10 Movies You Didn't Realise Inspired Songs

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Artist & Song: The Ataris – "So Long, Astoria"

So Long, Astoria is the fourth album by The Ataris, which includes a title song of the same name. The song and album title are a direct reference to one of the best adventure films ever made: The Goonies. In the movie, a group of kids from the Goon Docks area of Astoria, Oregon, go on an adventure.

They use an old map and doubloon they found in the attic of one of the kids to decipher clues and find a pirate's treasure. It's a classic family-friendly adventure flick, and it has influenced a great deal of pop culture since its release in 1985.

The Ataris were clearly influenced by the film, and the name of the album and track is a clear indication of this fact. Moreover, the song itself pays homage to the themes of the film.

The song is all about the memories people make in their youth, the friendships, and relationships that don't always get carried into adulthood. "I dreamed of my old neighborhood and resurrected memories from ashes," and "Life is only as good as the memories we make" points to similar themes in the movie.


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