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Airfoil: How to watch Iron Eagle in bed without waking your wife

  • Aug 4, 2009
We've all been there... it's Tuesday night, you're in bed, your wife is asleep, but you've really got a hankering for some Iron Eagle.  Unfortunately, your wife doesn't understand the integral part the rock ballads play in Doug Master's intense training or daring rescue mission at the end of the film.  Enter Airfoil...

Airfoil is a software app that runs on a Windows or Mac computer which can send the audio from your computer to several other network devices, such as another computer, an iPhone or Airport Express device.  The interface is very simple.  You choose the application with the audio you want to send elsewhere, and then select the device you want to send it to.  The "broadcast" app is $25, but the software for the "receiving"  devices is free.  In my case, I load up Iron Eagle on my Mac in Airfoil's integrated Video Player (Airfoil' includes a video player which will sync up the video and audio due to the delay in encoding and broadcasting the audio), and then send the audio to my iPhone.  Now I can listen to the movie audio in bed with headphones while watching the movie on the bedroom TV.  Now the biggest risk to my wife's sleep is when I spontaneously start shouting "USA!  USA!" when "Chappy's" voice comes cracking in over the radio after we all thought he'd been shot down.

It does take a little creativity to get things all hooked up in a way that enables you to maximize the effectiveness of the Airfoil app, but it's definitely worth it.  It's also a great way to send music from one computer to speakers throughout your house.
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August 05, 2009
Sounds like a cool app that I'll check out.
August 05, 2009
I love Chappy!

And for those of you that want to know about the sound track here is the line up along with my comments

"Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)"
By King Kobra King Kobra -
I mean come on the name says it all. You may have never heard of them but it was the 80s and the band is named after not just a snake, but the coolest snake out there!
"These are the Good Times"
By Eric Martin
Of course the love ballad. Every movie has them. Especially movies aimed at angst filled teenagers.

"Maniac House"
By Katrina & The Waves
And you thought Walking On Sunshine was the only song that Katrina & The Waves put out.

By George Clinton
George Frickin' Clinton. That is the George Frickin' Clinton. Funk-a-delic. For you youngsters out there - go Google him.

"Hide in the Rainbow"
By Dio
Dio baby, that can only mean one thing. Throw up them Devil Horns (defined as the closing of the fist with the pinkie and first finger extended) and rock it hard. FYI - Dio was the dude that replace OZZY in Black Sabbath. Nuff said.

"It's Too Late"
By Helix
The classic 80's guitar sound along with way over done vocals. With instant classic lyrics like "I got this urge, Burnin' deep inside, Like a bullet in a chamber, On a one way ride" you KNOW this ones gonna knock your socks off and have you bangin' your head.

"Road of the Gypsy"
By Adrenalin
Another ballad about a young boy out on the streets alone. Now this was Iron Eagle so the young boy is actually our hero, Doug Masters, and "the streets" are a metaphor for the wide open sky that Doug took the great war bird that and his Walkman into.

"Love Can Make You Cry"
By Urgent
Urgent - no not the Foreigner song. Urgent the band. Maybe you haven't heard of them. I know I haven't. I'll just give you a few of the lyrics: "What makes us cry, What makes us fall, Why does it all crumble at night" This is the song that you skip folks. It ain't Dio and it sure isn't Queen. It isn't even Helix.

"This Raging Fire"
By The Jon Butcher Axis
I can't really remember this song but I like meat and Jon's last name is Butcher. I also like Hendrix and he wrote Axis: Bold as Love. This song won't be as bad as the Urgent tune - No way.

"One Vision"
Written by Queen
The ultimate tune on the album. One Vision. Queen rocks it with this one and they rock it real hard. Now you want to know how hard they rock it? Of course you do. They rock it so hard that the last line of the song says "Gimme Gimme Gimme Gimme Fried Chicken" and you won't even think about it. You will just be air guitarin' away and wishing that this ~4:20 seconds of pure Brian May and Freddie Mercury bliss would go on.

"Gimme Some Lovin"
Written and Performed by the Spencer Davis Group
A classic song and hopefully you know that Stevie Windwood is the guy singing. That is the same Steve Windwood that went on to sing with Traffic, Blind Faith and then solo. You'll have to excuse him for some of his 80's songs but you don't have to forgive him for this. There is a reason why this song is still played on the radio everyday.

"We're Not Gonna Take It"
by Twisted Sister
Including this song is like saying "Hey bad guys - We're Not Gonna Take It. Don't mess with us because we have cool planes and KIDS that can fly them." Listen to this song with attitude and then go back and listen to One Vision over and over and over again!

"Old Enough To Rock And Roll"
Written and Performed by Rainey Hanes
Not the Jethro Tull song Too Old To Rock and Roll Too Young Too Die. Imagine the song "Footloose" but more sucky. Why did they even bother with this song? They could have kept the album tight but nooooo they wanted to give us another track (they really should have booted a couple more songs off here also but this is the worst). 

"There Was A Time"
Performed by James Brown
James Brown - He was Prince before there was a Prince.  He was Michael Jackson before there was a Michael Jackson.  This is vintage James Brown.

"Eyes of the World"
Written by Neal Schon, Eric Martin, Tony Fanucchi, and Kevin Elson Performed by Eric Martin 
Neal Schon - You know who he is?  He is the guitar player in Journey?  Know who Neal played with before Journey?  SANTANA.  Know how old he was when he played with Santana?  16.  That said, this song sucks.  Totally cheesy keyboards.   This song should have been dropped also - better yet, never recorded.  The world would be fine without it.

If you want to check these tunes out you can find most of them on YouTube because YouTube is full of copyrighted material that Google doesn't pay to use.
March 12, 2010
If you'd like to check out some of the classics from the Iron Eagle collection, check out lala -- http://lala.com/z1eMI
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