Dont You Forget About Me: Contemporary Writers on the Films of John Hughes by Jaime ClarkeNo one captured the teen portion of the eighties as poignantly as writer-director John Hughes. Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Buellers Day Off, and Some Kind of Wonderful are timeless tales of love, angst, longing, and self-discovery that illuminated and assuaged the anxieties of an entire generation.
Fondly nostalgic, filled with wit and surprising insights, dont you forget about me contains original essays from a skillfully chosen crop of novelists and essayists on the films far-reaching effects on their own lives -- an irresistible read for anyone who came of age in the eighties (or just wishes they did).
Featuring new writing from:
Steve Almond * Julianna Baggott * Lisa Borders * Ryan Boudinot * T Cooper * Quinn Dalton * Emily Franklin * Lisa Gabriele * Tod Goldberg * Nina de Gramont * Tara Ison * Allison Lynn * John McNally * Dan Pope * Lewis Robinson * Ben Schrank * Elizabeth Searle * Mary Sullivan * Rebecca Wolff * Moon Unit Zappa
30 Facts About Don’t You (Forget About Me)
It was the mids and we were on the verge of making it big all over the world, having just released Sparkle in the Rain. However, as with many UK bands, the US was proving tough to crack. Then our record company came to us with an idea. The director John Hughes was making a movie called The Breakfast Club , and they thought it would be a great vehicle for their bands. Nah, we write our own songs. But my wife at the time, Chrissie [Hynde], who was older and wiser, kept badgering me.
30 Facts You Might Not Know
In his first year at Greendale , Jeff posed as a "board certified Spanish tutor" creating a fake Spanish study group to impress his classmate Britta. He and was surprised when Britta invited Abed to the study session who in turn invited Annie , Shirley , Pierce and Troy. When the group began to argue amongst themselves, Britta tricked Jeff into calming things down by agreeing to have dinner with him afterwards. After resolving the conflict with a Winger speech , Britta recanted on her promise and revealed to the group his fake credentials. They kicked him out and tried to resume studying but found it wasn't as fun without Jeff and the session quickly ended. The group reconnected with Jeff who was outside the library and took pity on him. They decided to forgive him and invited him to return to the study group.
But the song had to work hard to be recorded at all. No one particularly wanted to sing it, and it was turned down by the Fixx, Bryan Ferry, and Billy Idol before landing back in the lap of the band Simple Minds, who had initially rejected the idea of recording it, because they wanted to do only their own material. It had been written by Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff with a film in mind: The Breakfast Club, a movie about five teenagers coming to terms with each other during a stint in Saturday school detention. The song would be pivotal in framing the film, playing once at the opening, and then more prominently at the closing. But they were virtually unknown in the US, despite being six albums into their career by the time the year started.
Directed by Matt Austin , the film was named after the hit song by Simple Minds , which in turn was the theme song for Hughes' film The Breakfast Club. The film specifically focused on Hughes' fade from prominence in the early s. The documentary details the journey of a group of young filmmakers who go in search of the reclusive icon, documenting their search through interviews of the people with whom Hughes had worked and fans of his films. The film was completed in , but did not find a distributor for over a year. When Hughes died of a heart attack, aged 59, on August 6, , a bidding war broke out for the film.