John Hughes and Prom Night - Endless Fantasy
These two tracks, back to back, are the perfect representation of old Anamanaguchi and new Anamanaguchi. I have already established that Endless Fantasy is new territory for the band, it’s 22 tracks of pure gold, and marks a slightly new direction for them, one that I could not be more excited for.
The moment I posted above, tracks 6 and 7, have something special. Track 6 is called John Hughes. John Hughes the man was a writer and director known for Sixteen Candles, Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off… all movies from our childhood about kids in high school in the 80s (…right around the time the NES was released and became popular, a piece of hardware that Anamanaguchi brings with them on tour to help make some of the music they play). These are movies we (or at least me and people my age) have a bit of nostalgia for.
John Hughes the song is only track on the whole album that sounds like it could have come from an older album. I think the best spot for it would be on Dawn Metropolis (2009) right in between Overarrow and Tempest, Teamwork, Triumph (At Sea). Honestly, I bet no one would even notice if you stuck it in there. It’s a really nice throwback to older Anamanaguchi songs and it does a really great job of setting up track 7, Prom Night.
Prom Night is arguably the biggest departure for Anamanaguchi on Endless Fantasy. It’s a pop song. And it’s first song to so heavily feature lyrics and tell a story. I don’t mean that in a bad way, at all. They nocked it out of the park. It’s unbelievable.
But back to my point on parity, prom night as an experience, is made out and hyped up as the single most important part of your high school career. That’s especially true in television and the movies. There’s pressure on your prom night for a thousand reasons different reasons and there is no one who captured the pressures of High School better than John Hughes did in his movies.
I can’t think of a more fitting one, two punch than these to tracks. The first tips it’s hat to Anamanaguchi’s past and names the song after a director upon which 80’s nostalgia has been built (to say nothing of the 1986 video game console the band takes with them on tour). The second tips its hat to John Hughes and proclaims that even though they’re trying something new, they’re still the band you love, and they’re going to do things differently, and on our own terms.
Even seeing John Hughes followed by Prom Night in my iTunes library or in a list on my phone, feels right. And listening to them back to back feels even better.