Demon Music group in conjunction with the Hughes family are proud to present the first official compilation of music from the movies of legendary filmmaker John Hughes, covering the classic eighties period 1983 – 1989, and will be released on November 11, 2022.
For anyone growing up in the 1980s, the films of John Hughes are some of the most iconic of the decade and have created a lasting cultural impact still felt and referenced across TV, film and music. As well as the characters and stories created in these iconic movies, what made John Hughes’ movies different from the rest was the symbiotic relationship between scene and music. Whether Cameron Frye staring at the painting in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off set to The Dream Academy’s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental)”, Duckie and Andie from Pretty In Pink at prom set to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s “If You Leave”, or even Neal and Del’s classic “Those aren’t pillows” scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles set to Emmylou Harris’ “Back In Baby’s Arms”.
“Music was a huge part of filmmaking for him, it was a thing he seemed to like the most.” Matthew Broderick
Curated by John Hughes’ music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, this Limited Deluxe Edition 4CD boxset includes 74 tracks from the movies National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, Weird Science, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Planes, Trains And Automobiles, She’s Having A Baby, The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck. It also includes a 14 track cassette, and re-issue of the 7” single “Beat City” / “I’m Afraid” originally distributed to the fan club mailing list upon the release of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.
“Back when we were working on these movie soundtracks, the best way to send music around the world was the cassette, by Fedex. We sent John cassettes of newly released music, of demos, of just finished mixes (and in return he would send VHS videos of the scenes that needed music).” Tarquin Gotch
The films of John Hughes spawned many classic tracks, some licensed for the films, some commission specifically, and many going on to become huge international hits from acts such as Simple Minds, Kate Bush, Furniture, Yello, and The Psychedelic Furs.
“It serves as a reminder not just to the musicians he championed in the 1980s, but to how intensely his search for music expanded beyond this era. Until his final days, he was still collecting outrageous amounts of music from around the world, galaxies removed from the New Romantic and new wave sounds that, to many, still define him.” James Hughes
The 4CD booklet includes memories from Matthew Broderick, James Hughes, Tarquin Gotch, Ron Payne, plus track-by-track sleeve notes.
“John said he only made movies so he could choose what music to put in them, so as his success at the Box Office grew, and thus his power with the studios, the number of tracks in his films, by up and coming UK bands, steadily grew.” Tarquin Gotch
CD1 & CD2 Track Listing
1. Kajagoogoo – Kajagoogoo (Instrumental) 2. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) 3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave 4. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science 5. Furniture – Brilliant Mind 6. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby 7. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City 8. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink 9. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy 10. Dr. Calculus – Full Of Love 11. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love 12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version) 13. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version) 14. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left Of Center 15. Pete Shelley – Do Anything (Soundtrack Version) 16. Carmel – It’s All In The Game 17. The Dream Academy – Power To Believe (Instrumental) 18. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work 19. New Order – Elegia
1. The Beat – March Of The Swivelheads (Rotating Heads – Dub Version) 2. Nick Heyward – When It Started To Begin 3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Tesla Girls 4. Big Audio Dynamite – BAD 5. Kill**g Joke – Eighties 6. The Specials – Little B***h 7. Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come and Get It) (US Club Mix) 8. Flesh For Lulu – Slide 9. Love And Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag 10. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix) 11. Lords Of The New Church – Method To My Madness 12. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Single Version) 13. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses 14. General Public – Tenderness 15. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid 16. Belouis Some – Round, Round 17. Thompson Twins – If You Were Here 18. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental)
CD3 & CD4 Track Listing
1. Yello – Oh Yeah 2. Book Of Love – Modigliani (Lost In Your Eyes) 3. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness 4. Patti Smith – Gloria: In Excelsis Deo 5. Westworld – Ba-Na-Na-Bam-Boo 6. Divinyls – Ring Me Up 7. Topper Headon – Drummin’ Man 8. Billy Idol – Catch My Fall 9. The Association – Cherish 10. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium 11. Zapp – Radio People 12. The Blue Room – Cry Like This 13. Ray Charles – Mess Around 14. Joe Turner – Lipstick, Powder and Paint 15. Darlene Love – (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry 16. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) 17. Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra And The Ray Charles Singers – Juke Box Baby 18. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman 19. Ray Anthony And His Orchestra – The Peter Gunn Theme
1. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday Road 2. Emmylou Harris – Back in Baby’s Arms 3. Hugh Harris – Rhythm Of Life 4. Spandau Ballet – True 5. Propaganda – Ab**e – Here 6. The Dream Academy – The Edge of Forever 7. Yello – Lost Again (Album Version) 8. Bryan Ferry – Crazy Love 9. The Rave-Ups – Positively Lost Me 10. Los Lobos – Don’t Worry Baby 11. Steve Earle – Continental Trailways Blues (Album Version) 12. The Revillos – Rev Up! 13. Boston – More Than A Feeling 14. Balaam And The Angel – I’ll Show You Something Special 15. The Rave-Ups – Rave Up/Shut Up 16. Pop Will Eat Itself – Beaver Patrol 17. The Vapors – Turning Japanese 18. Silicon Teens – Red River Rock
Cassette & 7″ Single Track Listing
1. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) 2. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave 3. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science 4. Yello – Oh Yeah 5. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby 6. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love 7. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City 8. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road – Album Version 9. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
1. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink 2. Furniture – Brilliant Mind 3. Kill**g Joke – Eighties 4. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix) 5. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy 6. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses 7. General Public – Tenderness 8. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby 9. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental)
1. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City
1. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid