Bored on Labor Day weekend going through about 200 promos (and honestly, 80 percent get cast aside) I come across the Moonlight Desires album, At the Movies, and my heart skips a beat. If you ever had attractions to John Hughes movies, this EP will pull at your heartstrings and make you feel sweet 16 all over again. It reminds us of lost love, love found, and love still to be discovered. You suddenly remember your old one-liners including the special kiss that sealed the deal in the first place, or, as Damone from Fast Times at Ridgemont High would say, “The attitude dictates that you don’t care whether she comes, stays, lays, or prays. I mean, whatever happens, your toes are still tapping. Now when you got that, then you have the attitude.” Let’s make that quote unisex and get into it.
Breaking down this uplifting EP by what it is and what it’s about: a lot of these songs have been in multiple movies and I query what Moonlight Desires were considering when covering each track. “Glory of Love” shouts out while walking through the rain, sleet, or snow to simply touch the love of our life. “Hungry Eyes” captures that reception, and, if you’ve ever noticed the pupil of your loved ones eye widen, then you’ve honed in on that emotion. It feels like having sex for the fourth or fifth time but with The Ataris or Fountains of Wayne blasting in the background, including a Van Halen-like eruption.
“The Goonies R Good Enough” is a lost Cyndi Lauper tune that I somehow missed out on but has me Googling my ass off while giggling at the address, but it’s the closer “Don’t You Forget About Me” that sends us home with a Judd Nelson fist pump in the air proclaiming, it ain’t over until its over, move over Rover, let Jimi take over. With this, Moonlight Desire proclaims in an almost Billy Idol kick to the curb that young lust is still alive and well.
In retrospect, Moonlight Desires is fun… like, a lot of fun… and everyone should have some fun tonight. So rip it up, everybody Wang Chung tonight!
At the Movies Track Listing:
1. Glory of Love
2. Hungry Eyes
3. The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough
4. Don’t You Forget About Me
Run Time: 14:62
Release Date: July 17, 2020
Record Label: Infamous Butcher Records