Even with the film’s Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and foul-mouthed green alien blobs, it’s not hard to argue that Ghostbusters’ most memorable offspring is its theme song. Paul Feig’s upcoming remake is a complete rework of the 1984 classic, and so it seems only natural that along with its fresh, gender-challenging perspective, it would also give life to a new anthem. Today, we hear that theme song for the first time. And, well, it is certainly something.
Created by Fall Out Boy, the version completely twists Ray Parker Jr.‘s original into the type of pop-punk track that will inevitably soundtrack Hot Topics around the country. Oh, and it also has a rap verse because, well, Missy Elliott. But if you think that distortion pedals, guitar riffs, and the subtle change from the line “I ain’t afraid of no ghost” to “I’m not afraid” would make the song a universal hit, you’d be wrong. Consequence of Sound wrote, “From the gates of hell emerged Fall Out Boy’s ‘Ghostbusters’ theme song.”
Clearly, the song is a massive departure from the first. If you press play expecting a nostalgia-fueled sonic trip, you won’t get it. Still, check out the song, below.