A bit of a change this week, in the first part of a Cathode Ray Choob tribute to film writer/director/producer John Hughes, who died suddenly on Thursday, aged 59, after suffering a heart attack while walking in New York.
For those of us who were teenagers in the 80s, Hughes’ high-school movies – in particular Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Some Kind Of Wonderful – were truly inspirational, in their way, helping to define and reflect our generation.
Despite the cultural differences between the USA and UK, we could all identify with the themes of coming-of-age angst and social stereotyping that were central to most of Hughes’ films of that period.
More on Hughes and his work tomorrow. For now, we turn to The Breakfast Club – one of my all-time favourite movies and arguably the best of its genre – and, in particular its theme song, Don’t You (Forget About Me), which was written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff and performed by Scots rockers Simple Minds.
In truth, it’s arguably more identified with the film, the genre, the era and, indeed, with John Hughes than with the Minds who, despite the exposure and profile it gave them worldwide, have always seemed rather dismissive of it, presumably because they did not write it.
Usually in this Video Killed The Radio Star feature I present classic or unusual or otherwise interesting music videos but for one week only, I’m going to spotlight a fan-made video for the song that pays tribute to the film and it’s writer/director.Vodpod videos no longer available.
For completeness, here is the official video for the song:Vodpod videos no longer available.