The Critics Choice Movie Awards on VH1 gave out some proper awards including best picture to “The Hurt Locker” (beating out the likes of “Avatar”) and best song to T-Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for “The Weary Kind.” Also, rightly featured was a tribute to the great John Hughes who died in August.
[John Hughes talking with Matthew Broderick, Mia Sara and Alan Ruck. Everett Collection photo.]
Hughes, in his heyday, was an unparalleled master of the soundtrack, the pop song, and the musical cue. Time and again he used pop songs to shape his crucial scenes, fusing song and film together. They often left an indelible mark on the worldview of the viewer, and the proof is in the cultural impact of his films throughout the 80’s, the decade he gleefully lorded over before disappearing from public view.
The awards tribute was sealed with a performance by Death Cab For Cutie, covering one of the best songs from the decade, “Don’t You,” by Simple Minds from “The Breakfast Club.” Ben Gibbard, rolling like square-faced Crispin Glover, really blew the performance. Normally I would praise Mr. Gibbard for his efforts, but this was so horrid I had to spend all evening watching Hughes films to get it out of my mind (see below if you missed it, sorry).
Here’s some of the real thing to help you through your own recovery.
Don’t You, by Simple Minds – “The Breakfast Club”
Weird Science, by Oingo Boingo – “Weird Science”
Oh Yeah, by Yello. “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”