“Tonight Is What It Means To Be Young” is the closing song to the 1984 movie Streets of Fire. (The End Credit song was “Deeper and Deeper” by The Fixx.) It was the second song for the movie that was written by composer/producer Jim Steinman (the first song I previously mapped, “Nowhere Fast.”) He wrote many of Meat Loaf’s songs, as well as Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” Air Supply’s “Making Love Out of Nothing At All,” among others.
The song was performed by Fire Inc, a studio group put together to perform the songs for the movie. The vocals are performed by Laurie Sargent and Holly Sherwood. It hits hard, fast, and has an epic sound, typical of Steinman and the Wagnerian rock style.
The movie Streets of Fire is described as “A Rock & Roll Fable” which takes place in “another time, another place.” It stars a then 20-year old Diane Lane and Michael Pare’ as the leads. It also stared actors such as Rick Moranis, Willem Dafoe, Amy Madigan, Bill Paxton, Robert Townsend, and singer Lee Ving. While not doing well at the box office, it has become a cult classic for those who love its eclectic style and cyberpunk inspiration.
The Expert level follows the vocals with some instruments to act as a cue. The Expert+ is much more aggressive with drum gallops, piano runs, and bringing in some of the complementary instruments.
Trivia: Streets of Fire is one of the inspirations for Mike Pondsmith’s Cyberpunk tabletop Roleplaying Game, which, in turn, is the source material for CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 computer game. In older editions of the tabletop game, it was a recommended watch the movie to see how epic Rockerboys and Rockergirls are supposed to be. If you are familiar with the game, you can see archetypes from the game: the Rockerboy/girl (Diane Lane,) the Solo (Michael Pare’,) the Fixer (Rick Moranis,) the Techie (Amy Madigan,) the Cop (Richard Lawson,) and the Nomad (Wilhem Dafoe.)
I hope you enjoy rocking out with the levels mapped for this song!
Thanks to my playtesters for this: Lapras, RedHQ, Albernu, Jafdy
Special thanks to TechButterfly for some fresh eyes and proofreading a couple of points of decisions.
Special call out to Majorpickle and TechButterfly! Thanks, guys.
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