Whitlock and Moroder rescued the “Top Gun” director and producers from a quagmire of 300 songs, from which they could not find a suitable match for the opening carrier-deck scene, Whitlock said.
“They had songs from all the famous people of that era, and nothing was flying,” he said. “And Giorgio and I — I think the next day — went back to another studio and wrote ‘Danger Zone.’ ”
The practical aspects of the songwriter’s craft came into play for this song, which had to fit a specific scene in the film, he said. Under these circumstances, the director and others shaping the movie typically will set requirements for the song. “You may get a model, in terms of tempo, and sometimes even style,” he said.