Entries tagged with: John Hughes
by Bill Pearis
Eighties teen dramedy Pretty in Pink turns 30 next month and to celebrate the film is being rereleased in theaters on Valentine's Day. A weird choice for V-Day if you ask me, as Andi (Molly Ringwald) ends up choosing Andrew McCarthy's wet rag rich guy Blane ("That's a major appliance, that's not a name!") over John Cryer's clearly more deserving Duckie. The original ending actually had Andi choosing Duckie, but test audiences didn't like it so they changed it. Some argue that John Hughes wrote the very similar Some Kind of Wonderful just to right that wrong. But I digress. Those in NYC can see Pretty in Pink on Valentine's Day at the AMC Empire in Times Square. Tickets are on sale.
Pretty in Pink, which was only written by John Hughes (Howard Deutch directed this and Some Kind of Wonderful), was arguably the most musically-oriented film associated with Hughes. It may also be better-known these days for its soundtrack, which introduced a lot of kids in middle America to UK alternative acts like OMD, New Order, The Smiths and Echo & the Bunnymen. John Hughes wrote on the back cover of the soundtrack
The music in Pretty in Pink was not an afterthought. The tracks on this album and in this film are there because Howie Deutch and I believe in the artists, respect the artists and are proud to be in league with them."It did kind of ruin Psychedelic Furs' song which inspired the film's title, using a rerecording that adds slick production and egregious saxophone. You can stream the soundtrack below.
You may also remember that Andi worked in a record store, Trax, which brings us to another NYC anniversary celebration: Rough Trade on February 26 will transform into Traxx for a "Pretty in Pink 30th Anniversary Dance Party." It doesn't sound as elaborate as the Empire Records party last year, but does feature a "Duckie dance-off" at midnight. Tickets for that go on sale Wednesday (1/27) at noon.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Maybe they'll celebrate by finally releasing a soundtrack.
As you may have seen in today's "What's Going On?" post, Molly Ringwald is performing at 54 Below tonight (1/15, and Wednesday 1/16). She'll be doing a cabaret set of standards, and perhaps a cover of Simple Minds' "Don't You (Forget About Me)" from The Breakfast Club which she does on her forthcoming album Except ... Sometimes that will be out in April. Tickets are available for both night.
In other John Hughes-related news, this Saturday (1/19) at Union Hall it's the debut of "Novelization: A Reading Series Based on the Original Motion Picture" which features dramatic readings of "classic" movie novelizations. For the premiere event, they're doing the novelization of Pretty in Pink and features Frank "TV's Frank" Conniff, Heidi Vanderlee (The Chris Gethard Show), Todd Hanson (The Onion) and more doing the reading, plus musical guest Hand Job Academy. Novelizations of Grease, Grease 2, Rambo IV and others will also be featured. The Pretty in Pink novelization is notable in that it came out before the movie and was based on Hughes' original version of the screenplay...where [SPOILER] Duckie got the girl. Tickets are $5 and still available. More info here.
by Bill Pearis
Earlier in the week I highlighted a few bands including Mitch Easter who is at Maxwell's tonight (8/20) and Beach Fossils who are one of many bands playing the Underwater Peoples showcase at Market Hotel on Saturday (8/22).
Here are a few more show suggestions to take you through the weekend. You've got two chances to catch Edmonton, Alberta demented psych-punks Wicked Awesomes who play Cake Shop tonight (8/20) and Silent Barn on Friday (8/21). Like their Psychic Handshake labelmates Red Mass, these Canadians seem to revel in the dark musical arts of reverb, tape effects, sonic sludge and generally out-there'd-ness. (Maybe not that dissimilar to Blank Dogs if you want a NYC equivilant.) You can download "Ghost Beach" at the top of this post, though you might also want to take in "Time Shit and Crystal Snot" from their Myspace.
The Cake Shop show tonight also features the folky/country-ish indie rock of Portland, OR's Dead Trees and the Handglops who recently moved to Brooklyn from Ohio. Friday night's show at Silent Barn, Wicked Awesomes play with Minneapolis' ultra-nasally punks The Sleaze (I like that name), and NJ's Indian Casino & Jail Hippies Family Band.
Staying on the scuzzier side of things, we've got two Bay Area bands in town as well this weekend -- Impediments and Buzzer -- both of whom mine the mid-70s glam-punk scene for inspiration. And both share members. They play Don Pedro's on Saturday (8/22), Death by Audio on Sunday (8/23) and Alligator Lounge II in Greenpoint on Monday (8/24). The Impediments, still in their teens, are pretty straight-up from the Dolls/Dead Boys school of snotty rave-ups, nothing really new added to mix, but the youthful energy brings a sense of the new to it all, and it's a sound that never really goes out of style as long as there's good songs and attitude to carry it. You can download "You Want a Square" at the top of this post. The band were interviewed earlier this year by Thrasher Magazine:
Thrasher: There seems to be a recent resurgence of bands emulating the '70s punk vibe, with a lot of songs that touch on various themes of teenage life. Is it weird being one of the few of these bands with actual teenagers in the lineup? Do you guys get turned down from 21+ clubs because of your age?Ray is also in Buzzer with whom the Impediments are on tour. The band only have two 7" singles out so far (you can download their debut, "Disco Kidz" at the top of the post), but I think I give them the slight edge between the two groups. There's a darker vibe, maybe a bit of a Damned thing going on, and both A-sides are ace. Worth checking out.
