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“We’re All Pretty Bizarre. Some Of Us Are Just Better At Hiding It, That’s All.”

Oh how I adore a good John Hughes movie!  Nobody has the ability to understand and portray middle-class, suburban, teenage angst like John Hughes.  He’s a master!  Since this past weekend was a long one–thank you, Dr. King–I spent the weekend working and blogging with a marathon of John Hughes movies running in the background.  While I was busy at work it dawned on me that the only thing better than a John Hughes movie is a John Hughes movie soundtrack!  So here they are, my favorite songs from John Hughes movies:

8. Yello–Oh Yeah from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.’

Who can forget the persuasive argument Ferris used to convince his BFF Cameron to steal his father’s treasured Ferrari for the day?  “A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile.”  Indeed Ferris.  Indeed.

7. Young MC–Bust A Move from ‘Uncle Buck.’

One of the best scenes in Uncle Buck is when he bursts into a teenage house party donning a trench coat, hat, and cigar in order to rescue his niece from Bug.  Bust A Move is playing as Buck maneuvers his way through the house and his interaction with the obnoxious teenage crowd is hilarious.

6. Otis Redding–Try A Little Tenderness from ‘Pretty In Pink.’

My FAVORITE scene in Pretty in Pink is when Duckie serenades Andie in the record store.  Who wouldn’t love to be serenaded with Otis Redding?

5. Kate Bush–This Woman’s Work from ‘She’s Having A Baby.’

I just really like this song and it appears at the emotional climax of the movie so you just can’t help but cry when you hear it.  The song has been remade a few times most notably by both Maxwell and Greg Laswell.  I would highly recommend checking out Greg’s version of the song.

4. Psychedelic Furs–Pretty in Pink from ‘Pretty In Pink.’

Not much to say other than this is simply a great song!

3. Thompson Twins–If You Were Here from ‘Sixteen Candles.’

Oh who could forget the moment when Sam walks out the front doors of the church, the cars all pull away and there stands Jake Ryan as the opening notes of If You Were Here start playing.  I’m 30 years old, I’ve seen this movie millions of times, and that scene still gets me.  Every.  Time.

2. Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark–If You Leave from ‘Pretty In Pink.’

The big finale.  Blaine finally ignores the opinions of his stuck up friends and tells Andie that he loves her.  Duckie sacrifices his happiness by encouraging the girl he loves to go after the guy she loves.  Great song for a great ending!

1. Simple Minds–Don’t You Forget About Me from ‘The Breakfast Club.’

No surprise on this one.  I remember watching The Breakfast Club for the first time and the second the movie finished I couldn’t get my hands on the soundtrack fast enough.  An absolutely perfect song for the end of the movie.  Every time I hear it I have to resist the urge to throw my fist up in the air Judd Nelson style!


Day #20: A Song That You Listen To When You’re Angry

This is one of the very few days where I read the subject and instantly knew what song to write about. The song I listen to when I’m in a crummy mood is the same song I’ve been listening to since high school–sophomore year in case you were wondering–The Verve’s Bittersweet Symphony. It’s funny, but it’s one of those songs that I’ve listened to a million times and yet it doesn’t seem like there is any possible way that I will ever tire of it. I am also impressed at its staying power. Sometimes you listen to songs from the 90’s and it’s kind of obvious that they are from the 90’s, but this song seems timeless. Granted, that could be because The Verve ripped off The Rolling Stones but let’s not go there shall we?

Day #19: A Song From Your Favorite Album

I might not remember exactly how old I was when I became a U2 fan, or what I was doing the moment I heard it, but I do remember the first U2 song I fell in love with and that was Where the Streets Have No Name. Yep, my love for U2 started with their album The Joshua Tree. I know I’m not in any way original for picking this one. U2 is a hugely popular band, and The Joshua Tree is their most popular album, but I felt like they needed to be mentioned somewhere in my 30 day journey and this just made sense.

Day #18: A Song That You Wish You Heard On The Radio

I wish I heard almost anything else other than the crap they have playing on the radio most of the time! I will also never understand why they have to cycle through the same 10 songs for what seems like forever before putting new music on. I rarely listen to the radio anymore. That doesn’t really help with the question though does it? Honestly though, there are many artists who deserve air play that simply don’t get any. It’s really quite tragic. Especially because these individuals continue to go unknown to many thanks to their lack of air time.

To answer the question though, I think it would be kind of fun to hear Pink Martini on the radio. A good friend introduced me to these guys and I was hooked immediately. They are a group without genre. They do a little bit of everything and they do it well!