More John Hughes: Dianogah and the Reach the Rock Sountdtrack

08/07/2009 1:50 PM |

At some point in either 1998 or 1999, my now-wife and I rented the movie Reach the Rock, for no reason other than that we knew John Hughes had written it. We watched it with another friend, and during the closing credits, we were in awe of the song that was playing. It was instrumental—complex and bass-heavy but at the same time gentle and melodic. It was “Dream of Being King” by a band called Dianogah, who came from the Chicago post-rock scene that would be such a big deal for the next few years. The rest of the soundtrack, which I bought the next day, is dominated by the work of John McEntire, and features contributions from Sea and Cake, Polvo and McEntire’s full-time band, Tortoise. I couldn’t even begin to guess how many times I went to sleep with this record playing in the background. So I guess I should thank John Hughes for getting me into not only Echo and the Bunnymen and the Smiths all those years earlier, but for all this other amazing stuff as well

Here’s the song. It’s still beautiful.