London shoegaze outfit HUSH! revel in the sounds of the 80s in their forthcoming single, ‘Teenage Weekends’ and, set for release on June 10th via Fierce Panda, it’s a true taste of things to come.
Taking inspiration from the decade’s phenomal movie output, from The Goonies to A View To A Kill, frontman Arran Taylor wears his heart on his sleeve; in celebration, Arran takes us through his top five 80s movie soundtrack hits.
Sylvian & Sakamoto – Forbidden Colours from Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence (1983)
When I first starting diving into this obsession with music of the 1980’s, I was collecting dusty secondhand 7″ vinyl, normally based on the record sleeve in the hope of coming across some hidden gems. The textures in the production of this song are just incredible alongside the lush melody and vocal. I was lucky enough to come across Sylvian & Sakamoto’s ‘Forbidden Colours’, which subsequently lead me to watch the 1983 film ‘Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence’ featuring none other then the late, great David Bowie; a must watch if you haven’t seen it.
John Carpenter – Escape from New York (Main Theme) from Escape From New York (1981)
John Carpenter remains to me the best b-movie director and soundtrack composer of all time. I originally brought this movie on VHS at the ripe age of 10 years old and it has stayed in my top 5 movie list ever since. If this theme doesn’t turn you onto synthesisers then nothing else will come close.
Tim Cappello – I Still Believe from The Lost Boys (1987)
I’d be lying if I said the entire soundtrack of the 1987 Joel Schumacher film ‘The Lost Boys’ wasn’t a huge inspiration in terms of feeling and style when I was writing ‘Teenage Weekends’. Many, many tracks to choose from but for the novelty I have choose Tim Cappello’s ‘I Still Believe’. Everything about it screams pure sax and leather jackets.
Cyndi Lauper – The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough from The Goonies (1985)
It’s the Goonies man!
Duran Duran – A View to a Kill from A View to a Kill (1985)
Tune! I love the subtle hint of melodrama. The vocals and chords are just amazing. I couldn’t get this one out of my head and although the horn stabs had me fearing I was under attack (why are they so loud in the mix?) and the video making me laugh harder then the last time I read a Hunter S Thompson novel, it is a 1980’s power pop classic!