It’s amazing to look back to the peak of the NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET popularity and see just how far Freddy-Mania went. Trading cards, sticker books, an impossible to figure out board game, a Maxx FX action figure, a 1-900 Hot Line, a wrist watch, a talking Freddy doll! Oh, the irony of toys being made of a child murderer to be marketed to children. One of the phrases that the talking Freddy doll actually says when you pull its string is “let’s be friends!”
Then there was pop music. Some rappers used Freddy officially (The Fat Boys), some unofficially. (DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince) He surfaced as the topic in metal tunes for Dokken and S.O.D. But the most bizarre piece of music related Freddy merchandise has to be his 1987 record titled FREDDY’S GREATEST HITS: THE ELM STREET GROUP.
I have no memory of this sucker coming out, but managed to snag a vinyl copy years after the fact. And it could very well be the worst record in my collection. Sure the cover is awesome! And with song titles like “Do The Freddy,” “Wooly Bully,” “Down In The Boiler Room” and “Dance Or Else,” it sounds like a promising and fun listen, right? Well, I assure you the titles are far superior to the actual songs that accompany them.
Although New Line Cinema had no affiliation with this release, Robert Englund did provide his trademark Freddy voice. Yet he only appears usually at the top of or end of most of the tracks, usually just cackling over the oddest pop/dance music you’ve ever heard.
But look, its Freddy merchandise, and all of us 80’s kids have a soft spot for anything Freddy-cenric that came out during that period. Copies of this sucker do occasionally pop up on sites such as discogs, but don’t give in and spend top dollar on it. If you can find it at a used record store for a reasonable price AND you’re a Freddy completist, then add it to your collection. Otherwise, let me give you a sample of what you’re missing!