Episode #82: Wang Chung's Jack Hues

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The English New Wave / dance pop band, Wang Chung, formed in 1980, and rode a wave of success in the mid-'80s, with such hits as "Dance Hall Days," "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," and "Let's Go," along with the soundtrack to William Friedkin's 1986 crime thriller To Live and Die in L.A., as well as "Fire in the Twilight" from the soundtrack to The Breakfast Club.

In the decades since, the band's music has become synonymous with the '80s, and featured in dozens of films and TV shows. This Friday, May 10, Wang Chung releases Orchesography, which sees original members Jack Hues and Nick Feldman recording reimagined versions of their classic cuts with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra.

I spoke with Jack Hues by phone about all this and more.

Tracklist:

Wang Chung, "Dance Hall Days" (Orchesography)

Wang Chung, "Everybody Have Fun Tonight" (Orchesography)

Wang Chung, "Let's Go" (Orchesography)

Wang Chung, "To Live and Die in L.A." (Orchesography)

Wang Chung, "Fire in the Twilight" (The Breakfast Club OST)

Episode #59: The Breakfast Club with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr

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On this episode, we talk about the iconic 1985 John Hughes teenage comedy-drama film, The Breakfast Club, with Simple Minds' Jim Kerr.

The Breakfast Club was written, directed, and produced by John Hughes and starred Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy as the titular kids brought together by Saturday detention in fictional Shermer, Illinois.

The film's spawned memes, quotable lines, and just last week became the subject of a retrospective look in a New Yorker essay by Molly Ringwald, entitled "What About 'The Breakfast Club'? Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo." The Breakfast Club's visuals are iconographic, with the film's poster being lifted by sources as varied as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 and Archie comics.

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However, what's endured most from the 1985 movie has been the soundtrack, and in particular, Simple Minds' Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit, "Don't You (Forget About Me)." The song -- written and composed by producer Keith Forsey and Steve Schiff -- would be Simple Minds' biggest hit, while also one of the few songs not written by the band's vocalist Jim Kerr or keyboardist Charlie Burchill.

Forsey had several instrumentals featured on the soundtrack, along with songs by Wang Chung and '80s soundtrack staple E.G. Daily. It's an impressive array of '80s pop, but Simple Minds' song playing over the closing credits and and Judd Nelson's raised fist, will forever be linked with the film.

Tracklist:
Simple Minds, "Don't You (Forget About Me)" (The Breakfast Club OST)
Simple Minds, "All The Things She Said" (Once Upon A Time)
Simple Minds, "Magic" (Walk Between Worlds)