Ray Seraphin: Can't really care about it. We are so far removed from bands like The Briefs and The Riffs that I don't even think it's worth discussing. We write what comes out of us; we're not aiming for something. We're not the Stitches. We're not cool 20-somethings with spiked hair, neon colored sunglasses, and trendy heroin addictions. We're not automatons thinking that everything Johnny Thunders shot up his dick is totally rad. We're a bunch of dorky kids who like dorky records. We haven't got turned down by a venue for our age as of yet, but we often get kicked out of bars after we're done playing while they keep our draw. Fun!
A couple more items: If you got tickets to see one of Nine Inch Nails' shows over the next week, show up early to catch The Horrors who have made one of the better albums of 2009. Like a lot of people I didn't pay that much attention to them previously but damn if Primary Colours isn't kind of amazing and totally deserving of its Mercury Prize nomination. Mind you, I'm prone to like things that owe to '80s post punk and goth, as well as '90s shoegaze, but they transcend the influences I think. Like My Bloody Valentine's Loveless, some of the sounds on the record make you wonder if you're stereo is melting. In a good way. You can download "Sea Within a Sea" at the top of this post and check out their trippy video for new single "Mirror's Image" further down. I haven't seen them play anytime recently so I have no idea if they can pull it off live, but I plan on seeing them when they hit town again next month -- Bowery Ballroom on 9/17 with Crocodiles.
For those of you still mourning the loss of '80s teen movie kingpin John Hughes, come to Cake Shop Saturday Night (8/22) for an "All-Star 34 Band Salute to John Hughes" ending with what is being promised as "DANCE PARTY OF THE YEAR AFTERWARDS!!!! UPSTAIRS AND DOWN!!!" on Cake Shop's Twitter. As someone who obsessively tracked down all the songs from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, this sounds like fun. No word on what bands are participating, but knowing Cake Shop we should get some of the usual NYC suspects I'd think. They've still got slots to fill, actually, so if you have a band and you've always wanted to cover The Flowerpot Men's "Beat City" or Oingo Boingo's "Wild Sex in the Working Class" or The Apartments' "The Shyest Time" drop a line to the Cake Shop folks (email@example.com). And ladies, if you can't decide which dress to wear, my advice is to stitch them together into one much worse looking creation. And then choose the wrong guy.
Videos, flyers, and tour dates are after the jump...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Radio Happy Hour 8/8/09 Featuring Andrew W.K. (MP3)
Andrew W.K. adds another page to his rapidly growing repertoire with an album of "spontaneous solo piano improvisations," 55 Cadillac, due out on September 8th. The record will be the first full-length release on his Skyscraper Music Maker label (after the amazing DAMN: The Mixtape! earlier this year). He'll accompany its release with a set of tour dates alongside the Calder Quartet, a contemporary classical group that he's gigged with before. Last year, A.W.K. and the Quartet played a November 15th Wordless Music show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, performing a set that included compositions by Philip Glass, Bach improvisations and a closing set of A.W.K.'s I Get Wet material.
The tour kicks off September 29th, and visits NYC's Joe's Pub on Friday, October 2nd. Tickets will be go on sale this Saturday.
Andrew W.K. appeared as the featured guest at LPR's monthly Radio Happy Hour on August 8th. The podcast of that episode, which is John Hughes themed (planned more than a month before the bad news), is posted above. There's also a video of Andrew W.K. on piano from that gig, with videos from his Calder Quartet performance, 55 Cadillac info, and all tour dates, posted below...
"John Hughes has died of a heart attack. Hughes suffered the heart attack while taking a morning walk during a trip to NYC to visit family. He directed such '80s hit films as "The Breakfast Club," "Pretty in Pink," "Sixteen Candles" and "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." He was 59.And let's not forget "Weird Science" and "Mr Mom" (which he wrote).
Story developing..." [TMZ]
"When Carolyn goes off to work, Jack discovers he is clueless about how to manage a household. He falls into depression as his ego and the household fall apart. He also begins socializing a lot with the housewives in his neighborhood, sharing poker games and workout routines with them. Carolyn struggles with being back in the workforce and trying to appease fussy advertising clients who have been notoriously difficult to work with. She successfully pitches an innovative idea for advertising Schooner Tuna and the president of the company is pleased and wants her to fly to Los Angeles to help shoot the commercial." [Wikipedia]He also wrote "Home Alone". RIP. Videos below...