Friday, August 7, 2009

There are more than a couple bands, largely British bands, who should be saying a deep prayer of thanks to filmmaker John Hughes.

Hughes, the premier chronicler of 80s teenage angst, died this past week of a heart attack on the streets of New York. Not only did Hughes make some of the more memorable comedies of the 80s, he introduced scores of new bands to a bevy of midwestern teens. I know, I was one of them.

More than a few times did I head to the record shop immediately after staying for the soundtrack credits for the latest Hughes flick at the multiplex.

The closing scene of The Breakfast Club, where a not-so-convincing sensitive, tough guy Judd Nelson puts Molly Ringwald's earring in and throws his fist into the air, left an army of testosterone-fueled teenagers humming the movie's theme song. For the popular British band, it was their stateside break. The scene still soars.

“Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds (mp3)(iTunes)(Amazon)

In another finale, OMD was featured at the prom in Pretty in Pink (which was inspired by the Psychedelic Furs classic). As a result, the British bank Orchestral Manoeurvres in the Dark immediately became a staple for proms across the nation. Still, Duckie got hosed.

“If You Leave” by OMD (mp3)(iTunes)(Amazon)

In perhaps my favorite John Hughes film, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Hughes give Matthew Broderick a break of a lifetime. In this classic school-skipping flick, there are numerous memorable tunes - remember Danke Schoen - but the obscure "March of the Swivelheads" by The Beat drove the film to its finale.

“March of the Swivelheads” by The Beat (mp3)

1 comment:

Dylan said...

march of the swivelheads is such a good song and I've been looking for an MP3 version of it forever, much thanks!