Hello again everyone! Welcome back to another written episode of “Songs That Remind Me Of…” which is a series that nobody asked for but that I started anyways. So here’s another companion article to a playlist I made. This week, we’re putting some noise to everyones (my) favorite awkward supe-exploding, Billy Joel fan, Hughie Campbell.
If you haven’t watched The Boys on Amazon, I highly recommend checking it out. I fell head over heels for all the protagonists in the show instantly and the amount of angsty attitude this show contains makes me a little too giddy at points. Not only is it intense, but super well written and acted by all parts. Seriously…check it out.
As for Hughie, played by one of my favorite actors Jack Quaid, we see a lot of different tropes and ideas. However there are some big character points that create a pretty nice soundtrack if I do say so myself, so let’s check those out.
Hesitant, and almost shy
From the moment we meet Hughie, we are met with a sense of social awkwardness. We see his incredibly brief interaction with his boss, where he instantly drops the topic when he feels dismissed. *SPOILERS* Next when we see Hughie with Robin…in that brief interaction as well…because…well… A-Train…anyway. We see him interact with Robin in another awkward way but this was is endearing and cute. We immediately love Hughie and so after the run-through we’re almost as heartbroken as he is. Through Hughie’s anxiety, awkwardness, and innocence, we are met with a character that we not only adore but might even see ourselves in. Hughie quickly became one of my comfort characters for this exact reason. Songs for this are as follows:
- In Over My Head by Grandson
- 98 Degrees by Arrested Youth
- Tickle Me Pink by Johnny Flynn
- I’m Just a Kid by Simple Plan
- Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
- everything sucks by vaultboy (we see his transition to our next character attribute through this song)
So, after the events of A-Train and Robin, Hughie’s world is completely shattered. First, he lost a girl he loved very deeply and probably even planned a future with. That’s then followed by the fact that he was completely unaware of what “The Seven” were actually like. He believed in what they stood for, what they were portrayed to be. That was quickly ripped out from under him, causing even more heartbreak and confusion. This leads him to Butcher and The Boys, allowing for Hughie to get a more developed and almost harsh outlook on life, while still keeping a bit of the innocence (and a lot of the anxiety) that we saw from him first. Songs are:
- Come A Little Closer by Cage The Elephant
- Honesty by Billy Joel (I had to make sure we had Billy Joel)
- Capital M-E by Taking Back Sunday
- Real World by The All American Rejects
Hughie quickly realizes that he is going to have to become okay with doing things he never ever expected to do. He is met with tough ethical choices and has absolutely no help from Butcher on those. Oh Butcher…we love him dearly…most of the time. Anyway! Hughie begins to not only understand that his comfort zone no longer exists, but begins acting on that sporadically through the two seasons of the show. The songs that lend to this are:
- The Setting Sun by Broadside
- Radioactive by Imagine Dragons (could have fit in the previous category, but I liked it better here.)
- New Generation by New Politics
- Apply Some Pressure by Maximo Park
- Burning Pile by Mother Mother (song that relates to the moment he knew he had to make some changes)
By the end of season two of The Boys we have seen Hughie take on almost an entirely new persona. He has not only unalived a supe (a member of the seven nonetheless) but he’s manipulated Starlight/Annie into being their informant. However, we can’t hate him for it because he opens her eyes to the absolute shit-storm that is Vought. Through season two we see him sneaking around to talk with Annie and grows into his own enough to stand up to Butcher when he comes back on a whim. He is even able to keep secrets from the group he was hesitant to be a part of. Songs for this part of Hughie’s character are:
- All The Way Down by French Style Furs
- No One Knows by Queens Of The Stone Age
- One Engine by The Decemberists
- Take Me Out by Franz Ferdinand
- Where Will We Go by IAMDYNAMITE
What are your thoughts? How well did I do? Let me know on twitter and make sure to share this article and playlist with anyone who watches The Boys! You better watch it too if you haven’t…both seasons are available right now on Amazon…do it.