July 9, 2016

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Ray Parker Jr. on New 'Ghostbusters' Theme Song: ‘I Like It the Old Way’

Ray Parker Jr., the composer of the original Ghostbusters theme song, expressed a wish that he could have helped with the new version by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott

Speaking to Inside Edition, Parker Jr. gave his two cents on the song: 

“I’m not going to say it’s good or bad. I’m just going to say, well, maybe I’m an old guy and I like it the old way. ... I wish they had called me to maybe work with some of the younger guys and help them get a direction.”

Parker Jr. also discusses the song’s origins. “It was only going to be 20 or 25 seconds long,” but the director wanted a complete version of the song. As Inside Edition notes, Parker Jr. won a GRAMMY for the theme song.

Disagreeing with most critics of the upcoming film, Parker Jr. likes the new cast: “I think it’s a natural progression. Look at all of the excitement that it’s generated.” The new Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. It appears in theaters July 15.

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