Foster The People, Jack Antonoff And The 1975 On Why ’80s Director John Hughes Is A Rock Hero

Musicians aren’t just influenced by other bands. Sometimes it’s authors, comedians, or even film directors! Case in point, ’80s film icon John Hughes. VH1 News caught up with Foster The People, The 1975 and Jack Antonoff at SXSW recently, and they all had some serious love for the legendary director of beloved classics like The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Home Alone and so many more.

“I think there’s so many good bands that I fell in love with because of [his films], from Simple Minds to Furniture, Orchestral Maneuvers,” says Matt Healy of The 1975. “All those teenage ideals are amplified and romanticized, the idea of yearning for something bigger and being totally in love and searching for yourself. All of those ideas are explored in John Hughes movies, and it’s the kind of thing we discussed in our record, both musically and through lyrics.”

Mark Foster also had Hughes on the brain while writing his band’s latest single, the aptly-titled “Coming Of Age.” “I kept thinking about Molly Ringwald when I was writing the song,” he tells us. “It was like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a coming of age tune.” For more nostalgic goodness, watch the clip above!

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