‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ to finally get official soundtrack album

Director of 1986 comedy hadn’t thought anyone would want a soundtrack

Classic 1986 film comedy Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is to get an official soundtrack album, 30 years after the film’s release.

The movie’s director, John Hughes, thought the soundtrack was too eclectic to bother releasing when the film was first released.

But film soundtrack specialist record label La La Land has been given permission to compile an album for its 30th anniversary. It’s likely to be released in September, with music supervisor Tarquin Gotch and composer Ira Newborn interviewed for its liner notes. Journalist Tim Grieving, who is writing the liner notes, told Salon of the soundtrack’s release.

The official tracklisting of the album is yet to be finalised, and it’s thought unlikely that The Beatles, whose ‘Twist And Shout’ is in the film, would give permission as they rarely licence their songs for compilations.

Other artists whose music features in the film includes contemporary acts such as Big Audio Dynamite, Sigue Sigue Sputnik, Yello, Zapp, The Beat and General Public as well as The Dream Academy’s cover of The Smiths’ Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want’. It could also include Las Vegas crooner Wayne Newton’s 1963 song ‘Danke Schoen’.

Hughes, who died in 2009, had success with the soundtrack of his 1985 drama ‘The Breakfast Club’, which spawned US No 1 single ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’ by Simple Minds.

But he told Lollipop in 2003: “A&M Records begged me to put a soundtrack out, but I thought ‘Who’d want all these songs?’ Would kids want ‘Danke Schoen’ and ‘Oh Yeah’ on the same record? To put The Beatles together with more contemporary stuff like The Beat, I just didn’t think anybody would like it.”