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Ghostbusters 
By: Ray Parker Jr.
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Rank this week: 28 (↑27)
Duration: 4:04 
Release Date: 1984  (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Lyrics By: Ray Parker Jr. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Music By: Ray Parker Jr./(Huey Lewis/Chris Hayes) (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Produced By: Ray Parker Jr. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Released By: Arista (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Published By: Raydiola Music/EMI Golden Torch Music Corp. (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Licensing: ASCAP  #370192560 (Stavro Arrgolus) 
Keywords: GHOSTBUSTERS, GHOSTS, HUEY LEWIS, LAWSUIT, MOVIE SONGS, PLAGIARISM 
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  • In 1984, Huey Lewis & the News were contacted by the producers of Ghostbusters in regards to developing the theme song for the film. The band decided not to, and Ray Parker Jr. was instead signed to develop the theme. Later that year, the band sued Parker, citing the similarities between the Ghostbusters theme song and their earlier hit, "I Want a New Drug". According to Huey Lewis and the News, this was especially damaging to them since the Ghostbusters theme song was so popular, rising to #1 on the charts for three weeks. Parker and Lewis later settled out of court. Huey Lewis has stated that his experiences with the producers of Ghostbusters may have been indirectly responsible for getting his band involved with the movie Back to the Future.

    On his 2001 Behind the Music special, Huey Lewis stated: "The offensive part was not so much that Ray Parker Jr. had ripped this song off, it was kind of symbolic of an industry that wants something — they wanted our wave and they wanted to buy it. [I]t's not for sale. ...In the end, I suppose they were right. I suppose it was for sale, because basically, they bought it."

    As a result of this statement, Ray Parker Jr. has filed a suit against Huey Lewis, claiming he violated the lawsuit's confidentiality agreement and seeking an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages as well as attorney fees. The lawsuit is ongoing. Wikipedia (Stavro Arrgolus)
  • Song Lyrics:
    (Ghostbusters)

    If there's something strange
    In your neighborhood
    Who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)
    If there's something weird
    And it don't look good
    Who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)

    I ain't afraid of no ghost
    I ain't afraid of no ghost

    If you're seeing things
    Running through your head
    Who can you call
    (Ghostbusters)
    An invisible man
    Sleeping in your bed
    Oh, who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)

    I ain't afraid of no ghost
    I ain't afraid of no ghost

    Who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)
    If you're all alone
    Pick up the phone
    And call
    (Ghostbusters)

    I ain't afraid of no ghost
    I hear it likes the girls
    I ain't afraid of no ghost
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

    Who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)
    If you've had a dose
    Of a freaky ghost
    Maybe you'd better call
    (Ghostbusters)

    Let me tell you something
    Bustin' makes me feel good

    I ain't afraid of no ghost
    I ain't afraid of no ghost

    Don't get caught alone, oh no
    (Ghostbusters)
    When it comes through your door
    Unless you just want some more
    I think you better call
    (Ghostbusters)
    Ow

    Who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)
    Who you gonna call
    (Ghostbusters)
    Ah, I think you better call
    (Ghostbusters)...
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