THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE:
...with JOHN HUGHES! The sportos, motorheads, geeks, sluts, buds, wasteoids, dweebies and dickheads, they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. The writer/director behind Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, National Lampoon's Vacation movies, Home Alone, Planes, Trains & Automobiles and many more died Aug 6, 2009. Hughes masterfully married music to movies, so I pay video tribute to him today, starting (of course) with "Don't You Forget About Me" by Simple Minds from The Breakfast Club (the drumming on this song is impeccable), and Karla DeVito's "We Are Not Alone," along with the Ramones playing "Blitzkrieg Bop" (from National Lampoon's Vacation), David Bowie's "Young Americans" and The Vapors one-hit wonder, "Turning Japanese" and Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" (all from Sixteen Candles, which opens to a clip of veteran WLS DJs Larry Lujack and Tommy Edwards), Van Halen's cover of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and General Public's "Tenderness" (both from Weird Science), the Psychedelic Furs re-recorded title track from Pretty In Pink, which also featured Jon Cryer lip-synching to Otis Redding's "Try A Little Tenderness" (that last clip is a blistering live take from the 1967 Stax tour -- and excellent, btw), The Smiths' "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" (a Hughes perennial; here, the Dream Academy cover from FBDO), and OMD's "If You Leave," plus two more from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Danke Schoen" and "Twist and Shout" (which was shot on Dearborn and Randolph Streets in Chicago, with International Polka Queen Vlasta atop the float, though Cameron and Sloane were in front of the Post Office down the street), plus Yello's unforgettable-no-matter-how-you-try "Oh, Yeah." Videos are scarce for Some Kind of Wonderful, but I found Flesh for Lulu's "I Go Crazy" and the March Violets' take on the Stones' "Miss Amanda Jones."
LIZ COOPER & THE STAMPEDE advance streams Window Flowers.
THE WAR AND TREATY advance streams Healing Tide.
JASON EADY advance streams I Travel On.
TOM MORELLO shares two songs from his upcoming solo project.
CREAM syncs "I Feel Free" at the Beat Club.
STRAWBERRY FIELDS will re-open as a tourist attraction for Beatles fans.
THE TRAGICALLY HIP: Why were they so beloved in the Great White North?
JAY-Z IS THE ROLLING STONES: A Dad Rock-To-Dad Rap Conversion Guide.
THE NUMBER ONES looks at the Beach Boys' "Help Me, Rhonda" and the beginning of Brian Wilson's full-time studio-auteur era.
NOW SHOWING: This weekend's wide releases include Disney's Christopher Robin, which is currently scoring 56 percent on the ol Tomatometer; The Darkest Minds, which is currently scorning 15 percent; The Spy Who Dumped Me, scoring 40 percent; and Death of a Nation, which was not advance screened for critics.
JAMES GUNN is unlikely to be rehired by Disney.
CHARLIE SHEEN is having a "dire financial crisis," and has "less than 10 million to his name."
MEGHAN MARKLE: Being kept at a distance from the press?
REBECCA FERGUSON, hot off Mission: Impossible Fallout,is being set for a plum role in the Men in Black spinoff.
DOG & RACOON, sleeping together... mass hysteria!
A FLORIDA MAN who took an alligator into a store on a beer run is arrested.
THREE PEOPLE were taken to the hospital Monday night after a single car rollover accident caused by a spider.
A RARE BLUE CRAB was caught in Virginia.