Isn't it a travesty that the ultimate movie soundtrack was never released in any way? Apparently John Hughes was against it, thinking that the songs were too stylistically diverse to flow as a commercial album.
I can confirm that he massively dropped the ball on that one, because this year my (legendary) brother gifted me with an unofficial bootleg double LP pressing of the soundtrack, courtesy of some gun in Japan. Any physical copy of the Ferris Bueller soundtrack is a bootleg, making it all the more special to own it in vinyl form. Surely there's a label exec out there who is adequately intelligent enough to push for a legitimate anniversary release that is guaranteed to top the charts?
Seriously, there isn't a single bad track throughout the whole movie. While Almost Famous, 500 Days of Summer and The Boat That Rocked all have OST's that blew me away, there were a few bad apples on each one. But with this movie, from the montage of Ferris getting ready in the morning with Sigue Sigue Sputnik's "Love Missile F1-11" to Ed Rooney's broody gummy-bear-rejection bus trip with Yello's "Oh Yeah", there's not a moment where you find yourself thinking "I really think it would have been better if they used X other song instead of the one that's playing now".
If I win the lotto in the next 6-12 months, I'm going to spend a substantial amount of money commissioning a limited edition tribute album of the soundtrack for the 30th Anniversary of the film's release, all played by the following Melbourne bands and musicians. By limited edition, I mean limited to 2 physical copies ever pressed - One for me and one for Alan Ruck.
The man bringing techno back to Melbourne through his Bomphcast is a perfect candidate for mastering the cluster of sounds that opens the film, while Adalita is my dream pick to master the vocals.
When I think of 80's pop music I don't necessarily think of Love of Diagrams. But when I think of people who are capable of bettering 80's pop tracks, I think of how good their rollercoaster adventure album Blast was.
I'm not afraid.
Pull the saxophone in and create something special please guys.
There's a tiny tiny tiny handful of singers out there that could better Wayne Newton's lounge classic. Vika and Linda Bull are the best of that handful. I also know they could rock out Twist and Shout with ease.
Like I said at the start, this is my favorite on the whole album. I'm leaving it in the capable hands of Japanese Wallpaper.
I can't lie... I don't even fully know what a string quartet is. I googled "Melbourne String Quartet" and these guys had the most likes on Facebook, so they've got the job!
The party starts with these guys and there's no doubt they could pull off the perfect song to start your "sick" day off work.
I imagine myself jumping fences and running through houses trying to beat my parents home, and Purple Tusks are in every backyard, spurring me on with their rendition of this fast and funky tune.
Slow and funky to finish it off - if I'm extra rich then I'll fly baritone-of-the-century Willard White over to do guest vocals, drawing out that deep "ooooooooooh yeeeeaaaaaahhhhh", to really finish off the album with a bang.
1984 brought Sixteen Candles, with a soundtrack that included Patti Smith, AC/DC, Tim Finn, The Specials, The Divinyls and David Bowie. It's a greedy way to carry your film to be honest, but if you want a financial safety net incase your movie is mediocre at the box-office, a soundtrack like that is one of the best ways to do it (see "Purple Rain"). Hughes followed it up in 1985 with the Breakfast Club, a film with an even more memorable soundtrack. I think the movie-closing fist-pump into "Don't You Forget About Me" was actually more memorable than anyone who ever starred in a John Hughes flick, who funnily enough have all been forgotten.
Finally, in 1986, Ferris Bueller introduced everyone to the Ferrari GT California with Yello's "Oh Yeah" funking along in the background, and the three-peat was complete.
Patrick Wain - 8/11/2015
Ever since renting it from VideoEzy circa 2002, along with Spyro the Dragon for Playstation 1, I've been enamored with John Hughes' 1986 comedic masterpiece Ferris Bueller's Day Off. The film doesn't have a single flaw (with the exception of several outtakes from the Chez Quis restaurant scene which would have elevated it to parody-able status, I still can't understand why they were taken out). Along with Ferris' adventurism and the hilariously failed pursuit by unfortunately-now-registered-sex-offender Jeffrey Jones, the film is carried by it's banger of a soundtrack. Here's why it's the undefeated Ronda Rousey of film scores...
I'm starting with my top reason here. The Dream Academy created magic in their synth-heavy cover of Morrissey's 1984 hit, but John Hughes booked his ticket to the movie director hall of fame in his crafting of the museum scene at the Art Institute of Chicago. It took him under 2 minutes to seamlessly (and wordlessly) move from whimsical fancy to romance and teen-angst, and it's all because of this song. I've hunted for a physical version of this single for years and never come close to finding it, until recently (see #3).
Just 9 years after George Lucas' genre-defining Star Wars was released, the producers of Ferris Bueller's Day Off had the gall to parody the famous opening scene, replacing the Star Destroyer with Cameron's Dad's Ferrari, while using the exact same tune that made John Williams a household name
You know that Matthew Broderick hijacking a parade float and crooning a Wayne Newton classic was the moment you realized you will always try to be as cool as Ferris Bueller (before realizing in your late-teens that you're in fact Cameron Fry more than anything else). Belting out Twist and Shout was the icing on the cake of what might be the greatest impromptu movie singalong ever.