Friday, 7 August 2009

John Hughes RIP

Although his films were formulaic and American, there was something about Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and my favourite, Some Kind Of Wonderful which made me watch and love them. I think it may have been to do with the great music that was used in the soundtracks or possibly Mary Stuart Masterson, Mia Sara and Molly Ringwald.

Whether it be the Smiths or Otis Redding in Pretty In Pink, or a little known Jesus and The Mary Chain track, albeit remixed in Some Kind Of Wonderful , Hughes had an ear for good music.

Sad to say that with Hughes' demise yesterday another part of my youth has been assigned to history.

If you fancy hearing good cover versions of songs used in Hughes' films check out American Laundromat Records High School Reunion, although no longer available on cd, I think it is still on ITunes.

Here are a couple of originals from the soundtracks and a couple of covers from the ALR cd
Stephen Duffy - She Loves Me

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness

The Atomic Hep Cats - Bring On The Dancing Horses

The Caulfield Sisters - Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want This Time


Simon said...

Molly Ringwald. Sigh. The American equivalent of Claire Grogan in Gregory's Girl....

a Tart said...

Otis Redding.... yep, that did it for me. I went right out and bought it and never looked back.

*sigh, my 20-something angst died a little this week.

drew said...

Tart, I know how you feel.