The connection between “Heathers” with this year’s Coachella festival: 25 years ago today the dark teen cult classic “Heathers” came out featuring themes like high school violence and teen suicide set at the fictional Westerburg High in suburban Ohio.
The name of the high school is actually a nod to Paul Westerberg, the influential singer/songwriter of the Minnesota punk band The Replacements. Heathers star Winona Ryder was a big fan of the band and later dated Dave Pirner of the faintly-similar sounding Soul Asylum (who just happened to also be from Minneapolis as well as label mates of The Replacements).
Indeed, one of the cracks Christian Slater’s character utters in Heathers is “color me impressed”, which is a Replacements song from one of their earlier records, Hootenanny. Sample lyric is so very Heathers: “Everybody at your party, they don’t look depressed / Everybody’s dressing funny, color me impressed.”
After a long hiatus The Replacements have recently gotten back together (somewhat) and are one of the most anticipated bands playing at the Coachella festival next month in Indio, California - a few hours East of where the actual school is located.