Ghostbusters was absolutely massive in 1984. The sci-fi/comedy starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Annie Potts (Janine can get it) was the highest-grossing movie of the year. Its theme song, “Ghostbusters,” recorded by soft rock star Ray Parker, Jr. spent three weeks at #1 and was one of the bestselling songs of the year.
Despite cribbing part of its melody from Huey Lewis’s “I Want a New Drug” (for which Lewis sued), it’s a good song. We’re not here to debate whether or not “Ghostbusters” is a good song. This is about the song’s music video. It was made in 1984, just three years after the launch of MTV. Videos were still cheap and a usually lame. The video for “Ghostbusters” is downright strange.