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Video Thunderdome!

Lloyd Dobler vs. The Breakfast Club

ts-lloyd-dobler This week we enter the realm of the 1980s soundtracks. Both movies these songs came from taught us that no matter how much of an oddball or outsider you may be, if you open your heart you can land that perfect boyfriend or girlfriend. Your friends may be against you and society may try and hold you back, but all you have to do is let down your guard and the person you desire will see your inner beauty and fall in love with you.  Standing outside their bedroom holding a boom box over your head doesn’t hurt either.

First up we have Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” from the movie Say Anything.  (Click here for the movie trailer to get your Lloyd Dobler fix because the below clip is not set to the movie.)


Going against Gabriel and Lloyd this week is Simple Minds and their song
“Don’t You Forget About Me” from The Breakfast Club.

Last week Michael Jackson handily defeated Madonna to take the title of top 80s monarch. If you are wondering how we can name a top monarch and not included Prince in the mix, well it’s quite simple. Prince doesn’t allow his videos to be uploaded online, making it difficult for him to appear in Video Thunderdome! I think his Purple Rain soundtrack is one of the best albums of the 1980s but, sadly, he won’t be able to compete in Video Thunderdome!

Author’s Note: I was originally going to run this in a tournament style but I think it works better as a weekly poll. To quote John Kennedy, a girl has the right to change her mind. So if you are holding your breath for that bracket I mentioned last week you might want to start breathing again. Of course if you were holding your breath since last Friday chances are you passed out a long time ago or died from lack of oxygen.

As always, let me know who you think needs to enter the Video Thunderdome!

Don’t forget to vote, and like Chicago politics, remember to vote early and vote often.

And now a final thought from Anthony Michael Hall.


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March 20, 2009 - Posted by | Video Thunderdome! | , , , , , , , ,

6 Comments »

  1. Oh man! This is like so hard. I like, don’t know who to vote for. I’ll just close my eyes and click.

    Comment by rumour has it | March 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. yeah, i think i want to vote for both.

    i can’t even decide which movie i like more than the other. i think it has to be say anything. or maybe the breakfast club.

    goddamnit!

    Comment by DonnaMartin | March 20, 2009 | Reply

  3. “in your eyes” has probably had a more visible impact on pop culture

    but when i think about my own life, i have to confess that the other one has had a more lasting and meaningful impact on me.

    Comment by baby fish mouth | March 21, 2009 | Reply

  4. “In your eyes”…visible impact…i LOL’ed

    Comment by oneofthevoicesinmyhead | March 21, 2009 | Reply

  5. Is that the real video for Don’t you Forget About Me? Ok, I love the move, but on video strength? In Your Eyes totally wins. Also, Peter Gabriel wrote that ish. Simple Minds just added the “nah, na na na, naah” part. Plus I like the sentiment better – longing and someone making you better. Rather than, you know, forgetting about me. Don’t You Forget About Me is catchy, In Your Eyes is moving.

    You know, I think that AMH did a similar character in the jazz bar in Weird Science. Ah, the 80s, where you did the same thing in every movie.

    Comment by HolyChow | March 27, 2009 | Reply

  6. “In Your Eyes” wins for me. It’s not that I don’t love the other, it’s that, well, I’d rather remember Cusack then Molly Ringwald…

    And when I want to run away, I drive off in my car too…

    Comment by TheHobo | March 27, 2009 | Reply


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