There is a “list” in everyone’s mind of songs that are considered “timeless” and although we all have different tastes and likes, one track which definitely makes everyone’s catalog is Footloose. The epic movie title track song–which was released 35 years ago on January 28, 2019–was a smash hit from day one and it continues to be so today. Indeed, Loggins himself still can’t resist performing the tune nightly and he once described the song as follows: “It’s such a lighthearted tune. It’s like doing a Chuck Berry song every night.”
Coming in at 3:42 (single version) the track moves at a brisk clip and the song is intriguing for a variety of reasons one of which is the use of names in the lyrics. As Dean Pitchford describes it (he co-wrote Footloose with Kenny Loggins): “Once I had cracked the back of the song with the ‘Oo-wee, Marie, shake it shake it for me,’ [and] once we had the idea of using names throughout the chorus and calling out, ‘Jack, get back, come on before we crack,’ [and] once that had been set up as a convention, he threw out Milo because he liked the way that the words felt in his mouth. And there may have been one or two other lines that he came up with.”
The other intriguing feature of this song is the drums. Enter Tris Imboden. Imboden, a renowned and fan favorite drummer who has performed with a number of major acts over a highly successful career that has spanned decades, was the architect of the drum parts which really drove Footloose. Imboden’s first stint with Kenny Loggins was from 1977 to 1989 and at the time that Footloose was released, the band already had at least one soundtrack hit under their belt with I’m Alright from Caddyshack (1980). As it turned out, Footloose would soon follow then then Danger Zone was released in 1986 from the soundtrack from the hit movie Top Gun. However, despite the popularity and success of all three soundtrack hits, Footloose still remains the most relevant and well known, even 35 years after its release.
To further examine Footloose to find out why the track is still so wildly popular 35 years after its release, we thought there would be no one better than to tell the tale of Footloose than the architect of those driving drum patterns himself; Tris Imboden. Footloose can still light up a dance floor even 35 years later and its infectious vibe is still money–each and every time. Therefore, we are proud to present our sit down with Tris Imboden as he talks Footloose, 35 years later.
Listen below to hear Tris Imboden reflect on Footloose–35 years later.