Loverboy could cash in on Top Gun vinyl soundtrack re-release

Canadian rockers Loverboy, which got its start in Calgary, was featured in the score of the 1986 Hollywbood blockbuster. The soundtrack is being reissued on vinyl this week.

'I still get cheques for it. It's called mailbox money,' says frontman Mike Reno

In 1986, the Hollywood producers of the Top Gun film commissioned Loverboy frontman Mike Reno (right) to write a song for the soundtrack. (Paramount Pictures/CP)

Amazon is reissuing some of the biggest movie soundtracks of the '80s on vinyl on Friday including Dirty Dancing, Footloose, The Goonies, Rocky IV and Top Gun

The latter features the hit song Heaven In Your Eyes by Loverboy.

Lead singer Mike Reno says his band was selling "millions and millions of records" when he was approached by Paramount Pictures about collaborating on the 1986 film.

"They were picking rock bands to be in the soundtrack, [so] it was a pretty natural," said Reno, who formed the band in Calgary in the late '70s.

He says producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer invited him to their Hollywood office and gave him three days to write to a song for the film.

"After watching it, I knew it was going to be huge," said Reno about the Tom Cruise blockbuster.

When I heard they were rereleasing the vinyl I felt it was a compliment.-  Loverboy frontman Mike

Amazon would not disclose how many Top Gun vinyl albums the company is pressing for the release, and declined an interview with the CBC.

Reno says he wouldn't be surprised if the company initially printed 30,000, but isn't fussed about what happens with sales.

The Canadian rock band Loverboy, fronted by Mike Reno, was formed in Calgary in the late '70s. (Larry MacDougal/CP)

"I never do anything for money," he said.

"When I heard they were re-releasing the vinyl I felt it was a compliment, it just made me feel warm and fuzzy."

However, Reno does say he has made "a lot of money" in the 29 years since the Top Gun soundtrack was released.

More than 30 years after the hit song Working for the Weekend was released, Mike Reno still rocks a bandana on stage. (LoverboyVEVO/YouTube)

"The album originally sold 27 million copies," said Reno. "I still get cheques for it. It's called mailbox money — everybody in the music business loves it."

As for what's next for Loverboy, the Canadian rockers play the Grey Cup Festival concert series on Nov. 28 in Winnipeg along with special guests 54-40 and Queen City Kids.


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