Even though John Hughes had not made a decent movie since 1991's Dutch (missile twisters FTW) when he died one year ago today, the world still mourned the loss of one of the best filmmakers to ever take on the human experience. Hughes may have only dealt with dysfunctional Midwesterners, but everyone understood what his characters were going through. And the man knew his music.
To honor the man, Etro Lounge (1424 Westheimer) will be hosting its First Annual John Hughes Party, complete with Hughes movie music, drink specials, giveaways, and a costume contest. The party is free, of course. If you aren't hip and/or nasty, Etro is located behind Anvil and across the street from Boondocks,.
The past year since Hughes went off to the big prom in the sky, we have seen many movies that rightfully deserved a John Hughes-style soundtrack of their own.
1. The Hangover: The Hangover was just Planes, Trains, and Automobiles with Zach Galifinakis standing in for John Candy. The soundtrack for Planes had a lot of Steve Earle on it actually. Oh yeah, and some Yello. We could have dealt with Earle's Copperhead Road as the soundtrack for The Hangover, with Yello's "Oh Yeah" during the drunken party scenes.
2. Avatar: Rocks Off has never seen Avatar ourselves, but we have walked through our house enough and caught our roommates jamming out to the cosmic cat caper on Mars or whatever. All the outdoors stuff reminded us of Hughes' 1988 flick The Great Outdoors, which featured a lot of R&B burners. So hell, why not have the Coasters doing "Yakety Yak" when that one guy gets turned into a Steroid Smurf?
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3. Twilight: Eclipse: We wonder how Hughes took to someone partly copping his style for a teen vampire flick. He could have made the same movie in 1986 with Rob Lowe, Judd Nelson and Ally Sheedy, and maybe some Coreys. Maybe even the oily saxophone guy could have shown up from The Lost Boys. Plus, a bunch of wicked Echo & the Bunnymen, The Cure and some Love & Rockets cuts scattered throughout the movie's soundtrack.
Because when we think of vampires and werewolves, the wistful tones of Bon Iver come to mind.
4. Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince: Yet again, more teens with creepy supernatural powers, but this time they are British. Give Rocks Off the Coreys any day, wielding magic wands or whatever they do at Hogwarts Community College. Enough sweeping orchestral scores. Let's hear some Sex Pistols and The Clash or Siouxsie & the Banshees up in this mystic piece.
5. Toy Story 3: If you really think about it, the Toy Story series was really just The Breakfast Club with toys all along. They were all popular or unloved and had drawn-out philosophical discussions about their existence. All it needed was some Simple Minds or something playing. We would never say this otherwise, but screw Randy Newman. Toy Story 3 needed some "Don't You (Forget About Me)."