Thirty years ago, 30 years ago, damn I was only a kid.
One of the greatest movies of my generation was released, 30 years ago this week~ The Breakfast Club! And
tomorrow, today, would have been John Hughes 65th birthday.
Last night I was driving home on the LIE (Long Island Expressway, for those not familiar with the acronym) and I was listening to my favorite rock station, The Shark. I knew the song, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who was singing it.
Don’t you forget about me, don’t don’t don’t don’t, don’t you….. forget about me….
It’s in your head now too isn’t it?
Oh boy you’re so lucky you weren’t in the car with me, windows cracked open just a bit (it’s freezing cold out here mind you) but I had the tune cranking on the stereo, and the louder the better. I needed to know who was doing a cover of the Simple Minds classic. I Shazamed the song and found out the group was called, Life of Agony. Fantastic cover in my opinion. You should check them out, I won’t share a YouTube video, not sure if I can do that on here, but I’ll let you do a little work, it’s worth it.
So there I was, cruising the LIE, just rocking along to the tunes, and it got me thinking. Wow, growing up in the 80’s was pretty damn awesome. Good music, movies, you name it, it was good. Ok I’m about to sound old now, but seriously those were the good old days.
I remember wishing I had detention after watching the movie, only wishing that detention would turn out half as good as their day. I mean the whole dynamic, the story line, it was in-depth and had so many relevant topics, some that honestly maybe I didn’t even realize at the time. But still to this day, 30 years later, I will stop to watch it when TBS is airing it, or pop in my dvd on a cold and stormy night. Just to feel that sense of nostalgia. Yeah the good old days.
Who would have thought, The Criminal, The Jock, The Basket Case, The Princess, and The Brain would end up the way they did. I sure didn’t, and I’m also sure I wasn’t alone in that thinking. And let me just say, Judd Nelson, ohhh swoon. I had such a crush on him, and also one on Anthony Michael Hall as well. Two totally different ends of the spectrum. The Bad Boy and the Brain. Best of both worlds perhaps? I don’t know.
The John Hughes collection of movies, including Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Pretty in Pink, Sixteen Candles, you get the point. Yeah they defined my generation. Good, bad or indifferent, they really were, and in my opinion still are awesome movies. Classics now, or maybe beyond a classic.
Apparently for the 30th Anniversary it is returning to theaters. Now that’s a movie I want to see on the big screen. I just might take myself. Check here if it’s playing near you.
30 years later, and these last two pictures are from my favorite scenes. Clair and Bender are saying goodbye, she takes his hand opens it, palm up, and places her diamond earing inside and closes his hand.
Yeah that pretty much sums it up. 🙂 Don’t you forget about me, don’t don’t don’t don’t, don’t you….. forget about me….