Cameron Crowe's crazy story behind “In Your Eyes” and Lloyd Dobler's boom box
“Yeah, yeah. No song worked, especially “To Be A Lover,” [Billy Idol’s song was Crowe’s first choice] or anything we were playing in the boom box in the number of times that we tried to shoot it—nothing worked. We had songwriters come in and try and write a song—nothing worked.
I was driving to work and on my way to the editing room, and I just found this tape again the other day, there was a tape that I had in the car that was the mix from our wedding and it was called “The Legendary ‘I Do’ Tape,” and I put it on and I was just listening to it on the way. I’m not that much of a wimp, but for some reason I just felt like listening to my wedding tape. [Laughs] And “In Your Eyes” comes on. And I got this chill because all the words linked up to what we’d filmed and what we were struggling to find a score to or a song.
It was like about following instincts. I drive off in my car. We had a car in the shot. It was like a sweet sounding but underneath the surface tough love song. A loving song, but there was a toughness to the wistful quality. It was just like I got a chill. And I just raced to the editing room and we put it on and it was perfect. It was unbelievable that we’d found something that actually worked with the shot, which we loved because, like, look at Cusack’s face. It’s all there except the song that’s on the boom box.”