John Hughes—the film director of such classics as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Pretty in Pink —was almost as renowned for his soundtracks as he was for his films. Dreamy, pop-heavy songs centered on forlorn longing and youth became what some consider the "John Hughes sound," and current bands like M83, Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and California Wives work hard to achieve that sound.
In this episode of A Trolley Show, the Chicago band performs their song "Tokyo." Even though the acoustic setting strips away the atmospherics found on their record, the group retains the dreaminess. It's the perfect soundtrack to blast through your Walkman, while gazing up at the stars, and thinking grown-ups just don't understand.