Friday, August 06, 2010

Two Forgotten Friday Favorites: Tribute to John Hughes

I had a funny feeling that today marked the one-year anniversary of director John Hughes' death. Kind of eerie that I was correct. So in honor of Hughes, today's Two Forgotten Friday Favorites are two songs from his films: If You Leave by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (which was from the movie Pretty in Pink), and Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds.

By the way, how sad was it during this year's Oscars when actors from Hughes' films paid tribute to him? That was my favorite moment of the award show. Thanks, Mr. Hughes, for making movies that my generation could relate to and for letting us fans know that we were not alone when it came to teenage struggles in the 80s.

I cannot embed the OMD video, so you can view it here on YouTube.

6 comments:

  1. I can't believe it's been a whole year.

    I never watch the Oscars but caught it this year by chance, and I too found it very moving. Seeing his kids was so heartbreaking. Too young to lose your father.

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  2. True...but the blessing is that he chose to raise his kids outside of Hollywood, since he'd seen the bad side and didn't want to raise a family there.

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  3. I just showed my very social teen daughter the Breakfast Club just the other day - she completely related and loved it. Nat. Lamp. Vacation, Weird Science, Buehler; The music, the movies, the actors, and they are -still- great and my favs. Hughes hit the nail on the proverbial nail-on-the-head so many times; how did he do it? Thanks for the heads-up Pam@GoRetro! (Some hate the Eighties which were my early 20's; I still love them).
    stay-at-home-dad

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  4. Oh! I just discovered that he was born in the town I lived in as a young teen and raised just a relatively few miles of where I was. Maybe that is why his lens was so clear to me!? But of course, it was obviously clear to sooo many others as well.

    stay-at-home-dad

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  5. Stay-at-home-dad, it's nice to hear about parents introducing their kids to their generation's pop culture (and the kids getting it!) The Breakfast Club is a classic and apparently proving itself to be timeless. I love the 80s!

    Yep, Hughes grew up near Chicago and he kept most if not all of his movies set in that area. I love the Chicago area.

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  6. My friend loved all those type of movies in the 80s and saw most of them in the theater. I wasn't really interested in them but later that decade did see some of them on TV. I liked Ferris Bueller and Pretty In Pink. If You Leave is one of my favourite 80s songs.

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