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