RIP John Hughes: Great Movies…Great Soundtracks

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His movies defined a generation.
Yep. Mine.
When John Hughes passed away suddenly this week from a heart attack, I think it’d be fair to say that a bit of the ’80’s went with him.
I’m not going to write an article chronicling his life – plenty of those have been written and read in the past few days. No need to recap his films, really…I’d venture to guess that many of us have whole sections memorized.
I’m going to listen to the music that accompanied them…let the songs trigger memories…chuckle to myself, or just laugh out loud.
Thanks, John.

(UPDATE: I added more since this morning…kept thinking of others I loved.)


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Love of the Common People – Paul Young
Wild Sex (In the Working Class) – Oingo Boingo
Peter Gunn Theme – Ray Anthony
Whistle Down the Wind – Nick Heyward
Turning Japanese – The Vapors
If You Were Here – Thompson Twins
Young Americans – David Bowie

Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds
Fire in the Twilight – Wang Chung

Weird Science – Oingo Boingo
Wanted Man – Ratt
Tenderness – General Public

(had to sub E=MC2, because I was not leaving Big Audio Dynamite off this list…)
The Edge of Forever – The Dream Academy
Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton
Love Missile F1-11 – Sigue Sigue Sputnik
March of the Swivelheads – English Beat
Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Dream Academy
Oh, Yeah – Yello
Pretty in Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
If You Leave – OMD
Left of Center – Suzanne Vega
Bring on the Dancing Horses – Echo and the Bunnymen

The Hardest Walk – The Jesus and Mary Chain
Miss Amanda Jones – Rolling Stones (and also a cover by March Violets that I couldn’t find)
Catch My Fall – Billy Idol
Apron Strings – Everything But the Girl
This Woman’s Work – Kate Bush
How Sweet it Is – Marvin Gaye
More Than a Feeling – Boston
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