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FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF Finally Getting Official Soundtrack

FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF Finally Getting Official Soundtrack

For a movie that has so many iconic musical moments, it might surprise some folks out there that the 1986 cult classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off never had an official soundtrack.

But fear not, dearest Bueller fans, because according to a recent article by Salon.com, a deal has been struck between Paramount Pictures and La La Land Records to finally create an official soundtrack after 30 years. It is, however, a testament to good song selection that despite there never being an official album, the music from the film has stuck with its audience for over three decades. As it turns out, there was an unofficial soundtrack distributed to a choice few people on the director’s fan mailing list.

John Hughes once addressed this with Lollipop magazine saying “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 “Dankeschöen” 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 – “Big 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. I cared about my audience and I cared about these movies.”

While there’s no word on what the song list will be for the soundtrack as of yet, it’s pretty safe to assume that certain songs will definitely be on there. So while we wait with bated breath for this new, 30 year overdue, album to drop, we can probably assume the following will be included:

There are, of course, more songs featured in the film but these stand out to us as the most obligatory. What songs would you want to see added to the soundtrack? Let’s discuss in the comments below.

Image:  Paramount Pictures

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