Film and TV

The Breakfast Club Sound Track Sounds Even Better Now

When The Breakfast Club arrived in theaters 30 years ago, I passed on it. Instead, I waited until it was released on VHS, then went to Foodarama's video department and waited some more, until a copy in a hard-shelled casing was finally available, tucked behind the empty slip-cover that showed the characters in their iconic group pose.

After I'd left the store with the movie -- and probably some kernel popcorn, Snickers bars and whatever Mom might have scribbled onto the grocery list for me -- I was pretty impressed. The dialogue rang true. I knew kids like the ones portrayed in the film. And I was certain Judd Nelson's performance was Oscar-worthy. I was only 19 years old, so I was prone to occasional fits of misguided thinking.

Two things I knew at the time that haven't changed over these many years are a) I preferred girls like Ally Sheedy's wacko to Molly Ringwald's pampered princess; and b) the music in the film was pretty awesome.

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Jesse’s been writing for the Houston Press since 2013. His work has appeared elsewhere, notably on the desk of the English teacher of his high school girlfriend, Tish. The teacher recognized Jesse’s writing and gave Tish a failing grade for the essay. Tish and Jesse celebrated their 33rd anniversary as a couple in October.