Maybe it's just me, but I was watching Top Secret for the first time today, and I realized that the scene where Nick (Val Kilmer) sings Tutti Frutti by Little Richard felt a lot similar to the scene in Back to The Future where Marty (Michael J. Fox) sings Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry.
- In both movies, neither character was supposed to be singing
- Both songs were written by African Americans in the late 1950's
- Both songs were written in the future compared to the time the scenes were set in (the scene from Back to The Future was set in 1955, and as far as I can tell Top Secret was set during WWII)
- Both songs were clearly unexpected by both the listeners and the band
- Most of the listeners in both movies gradually liked the song more and more (except until the end in Back to The Future)
- Both movies had a lot of focus on a red electric guitar at the end of the song
- Possible similarity: In Back to The Future, Marty tells the band "this is a blues riff in 'B'," and in Top Secret, Nick also tells the band something, but I couldn't make out what he said.
My first thought was that since Top Secret is a parody film, that they got the idea from Back to The Future, but according to IMDB, Top Secret was released a year before Back to The Future.
So, my question is: did the makers of Back to The Future get the idea from Top Secret? Is it possible that the makers of Top Secret got the idea from Back to The Future before it was released? or are the similarities I see between to the two scenes merely coincidental?