Leader of the sad emo pop girls, Maisie Peters is back with, well, what she does best, a sad emo pop girl anthem.
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Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking. Surely, Maisie Peters, a twenty-year-old singer-songwriter from Brighton, England, can’t write a sad pop song about John Hughes movies, because she wasn’t even born when John Hughes movies were first a thing! And, well, yes, you wouldn’t be entirely wrong, but I would straight away point you in the direction of her newest single, “John Hughes Movie”, confirmed as the first song from her currently untitled debut album, widely referred to as ‘mp1’ by her army of adoring fans across social media, because it’s really very good.
And although she may not have grown up in the era that John Hughes movies use as their famous backdrops, she has perfectly encapsulated what it’s like to be a teenager, romanticising your life, because, don’t lie, we have all been there, romanticising our mundane everyday lives, as if we were within a John Hughes movie, and therefore, can instantly relate to the emotions and scenes outlined within the track.
In true Maisie Peters style, the song runs along the theme of unrequited love, and tells the story of a failing relationship with a boy that doesn’t care, and quite frankly is not worth the time (“’Cause if you don’t want me, Then you’re not the one”). The track draws you in with its soft vocals, and vivid storyline lyrics (“This wasn’t how it’s supposed to go, I should be the one you’re dancing with, Spinning with a vodka coke, Everybody at my fingertips”), which build up to a big dancey chorus, provoking a wave of nostalgia within you, and the urge to be seventeen again, and on your way to prom. Put simply, the track makes YOU feel like you’re in a John Hughes movie, and I, alongside Maisie’s hardcore followers on Instagram, Twitter and newly TikTok, with the creation of her dance challenge asking for users to romanticise their lives to the single, am here for it.
In conversation with Dork Magazine, upon the song’s release, Maisie explained, “I wrote ‘John Hughes Movie’ when I was 17, about a house party I had gone to. It’s a really honest depiction of being a hopeless, melodramatic teenager, being awkward and drunk and getting your heart broken by people you don’t even remember anymore. John Hughes movies encapsulate that foolish romantic energy of high school and everything that I, a small town, English, wannabe Molly Ringwald wanted to be, but was not.”
Along with the release of the single, Maisie also unveiled an accompanying music video, co-written by Peters, and directed by Louis Bhose (Lewis Capaldi, Loyle Carner, Arlo Parks), which starts with Maisie at her leaver’s prom, and ends in the murder of her date. You can watch it below:
And after that, if you need me, I’ll be right here waiting for Netflix to pick up the concept and turn it into an original film.