Industrial/rock act Deconbrio, in anticipation of the new Ghostbusters movie being released on July 15, has recorded a rendition of the iconic theme song. “After many years of messing around, collaborating, and performing the song live on occasion, we finally have a version of the Ghostbusters theme with Danny’s vocals,” states Deconbrio via the band’s Facebook profile. KMW (Knoxville Music Warehouse), an online music blog for the city’s music scene, has declared Deconbrio’s version “a million times better” than the version recorded for the upcoming movie by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott. According to the blog, the reaction from fans on the internet to the version commissioned for the Hollywood movie “was not great,” with the writer commenting, “I actually like Missy Elliott, and at times in small doses, I actually like Fall Out Boy. I also like ice cream, and at times in small doses, blue cheese, but I’m not trying to put those together. I’m not a psychopath.” The writer also states of the Deconbrio rendition, “It’s a great, straightforward cover with Deconbrio’s signature hard rock and synth sound, not to mention some really cool visuals to go along with it.” Released on July 1, Deconbrio’s version lands on the date of Ghostbusters co-creator/actor Dan Ackroyd’s 64th birthday. Fellow Ghostbusters co-creator/actor Harold Ramis died in 2014. Several members of the original cast are reportedly making cameo appearances in the upcoming reboot, including Ackroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, and Bill Murray.
The song was originally written and recorded by pop/R&B artist Ray Parker, Jr. for the original 1984 movie, becoming a number one hit that year on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for three weeks. The song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song, losing to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” In addition, the song was the subject of some controversy when fellow pop/R&B artist Huey Lewis sued Parker due to similarities with his “I Want a New Drug,” a matter that was settled out of court and has become the stuff of pop music lore. The theme went onto be used in the 1989 sequel, as well as the animated The Real Ghostbusters series, which ran from 1986 to 1991. Parker is also reportedly making a cameo appearance in the new movie.
Deconbrio will be supporting Hate Dept. on tour with dates announced for the first week of August via the band’s website.