On The Dark Side – Eddie And The Cruisers
Music by John Cafferty
Eddie and the Cruisers is a 1983 American film directed by Martin Davidson with the screenplay written by the director and Arlene Davidson, based on the novel by P. F. Kluge. It was marketed with the tagline “Rebel. Rocker. Lover. Idol. Vanished.”
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band
They first achieved success with a 1980 self-released single pairing two of their songs, “Wild Summer Nights” and “Tender Years” which sold over 10,000 copies and enjoyed radio play up and down the Atlantic seaboard. Despite their success, the act was ignored by the major labels due to persistent critical comparisons to Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. They finally achieved international success when producer Kenny Vance, a longtime fan, offered them the score to a movie soundtrack he was helming based on a best-selling novel about a legendary bar band, “Eddie & The Cruisers.” Thanks to frequent airings of the film on HBO and the purchase of the soundtrack album by their established fanbase as well as hundreds of thousands of new converts, “Eddie & The Cruisers – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” reached the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart and produced a number 7 hit single (“On the Dark Side”) on the Billboard Hot 100. “On the Dark Side” also held number-one on the Album Rock Tracks chart for five weeks. The album was eventually certified triple Platinum by the RIAA.