Oh my, my. It seems my nephew is besotted with the music and movies of the 1980s.
Next week is his 11th birthday and my sister has been slowly indoctrinating him into the pop culture. Am working up a John Hughes-heavy playlist for some CDs I’m making him. It’s a surprise, so don’t tell him! Things are looking like it might have to be a double CD… too hard to choose!
Today’s tune is going on the playlist: Eighties, by Killing Joke, was used as the theme song for the short-lived That ’80s Show, which starred Glenn Howerton as a record store guy - you may recognize him as Dennis from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Watch the pilot for That ’80s Show here.
NP: Weird Science by Oingo Boingo.
I wanna hear these!
Mixtapes made by John Hughes to give to his actors for character inspiration.
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OK - here’s my kick-ass John Hughes Playlist I’ve scrounged up from all over in 2 screens.
Pretty In Pink tracks 8, 9, 12, 13, 31, 37, 38, 40, 41
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off tracks 1, 5, 6, 16, 17, 21, 35
Sixteen Candles tracks 14, 18, 22, 39
The Breakfast Club tracks 2 (was hoping to find the instrumental version at the film’s start), 11, 23, 25, 27, 28, 29, 33, 42, 43 (not on the soundtrack, but quoted over black at the start of the film - the quote screen “shatters” revealing the image of the school)
Some Kind Of Wonderful tracks 3 (not actually in the film, but nonetheless - the title track), 4, 10, 20, 32
Weird Science tracks 15, 36
The Great Outdoors track 19
National Lampoon’s Vacation track 24
She’s Having A Baby track 26
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MP3 audio above: “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want”
(Smiths cover - instrumental version) by The Dream Academy as featured in
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Was pretty disheartened at the recent death of film director/writer John Hughes. Although he’d certainly had a staggering amount of commercial success in the last two decades of his life, there was a part of me that always hoped he’d come back with a trio of films as moving and terrific as his Sixteen Candles - The Breakfast Club - Pretty In Pink trifecta. Not to mention Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or any of the slew of other great films he wrote. Or even the sheer volume of bands he introduced us to, especially those of us growing up in suburbia where classic rock reigned, at least until MTV became a pipeline to other types of music.
I’ll never get the chance to ask John Hughes the question about music in his films that has tortured me for decades: Why isn’t Nik Kershaw’s original version of “Wouldn’t It Be Good” used in ‘Pretty in Pink’ or on the soundtrack disc? Probably just a mundane licensing issue, but it drives me batty since Nik’s song was a decent-sized MTV hit. Hell, this video was probably the height of technology until a-Ha came along.
But I digress. The above audio link is for those of us who remember. It’s not something that’s too easily found, but will be instantly recognizable if you play it. The Dream Academy, best known for their hit “Life In A Northern Town,” recorded a cover of The Smiths tune “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want.” The instrumental version of this track is the song that plays in Ferris Bueller during the montage at the Chicago Museum Of Art, and is especially memorable when Cameron is staring at the painting:
Hughes also used the song in “Pretty In Pink,” albeit the original Smiths version. The Dream Academy version seems to be pretty obscure, and difficult to find. Hopefully listening to this track brings back some memories. I know it ran all through my head during my visit to the same museum. The song is back in theaters this summer: both the Smiths and She & Him versions are in 500 Days of Summer.
If you want something else to read while listening to this song, click on this John Hughes story here from a pen-pal. This is an amazing tale, and a very moving blog post at that. The part about why Hughes left Hollywood is eye-opening and saddening, but this story is well worth reading for anyone who was a fan of his films. It really sheds a little light on the man who seemed to want to stay out of the spotlight and let the work speak for itself. NPR has picked up the story on All Things Considered.
My friend Vern drew my attention to other writing he did. This story “Vacation ‘58” definitely was a dry run for a little film you might remember called “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”
Now go listen to the Psychedelic Furs or something! Either the original guitar-based version of “Pretty In Pink” or the sax-driven one from the movie, take your pick.