“OK, I hesitate to include it, but I have to be honest: If we’re talking about something that changed my life, this one truly did.
“What happened was, there was this crazy thing where the music was going to come out before the movie. They released singles and got them on the air – it was brilliant. It meant that when kids went to the theater to see the movie, the already had a connection to the tunes. I think that played a big part in how the movie became successful.
“The whole thing was a game-changer for me. It put me in a new position. For better or worse, I had a level of pop exposure that was new, different, frightening and challenging.
“For a while, when Michael and I put the band together, we used to play Footloose. I just said that we had to embrace the beast. [Laughs] We don’t do it anymore – we got a little tired of it, like anything else. But it was cool. People really liked it, even though it was done a little tongue-in-cheek.
“It’s a great record, though. I’ll never forget, when we were making the movie, we didn’t have the actual songs – they were still being recorded – so we would do the dance numbers to songs of similar tempos. While we were there, [screenwriter, songwriter] Dean Pitchford had gotten the demo of the song Footloose from Kenny Loggins. It was just Kenny singing and playing guitar – imagine it really pared down, and that’s what it was. Dean played it for me, and I thought to myself, ‘There’s no way that’s gonna be a hit.’” [Laughs]