John Hughes – A Voice and Soundtrack for a Generation

I was saddened when I heard that John Hughes had died.

I couldn’t imagine my childhood without John Hughes’ movies and music. From the groundbreaking Mr. Mom to the teen angst comedies 16 Candles, Pretty in Pink and Breakfast Club. I crushed on Jake Ryan, identified with Samantha Baker and went to school with a few Farmer Teds. I remember embracing Ferris Bueller’s mantra “leisure rules” and learning to take life not so seriously. I learned about high school, dating, voodoo economics (hee), society and family life through John Hughes’ eyes.

Not only did John Hughes make great movies, he provided original soundtracks with fresh new music when we were still being force-fed a limited number of songs on rotation at local radio stations.

Hughes’ movies set the precedent for future teen comedies and TV shows like 90210. He changed our culture and gave teens a voice. He captured all of the dizzying emotions that teens experience yet kept it real. Music and fashion industries were also impacted by this teen uprising.

I went shopping with friends after the movies to buy the latest Samantha hat, vintage dress and funky jewelry. I wanted to drive a Volkswagen Karmann Ghia after I saw Pretty in Pink.

Here are some great links regarding the movies and music of John Hughes. I am so thankful that he shared his stories with us and that they live on.

John Hughes: The Soundtrack to a Generation – LA Times blog

5 Movies that John Hughes will be Remembered For – Jezebel

John Hughes Movies: A Decade of Fashion Trends – Open Fashion Blog

Sincerely, John Hughes We’ll Know When We Get There – a fan becomes a pen pal of John Hughes and shares her experience

Another Touching John Hughes Story – Defamer – sarcastic yet the essay referenced is endearing – the blogger lived next door to the 16 Candles house during filming in Chicago.

The Neverland Club – Molly Ringwald’s Op-Ed in the New York Times about John Hughes.

Real Men Can’t Hold A Match to Jake Ryan of ‘Sixteen Candles’ – Washington Post piece that I sent to all of my girlfriends (half of which have sons named Jake or Ryan. Hmmm.)

Posted on August 11, 2009, in 80s, alternative music, family, music, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. mcarteratthemovies

    The death of John Hughes is a monumental loss. He had such a knack for treating teen-agers like people and finding humanity in their interactions. Not many directors do that. He really was more than a writer and director — he defined the ’80s and redefined how people saw teen-agers.

    M. Carter at the Movies

  2. Hi, this is a bit OT, but in response to your post on 99 X from last year. 99 X is actually back! At 97.9:

    I was particularly heartened to see they apparently brought back “Organic X” on Sunday mornings.

    On topic, I loved John Hughes movies! And the music from them were great, especially the “Pretty in Pink” soundtrack.

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