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April 08, 2010


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I was too young to see these movies when they came out, and a lot of them I still haven't seen!

But I did love St Elmo's Fire and the song Love Theme from St Elmo's Fire. "We laughed until we had to cry...."

Susan B

There were so many well-placed songs in John Hughes' movies, but my personal favourite is Dream Academy's version of "Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want," which ran over the Art Institute scene in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Great scene with the perfect music to match.


I feel badly that today's teens and pre-teens have the Twilight movies -- no comparison to the great teen movies of the 80s!

Favorite song -- of course, Pretty in Pink. It was such a harsh, raspy song about the color pink -- loved it!

Ann F

Gayle, thanks so much for reviewing this. I can't wait to read it. You KNOW I love the 80s.

Kerri @ bookends

Oh that was a great scene and song in Sixteen Candles - but I liked Pretty in Pink just a bit better. "If You Leave" - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - is still one of my favorites. I would love to read this book. Thanks for hosting.


I love watching these movies -- even now, at age 37, I watch "Sixteen Candles" and feel younger than Sam. (I was 11 when I saw it for the first time.) My favorite song, though, is "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from "The Breakfast Club." Every time I hear it, I picture the final scene of the movie.

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Great classic movie!

Amy W.

I need to read this book! There was time when I could quote every line from the Breakfast Club. I fell madly in love with Eric Stolz in Some Kind of wonderful...dreamy. The soundtracks were amazing. Very hard to pick a favorite song, though I loved Ducky lipsynching to Try a Little Tenderness....

Julie P.

Can't wait to read this one! I was on a twitter chat with Ms. Gora a few weeks ago that was a lot of fun.


I think Breakfast Club has to be my favorite. John Huges went to my high school and many of the scenes were actually filmed there in several of his movies! If You Leave is for sure my favorite song from his movies. This book would bring me down memory lane for sure!
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This is like choosing a favorite pair of hard! I'll have to go with "If You Leave" by OMD from "Pretty in Pink." And, while not from a Brat Pack film, honorary mention goes to "Purple Rain." Now I must turn on my 80s mix and crimp my hair.

Larissa Fair

I want to read this and John Hugues was legendary.

Danke Schoen from Ferris Buellar is stellar. And of course how can you not mention In Your Eyes via Say Anything?

I love cheesy 80's ballads.

Lionel Richie Hello (was that 80s?)
Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Starship

OH MANNEQUIN -- love those movies.

OK I'll stop, I just want the book. :)


Thanks for this excellent post. I wold remember Flashdance as the best ever, both the movie and soundtrack.

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