This has been said elsewhere plenty recently, but John Hughes’ untimely recent clog-popping reminded us that, without the killer soundtracks, his movies wouldn’t have been quite so fondly remembered. While Molly Ringwald and Judd Nelson are among the first things I think of when I hear The Breakfast Club mentioned, so is “Don’t You Forget About Me”.
Watching the marvellous Adventureland at the weekend I was struck at how worthy it is of joining the pantheon of Great, Funny, Sweet Teen Movies With Amazing Soundtracks. Is Kristen Stewart going to be thought of as the new Molly Ringwald? She’s certainly angsty enough, if, perhaps, a tad too pretty.
Anyway, the Adventureland soundtrack is helped by the fact that the film is set in the 80s and that the kids like smoking dope to forget their lousy jobs and dysfunctional families. They drive around feeling tortured and listening to Lou Reed, David Bowie, The Replacements and Husker Dü.
Which brings me round to my admission that this post is really just an excuse for me to stick up one of my favourite Replacements songs, “Unsatisfied”, which appears towards the end of the film. This is frontman Paul Westerberg performing the song in 2002, and it’s lent a poignant something when you read the band’s nearly-made-it history.