80s Movie Soundtracks

This morning in our Discord & Rhyme Twitter timeline, I ran across this fact.  The Breakfast Club, the movie, was released on this date in 1985.  That’s right.  It was released 30 years ago today.  After reeling from how old that makes me feel, I thought about how much I loved movies like this one as a kid and all of the other movies directed and written by John Hughes.  Who didn’t, right?  It seemed to me that we all loved the romantic comedy elements and felt like we could relate to one or more of the characters.  The Breakfast Club was no different, in that respect.  Yet, these movies all had one other really important element that drew me to them and that is the music, the movie soundtracks connected to them.  How many truly amazing songs were found on these soundtracks?  Let’s take a look at a couple of the ones that I loved, loved, loved.

The Breakfast Club Soundtrack
This movie might not have had the most songs that grabbed my attention but it had one of the most significant songs, which was, of course, the song playing at the end of the movie.  Who didn’t fall in love with the song, “Don’t You (Forget About Me)” by Simple Minds?!  I loved reading about the story behind this song in the book, Mad World, and how even though they didn’t write it themselves, they did work to make it their own.

Pretty in Pink
The soundtrack for the movie, Pretty in Pink, might be one of the best ones out there.  Let’s look at the track listing:

1. If You Leave – Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
2. Left of Center – Suzanne Vega w/ Joe Jackson
3. Get To Know Ya – Jesse Johnson
4. Do Wot You Do – INXS
5. Pretty In Pink – The Psychedelic Furs
6. Shell-Shock – New Order
7. Round, Round – Belouis Some
8. Wouldn’t It Be Good – Danny Hutton Hitters
9. Bring On The Dancing Horses – Echo & The Bunnymen
10. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

There are so many great songs and bands on this one from OMD to Psychedelic Furs to Echo and the Bunnymen.  What I think made it even better than just the number of great songs is how and where they were used in the movie.  Who doesn’t remember the scene with Duckie feeling completely rejected while the Smiths played or when “If You Leave” was played at the end during the prom scene?  The music definitely enhanced the story.

Which soundtracks did you love?  Which soundtracks enhanced the movie for you?  If you feel like taking a walk back in time, you are in luck.  Apparently, the Breakfast Club will be returning to the theater as part of its anniversary, according to this article on ew.com.  Then, you can relive not only the movie but also the soundtrack in its original form.



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