August 1985 at the Movies: Van Halen Hamburger Rocks "Better Off Dead"

EVERYBODY WANTS SOME
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It was on August 23, 1985, when a wild new teen comedy hit American movie theaters: Better Off Dead. Starring John Cusack, Diane Franklin and Curtis Armstrong, the flick about dumped high school student Layne Myers' wacky exploits on the ski slope has grown into a legit cult classic. Featuring a variety of classic gags ("I want my two dollars!"), the movie highlights rock legends Van Halen in its most famous scene.

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It's a fantasy sequence set in the hamburger joint where Layne works. The star of the sequence: a Van Halen hamburger, rocking out to the band's 1980 classic, "Everybody Wants Some."

“It was just so, so out there and stupid, that everybody was really worried about it,” Holland recalled of the studio’s response to the scene. “But it was the highest testing thing when we went to the test audience. They thought that was the greatest thing in the whole movie.” Relive the magic below.

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The '80s shock-rocker didn't mince words about the use of his song.
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"George couldn't wait to play me the rough mix he was working on."
Vince Neil performs on stage during Summer Night Concerts at PNE Amphitheatre on August 22, 2019 in Vancouver, Canada. (Andrew Chin/Getty Images)
The band's notorious frontman has gained weight and lost some vocal range over the years. The group's manager insists he'll be ready to rock. What do you think?

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