30 Years Ago: How Tom Cruise Helped the Beach Boys Score One of Their Biggest Hits
Off the Florida Keys, there’s a cover band playing this song from ‘Cocktail’ right now
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Soundtracks have changed the course of musicians’ careers and created anthems from little-known tracks.
And the 1988 companion album to Tom Cruise’s bartender epic Cocktail is a big one. (Bigger even than Top Gun, maybe?)
The Beach Boys have a soundtrack to thank for one of their biggest hits. You know the hook (🎶Aruba, Jamaica 🎶). You’re already singing along in your head. But the song “Kokomo” might have been a total flop without the helpful hand of Tom Cruise’s critically panned cult classic Cocktail.
Here’s the story, illustrated in gifs.
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