An abundance of tributes have surfaced on the web in the wake of director John Hughes' passing this past week. Marc Spitz has written a lovely tribute to Hughes on SPIN's website, commemorating the role of music in the director's films. While the director is frequently lauded for his uncanny ability to capture teenage angst and confusion, the role of music in his films is of equal, if not greater, importance. Watching Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, and Judd Nelson dance around the library in The Breakfast Club made you want to copy Ringwald's jerky dance moves and cut a rug in your own school library (although when actually attempted, you may have met with less success, as I did). The Psychedelic Furs' "Pretty in Pink" makes the opening credits of Pretty in Pink all the more intimate and real; who wouldn't want to get ready for school with the help of Richard Butler's croon?
Hughes' movies captured the evanescent nature of youth both via his young group of actors and through the music he filled his films with. His movies will live on forever as a loving tribute to the music and youth of a particular era. Make sure to check out Spitz's tribute to an overlooked master of the movie soundtrack.