friday mixed tape: john hughes movies

by Hugh

Writer/director John Hughes had a string of movies in the eighties that were definitive for a certain-type of middle class North American early-teen (ie. a type like me). They were usually about angsty high school seniors, rich kids (mostly cool jerks) and their less-well-off school mates (alienated music-lovers with soul), and usually a Romeo-Juliet story of love across class that cannot be. Here are a few vids from those soundtracks (somewhere i have a few of these on tape).

Simple Minds: Don’t You (Forget About Me) (1985)
from: The Breakfast Club (1985)

The greatest (?) of all John Hughes films …

Charlie Sexton: Beat’s So Lonely (1985)
from: Some Kind of Wonderful (1987)

Charlie Sexton was, apparently, a guitar prodigy. He pretty much disappeared from public view after this album, Pictures for Pleasure, but continued working with other artists, including David Bowie and Bob Dylan. He also produced my old Blizzarts pal Peter Elkas’ album, Wall of Fire.

Echo and the Bunnymen: Bring on the Dancing Horses (1985)
from: Pretty in Pink (1986)

Pretty in Pink was probably the most alternative of the Hughes movies, and I owned this soundtrack on tape. It had all sorts of great stuff on it, including the Smiths, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, New Order, Suzanne Vega.