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Song: “Don’t You” by Simple Minds (1985)
Often associated with “The Breakfast Club”, the textbook John Hughes coming-of-age film, this song is quintessential to a young soul in 80s America. We can imagine the tunes of this track blasting through the speakers of a cassette-holding boombox, outside a young girl’s window. This track has achieved cult status and seems to embody growing up in the suburbs, or in the city, in the USA. You cannot listen to this song without experiencing the immediate sting of being dragged into a decade unfamiliar to you. You cannot listen to this song and not feel nostalgic and reminiscent towards a time you did not even experience.
Music Video: “Take on Me” by a-ha (Alternate Take) (1986)
Frankly, for the 80s, this music video is truly ahead of its time and place. It destroys the audience’s expectations for a hit song’s music video. What we see is a moving sketch, an animated form, although, in a plot alongside real actors. The video clip won six awards after its release in 1986, and was nominated for two others. The video breaks barriers, and is an experimental leap for pop music at the time. The dreamy clip remains a 3-minute-47-seconds experience and memory that every fan shares to this day.
Movie: “Heathers” directed by Michael Lehmann (1989)
This black comedy from 1989 is set in Westerburg High in Ohio. The school is home for Veronica Sawyer, played by Winona Ryder, who is hopeful throughout her high school years about joining a group of popular girls, all coincidentally carrying the same first name: Heather. She teams up with her boyfriend, J.D., played by Christian Slayter, to pull some pranks on the high school student body, which then turn into grim murders that play out as suicides. This movie may be the funniest but darkest and most sarcastic motion picture to grow big in the 80s.