“Right Back Where We Started From” – Maxine Nightingale

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A terrific pop song from the 1970s that was not only a big hit in the States (#2 on the Billboard singles charts), but was also used effectively in the raunchy Paul Newman-starring, George Roy Hill-directed hockey comedy “Slap Shot” throughout several moments in that classic film.  A wonderfully upbeat song that never ceases to bring a smile to my face.

5. “Slap Shot” (1977) dir. George Roy Hill

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Number 5 on Dave’s Strange World’s all-time favorite films is the hysterically funny and beyond politically incorrect hockey film “Slap Shot.” This was considered a ballsy movie in its day, but nowadays, forget about it. No studio executive would dare greenlight a project this nasty, violent, and crude. It’s too bad, because Oscar-winning director George Roy Hill and Hollywood legend Paul Newman saw a lot of merit in Nancy Dowd’s foul-mouthed script about the down-and-dirty world of minor-league hockey. And yes, “Slap Shot” (like “Scarface” and “Pulp Fiction”) is considered a classic PRECISELY because it’s so over-the-top and rude.

The attached scene is Newman’s hilarious introduction to the infamous “Hanson Brothers.” I used to think the Hansons were based on the Ramones (especially based on Dowd’s interest in punk rock), until I read that the Hansons are totally REAL! Key line: “They’re too dumb to play with themselves!” Yes, my friends, NOT safe for work or little ones.