With the reboot of Ghostbusters comes a reboot of the classic theme song, this one performed by Fall Out Boy with a featured rap from Missy Elliott. As a whole, fans haven’t exactly taken to the rendition, but Ray Parker Jr., who composed the original theme, isn’t as vicious in his analysis.
Parker called the cover “interesting” during an interview with Inside Edition. “I’m not gonna say whether it’s good or bad,” he said. “I’m just gonna say maybe I’m an old guy now and I like it the old way.”
Not only did Parker compose the iconic tune, but he also sang in the accompanying music video with the cast and won a Grammy for his work. “I wish they had called me to maybe work with some of the younger guys and help them get a direction,” he added.
Directed by Paul Feig, Ghostbusters is also the subject of a misogyny-laced backlash. Parker, however, praised Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. “I think it’s a natural progression,” he said. “Look at all the excitement that it’s generated this year.”
Ghostbusters will hit theaters on July 15, and you can watch Parker’s comments in the video above.