as much as Bustin' will do over here?
My fave video bit is probably 01:23 Ray sliding out from under the girl's bed.

Valentijn, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 07:07 (one month ago) link

I had totally forgotten about the cameos so I was quite surprised when Chevy Chase appeared (and for ashort while was trying to remember if he was in the movie) !
I don't think I've watched this video since my childhood, though (and at the time I'm not sure I was familiar with all the actors).
I suppose there's no logic to the cameos except friends popping by.
How I loved this movie as kid. It had the whole package : great movie, great song, great logo !

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 27 May 2020 09:33 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 1 June 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

“I Can’t heeear yooou” FTW

I hear you

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 1 June 2020 09:55 (one month ago) link

Unfortunately for Ray Parker, Jr., his other better hits don't get airplay:

https://radioinsight.com/ross/187495/lost-hits-of-the-80s-year-by-year/

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 June 2020 10:15 (one month ago) link

Agreed about “Ghostbusters” not being his best (if you include his hits with/as “Raydio”), but I only see one of his songs there, the forgettable “I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You”.

(That ONJ’s “Twist Of Fate” is apparently the most forgotten big hit of that particular year is the real travesty imo)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 1 June 2020 10:47 (one month ago) link

Concerned the horn synth vote will be split.

chap, Monday, 1 June 2020 10:55 (one month ago) link

I only see one of his songs there, the forgettable “I Still Can’t Get Over Loving You”.

The marvelous "The Other Woman" made the 1982 list: https://radioinsight.com/ross/185677/how-lost-are-pop-music-lost-hits/

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 1 June 2020 11:00 (one month ago) link

"yeahyeahyeahyeah" underrated.

chap, Monday, 1 June 2020 11:42 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 00:01 (one month ago) link

Bustin' landslide

dominance and transmission (Matt #2), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 00:03 (one month ago) link

correct winner. kind of feel like it's the only thing that makes the song worthwhile anymore.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 00:06 (one month ago) link

Notable Bustin' victory but nice to see so many different parts got some votes. Slightly disappointed that nobody went for that seductive "If you're all alone, pick up the phone. And call.".

Concerned the horn synth vote will be split

I figured everyone would just go for the first one, but didn't group the three sections together for the possibility of people adding extra value to the timing of the section within the entire song - sometimes I think too much. The votes actually ended up being split: first occurence 3 votes; second 1 vote; third 1 votes.
I suppose it's up to anyone whether to make it 6 votes for the part in their own mind or not. It's the difference between sole third placing or shared with "I can't hear you!".

Valentijn, Tuesday, 2 June 2020 06:44 (one month ago) link

This Mortal Coil should have covered this.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Tuesday, 2 June 2020 16:46 (one month ago) link

Jedward - the secret glue, as we are now finding out, that has been holding ILX together all along:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTkyWeoSEM8

(no footage of their version of “The Other Woman” exists, unfortunately)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 3 June 2020 06:34 (one month ago) link


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