Song of the Day #1,574: ‘If You Were Here’ – Thompson Twins

Plenty of 80s songs were used in 80s movies, kind of by definition. But there aren’t many 80s songs that I immediately associate with certain films.

Two that leap to mind are ‘Jesse’s Girl’ and ‘Sister Christian,’ both used to tremendous effect in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Boogie Nights. But of course that was a movies made in the late 90s about the 70s and 80s.

If I had to name one 80s-on-80s movie music moment, it would be ‘If You Were Here’ by the Thompson Twins. That song will forever be associated with John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles.

And not just with the movie, but with the iconic image (seen in the YouTube clip below) of Molly Ringwald and Michael Schieffling framed by a window and leaning in for a kiss over a birthday cake. Hughes was certainly in a class of his own when it came to crafting moments like that one.

if you were here
i could deceive you
and if you were here
you would believe
but would you suspect
my emotion wandering, yeah
do not want a part of this anymore

The rain water drips
through a crack in the ceiling
and i’ll have to spend
my time on repair
But just like the rain
i’ll be always falling, yeah
only to rise and fall again


3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,574: ‘If You Were Here’ – Thompson Twins

  1. Dana says:

    Hard to imagine a more 80s group than the Thompson Twins. I’m not a big fan of this particular song but I agree that it is quintessential 80s and easily identified with sixteen candles.

  2. Rob says:

    John Hughes was great at marrying music to his films. One of my favorite 80’s soundtracks is “Some Kind of Wonderful”. He used a lot of relatively unknown UK alternative/new wave bands to fill out that soundtrack, and it’s a killer, including a wonderfully jubilant version of “Can’t Help Falling In Love” by Lick The Tins. Well worth checking out.

  3. Amy says:

    I don’t know if I more closely associate any song with a film scene than I do this one, though I agree with Rob that Hughes was a master at choosing the perfect song for the perfect film. One of the things I loved best about Pitch Perfect was the way the love story between Beca, played so well by Anna Kendrick, and Jesse, was developed through Beca’s growing appreciation for “Don’t You Forget About Me” as the concluding moment/song in The Breakfast Club. That was a convoluted sentence, but, trust me, it works so well! 🙂 And it’s such a nice nod to Hughes’ genius. Makes me sad all over again that he’s gone.

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