Why Arizona '80s Bands like The Jetzons Are Featured in Nicolas Cage's The Frozen Ground

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Jam to 80's Arizona tunes while watching Nicolas Cage in 'The Frozen Ground'
They may not be active anymore, but you can currently hear four Arizona bands from the '80s in a film-worthy setting. Nicolas Cage and John Cusack's new film The Frozen Ground is set in 1980s Alaska, and classic AZ groups including New Wave band The Jetzons and power poppers Blue Shoes have cuts in the movie.

The music was provided by local label Fervor Records, which has been around since 1990 itself and distributes music to TV and films, as well as manages several local acts.

"All the Fervor selections in this film rose to the top of the pile because they were a legitimate part of the actual soundtrack of the era, bringing a visceral, palpable feeling to the period piece," says Fervor Records co-owner Jeff Freundlich. "Landing music in a film soundtrack is one of the highest compliments that can be paid to our artists. It tells them that their music holds meaning, not only to them, but to a larger audience."

The movie focuses on the true story of the search for serial killer Robert Hansen, who killed more than 20 women and buried them in the freezing Alaskan outdoors. While the premise is creepy and disturbing, Freundlich says Fervor is proud to be a part of the project.

"(Fervor co-owner David Hilker and I) have seen the movie and are proud we could help add that extra bit of authenticity to what is a serious, chilling true story," Freundlich says. "Clearly, the producers went the extra mile to bring the story to life in detail and give the audience a real thrill. It reminds you that truth is indeed stranger than fiction, and makes for a heck of a film. You just can't write that stuff."

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The Jetzons were cool. I like that eighties music. Bruce's later band The Revenants were also great. I still play their"Artists and Whores" album frequently.

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