I didn’t know whether to choose the original 1982 soundtrack version produced by disco legend Giorgio Moroder, or the 1983 album version off Let’s Dance, which features guitar playing by Stevie Ray Vaughan.
In the end I plumped for the album version, because it’s the version I heard first, and because it is much more a of a lively song. That’s important for a song that has the lyrics “putting out fire with gasoline” in the chorus, I think!
The original song was for a movie soundtrack. The movie was called “Cat People”. Not hard to join the dots…
Another thing going for the 1983 album version is that killer riff at the start. It’s just one of those riffs where the rhythm and melody are both spot on.
Despite being specifically made for one film, the original song is probably more famous for having been used on Tarantino’s film “Inglourious Basterds” in 2009. As I’ve said before, Tarantino movies have good soundtracks!