We Are FINALLY Getting A Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Soundtrack!

I think that for those of us that grew up in the ’80s there are many, many reasons that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off shines as one of the comedy greats. You have the stellar performances of not just the main trio played by Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara but the supporting cast with Jennifer Grey and Jeffrey Jones as well.

Another reason that film is so great is because of John Hughes clever selection of music. I’m talking about not just using the Main Title from Star Wars and “classics” like Danke Schoen and the Beatle’s cover of “Twist and Shout” but The English Beat’s “March of the Swivelheads”, “BAD” by Big Audio Dynamite and of course the instrumental cover of The Smith’s “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want” by The Dream Academy to name just a few.

[Via] Save Ferris 1985

To all of us Ferris Bueller’s Day Off fans it has been rather odd that a soundtrack was never released for the film. Now 30 years later we are finally getting a soundtrack thanks to the hard work of La-La Land Records who have secured a deal with Paramount Pictures to release an authorized version. At the moment we have no track listings but it’s been reported by Salon that the movie’s composer Ira Newborn, Tarquin Gotch who acted as music supervisor, James Hughes (the late John Hughes’ Son) as well as the movie’s editor Paul Hirsch have been interviewed for the liner notes of the release.

There was a 7″ vinyl release for two songs from the soundtrack, 100,000 mailed out to members of the fan club – the Wikipedia page for the movie quotes John Hughes on the matter of a soundtrack:
“The only official soundtrack that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off ever had was for the mailing list. A&M was very angry with me over that; they begged me to put one out, but I thought “who’d want all of these songs?” I mean, would kids want “Danke Schoen” and “Oh Yeah” on the same record? They probably already had “Twist and Shout”, or their parents did, and to put all of those together with the more contemporary stuff, like the (English) Beat-I just didn’t think anybody would like it. But I did put together a seven-inch of the two songs I owned the rights to-“Beat City” on one side, and… I forget, one of the other English bands on the soundtrack… and sent that to the mailing list. By ’86, ’87, it was costing us $30 a piece to mail out 100,000 packages. But it was a labor of love”

While like the track listing for this release nothing has been firmly nailed down, the soundtrack for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is expected to be released later this year with Salon mentioning it might even be out as early as September.

Now if you will excuse me I need to head out and celebrate the news…properly…

[Via] Drean

1991 NATO Showest Producer Of The Year Film (John Hughes)

Sticking with the John Hughes themed stories that have carried over from last week with Flack’s Ferris Bueller novelization post and the ‘Museum scene’ from the film with John Hughes commentary.

What we have here is the short film made to honor the late Director and Producer for being selected as 1991’s Producer of the year by the National Association of Movie Theater Owners. In this short film you’ll see plenty of cameos from the many talented people that Hughes had worked with up to that point in his career, he had just released Home Alone the year before.

[Via] Olvidetango’s YouTube Channel

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – Museum Scene With John Hughes Commentary

I’ve stated before that Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorite films from my youth, it probably speaks the most to those of ‘my’ generation. This last weekend though something occurred to me that mirrored almost exactly what Cameron(Alan Ruck) experiences and how he reacts in this moving scene from one of John Hughes best. Thanks to the YouTube clip below you can listen to the legendary John Hughes explain some of his reasons for the artwork included in the scene as well as it’s connection to Cameron.

[Via] Monkey Boy Bud’s YouTube Channel

I’ll let you all know if I somehow end up wrecking my Father’s car in the next day or two. ;)

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