Photo by John Clark

As far as we’re concerned, the teen-movie genre hit its peak in the ‘80s. C'mon–American Pie? It doesn’t hold a candle to Sixteen Candles as far as illuminating the lived experience of American puberty. We’re delighted, then, to see the just-released music video from local rock quartet the Corin Tucker Band pay homage to films in the vein of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The video's song, “Neskowin”—off the band’s just-out-yesterday sophomore album, Kill My Blues—is in part about a real trip to the title town that frontwoman Tucker (of seminal riot-grrrl group Sleater-Kinney) took with her best friend as a teenager. Portland director Alicia J. Rose puts the song’s “not a girl, not yet a woman” theme through a John Hughes filter for what she calls a “love letter to the ‘80s,” telling a well-shot, very sweet story about a pair of teenage girls who escape parental supervision for a night to rock out with old-school punks X-Ray Spex. 

In a case of art imitating life, Tucker, an actual mom by day, rock star by night, plays the protagonist’s mom as well as X-Ray Spex singer Poly Styrene, and cameos her real-life daughter as the protagonist's younger sister (Tucker's son is in it, too). Also, keep your eyes peeled for a cameo by And And And drummer Bim Ditson and his mohawk-about-town. 

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