I must confess that I don’t like the film Caddyshack. I don’t think it’s funny. I think the gopher is dumb. And, to me, golf humor is tantamount to watching paint dry — in short, boring.
My weakness, however, is music — '80s in particular. As well as soundtracks. Which is why I think the soundtrack for 1980s Caddyshack is mildly entertaining.
The most redeemable quality of this album, which clocks in at just over 31 minutes, is that four of the 10 tracks are performed by Kenny Loggins. The very same Loggins who has contributed to some of the best and/or most popular films of the '80s, including Footloose (both the catchy the theme song, "Footloose," as well as "I’m Free"), and both "Danger Zone" and "Playing With the Boys" from Top Gun. Although he still performs today, Kenneth Clark "Kenny" Loggins is probably still best known for his numerous soft rock and adult contemporary hit singles, including the aforementioned songs.
But back to Caddyshack, where Loggins’s theme, “I’m Alright” (which peaked at #7 in the U.S.) starts things off with an upbeat answer to the stress and ladder-climbing of the '80s. Although this song (and film) was Loggins first major foray into the world of film soundtracks, he (along with the uncredited Eddie Money in the background) makes a great debut by offering up a song that ends with “Just let me be.” Loggins is said to have written the theme song with Caddyshack character of Danny in mind, and the message is clear — no matter what happens, he will be alright. This song is infectious, and more than alright in my book.
Among the other songs Loggins contributed to this soundtrack, “Lead the Way” strays a bit and reminds me of the type of ballad you’d hear a prepubescent youth trying to perform on American Idol; “Make the Move,” which starts out mellow but quickly gets rockin’; and “Mr. Night,” a toe-tapping, honkey tonk of a song.