“I’ll never kill you this I swear,
then kill myself just to be fair.
I’ll never need another Queen,
we’ll never face the guillotine.”
I have a lot to thank John Hughes for, not only for some of the movies that shaped my adolescence (and helped me feel so less alone), but also for introducing me to some of my favorite music from the 80’s. Charlie Sexton’s music was featured in some scenes in the Hughes’ film Some Kind Of Wonderful, which was the first place I heard his voice. I recall hearing some of his songs a bit afterwards, on the local alternative radio station, KROQ, and later still readng about him in some of the music magazines I used to devour.
I remember being surprised that he was just a year older than me, that he was 16 when his album, Pictures For Pleasure, was released. I also recall thinking he was damn fine looking. I went out and bought Pictures For Pleasure at Music Market, one of the meccas of music (oh how much vinyl they had!) that my best friend and I would frequent, often trying out albums/bands for the first time just from the album covers, or their names. I believe we both loved this album, and it probably held residence in both of our bedrooms, and stereos.
This was my first favorite song of his. I loved the references to all the literate love stories (Romeo and Juliet, Nicolas and Alexander), as well as some of the pop-culture soaked ones (Barbie and Ken, Mickey and Minnie Mouse). I loved the idea that it was a love song denouncing all the fairy tales and fables of love, and saying “ours is better.”
Impressed :: Charlie Sexton