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Updated: Feb 4

80's Music in SCOUT

I didn't quite write the novel to a soundtrack of 80's hits, but it helped get me in the mood to hit YouTube and watch videos from the early days of MTV. They say that the memory of music is one of the last things that goes for a dementia sufferer, and so it seemed right that Scout's Mom should cling to something familiar when all else was fading away. Music from her youth becomes her touchstone.

Here's a list of music from the novel:

Chapter 2

Though not name-checked, this would have to be Girls on Film by Duran Duran.

As Scout sits down with Molly “Something by The Human League” blasts from next door. This would have to be Don’t You Want Me?

For a feeling of the summer of 1985, check out Live Aid on YouTube.

Chapter 7

‘I Just Died in Your Arms Tonight’ by Cutting Crew

Chapter 10 and 11 - Stella's party. The one track that works for Scout is ‘Waiting For A Girl Like You’ by Foreigner, released in 1981.

Chapter 16

‘Money for Nothing’ by Dire Straits was from the big album of summer 1985. Check out the ‘cutting edge’, but now horribly prehistoric, computer animation in the video for the song.

Chapter 18

It’s an instant classic - ‘Eye of the Tiger’ by Survivor.

Chapter 20

The soccer crew listen to a Prince CD as they kick around a ball - it would have to be the movie soundtrack ‘Purple Rain’.

Prince sings 'Purple Rain'. Out of all the artists from 1980's, Prince's hair still looks good.

Chapter 22

These aren’t from the 80’s, but listening to them will give you a taste of the faded atmosphere of the Bethesda Institute - ‘Surfin’ USA’ by The Beach Boys and ‘Moon River’ by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer was sung by Audrey Hepburn in ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, and also became the theme song of Andy Williams throughout his long career.

Chapter 29

Scout reluctance to be near the creepy principal Mr. Sumner recalls a hit by The Police ‘Don’t Stand So Close to Me’ from 1980. His name is a cheeky in-joke, as the real name of Sting, lead singer of The Police, is Gordon Sumner.

The Police sing Don't Stand So Close to Me. Sting is sitting at the teacher's desk, appropriate as before he became a professional musician he was a school teacher

Chapter 39

Eileen’s special song is - of course - ‘Come on Eileen’ by Dexy’s Midnight Runners. A big hit in 1982.



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