So Who Should Cover What at This John Hughes Tribute at the Cake Shop on Saturday?


This, of course, could be really good, or really bad. “An original,” in particular, sounds ominous. But it did get us thinking about our dream version of this show. What kind of New York talent is available to do covers of songs from John Hughes soundtracks?

Jawbreaker endured their share of Psychedelic Furs jabs in the eight plus years they were together. Eventually, Blake Schwarzenbach–who lives in Brooklyn now–and his band decided they had had enough and actually covered “Into You Like A Train.” Why not “Pretty in Pink”? (Alternate suggestion: breaking out the old Jawbreaker cover of “Turning Japanese,” in honor of Sixteen Candles.)

Earlier this year, some clever soul synced Diplo’s “Twist and Shout/Shake It Up” remix to the climactic scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. When Hughes died, this clip made the memorial rounds. Diplo doesn’t live here, but god knows he’s in New York often enough. Recruit the Major Lazer stripper-dancers to play the crowd and it’s Cake Shop pandemonium.

The Dream Academy’s narcotic cover of the Smiths’s “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want” is also crucial to Ferris Bueller and, later, the original would show up on the Pretty in Pink soundtrack. We nominate the mournfully poppy Pains of Being Pure at Heart, who’ve been doing their own not-so-subtly disguised Smiths covers for years now.

We believe in you James Murphy. You can do this.

You haven’t really taunted the hipsters, Jim Jones, until you’ve played Yello’s “Oh Yeah” to a tiny room full of them.

What are some other appropriate New York band/John Hughes song pairings?

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 18, 2009

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