The Fat Boys – Are You Ready For Freddy?
Were you hoping that on this list you’d literally hear Freddy rap the lyric “I’m Freddy Krueger and I’m here to say…”? This is where you’ll find that, along with many other amazing moments you’ll only see in corny ’80s music videos. You’ve got an overlong intro, terrible comedy, even cheaper sets, and Freddy vamping it up more than ever. It’s exactly what you’d expect when borderline novelty group The Fat Boys head to Elm Street.
Hot off their star turn in The Disorderlies, The Fat Boys are acting up a storm in this goofy video, and I appreciate they aren’t too proud to runaway from Freddy. Also, their sweater game is on point, even if Freddy looks like a tool for failing to kill three chunky rappers who can barely run for more than 8 seconds. Maybe he was too distracted by dope lyrics like “Fred Krueger the myth, or Fred Krueger the man. Doesn’t matter cause I’m still rapping bout him understand?” Sadly, the video ends in a joke that’s a bit of a downer – Buffy The Human Beatbox doubles back to eat a donut, which would be funny if he didn’t die from morbid obesity in 1995. His struggles with his weight ended up for more dangerous than “Krueger on the corner of Elm Street scheming.”
Nightmare on My Street – DJ Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince
It would seem that the producers of the fourth Freddy movie felt that one corny rap about Freddy was all the soundtrack needed, as they turned down a second hip hop track about Krueger. The Philadelphia duo that recorded it didn’t want to see their hard work go to waste, so they released the song anyway, which New Line wasn’t too pleased with. But that couldn’t stop Nightmare On My Street from becoming a hit for Will Smith, though he’d go on to bigger things.
The song is cut from the same cloth as The Fresh Prince opening, with Smith talk/rapping over Jeff’s simplistically bouncy beats. Only this time the story is about when Freddy tried to possess and kill Will, instead of a trip to Bel-Air. This song creeped me out when I was 8, though it really angered New Line, who threatened legal action over the unauthorized song. They settled out of court, leading to a disclaimer being stuck on the record. Now Smith is a good deal more famous than Freddy, so maybe they can finally get that official team up going – or will he (allegedly) make Englund join Scientology first?
Rapping and Rocking Freddy in his TV series
For kids too young to see his bloody, hideous films, Freddy’s Nightmares was a real tease. Sure, you got to see Krueger hamming it up on TV every week, but his act had to be toned down extensively for 1989 television. Gone were the swears and the sex and the blood, replaced with an anthology style that made it closer to Twilight Zone than Elm Street. Each week some poor kid from Elm Street would get in a terrible situation, all while Freddy goofed around for a couple minutes each show, mainly to trick you into thinking Krueger was more involved than he actually was. Said goofing around led to the above rap master Freddy, as well as his guitar solo below.
Unlike the terrible Rap Master Freddy, at least his guitar solo came from a rare episode where Freddy actually did shit for the entire show. That episode, Sister’s Keeper, has Fred chasing twin daughters of the cop who helped kill him. Thanks to the rules of syndicated TV, the worst Krueger could do is menace the ladies with guitar noodling and little cat scratches that don’t even draw blood. Unfortunately, Freddy never shared a scene with Brad FUCKING Pitt when he was on the show.
I’m Awake Now – The Goo Goo Dolls
This is the end of an era for Freddy and music videos. With the final regular Elm Street film, the series got goofier than ever, featuring distracting cameos and some cheap looking kills – no wonder Wes Craven wanted a clean slate for New Nightmare. And as Krueger was dragged into the ’90s with Freddy’s Dead, the soundtrack had to get with the times. Dopey raps and hair bands were replaced with alternative mopesters, The Goo Goo Dolls.
This song just makes me want to wrap a flannel shirt around torn denim. This video comes from a very specific moment in time, where Freddy’s popularity was waning to the point of having a ‘final’ film, just as The Goo Goo Dolls were becoming just famous enough to appear on the Final Nightmare soundtrack. Funnily enough, the band’s greatest success would come from another song appearing in a Nic Cage movie, an actor who is relatively as scary as Krueger.
Well, kiddies, I hope you enjoyed this journey through Freddy Krueger’s history of music video stardom. Did this make you nostalgic for the days of terrible Krueger music videos? Any favorite musical memories? I wanna know in the comments!