All those John Hughes movie soundtrack songs have been compiled into an upcoming box set

Some of the greatest movie soundtracks of all time came with the films of John Hughes. Pretty in Pink. The Breakfast Club. Sixteen Candles. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Weird Science. Some Kind of Wonderful. It’s a long list.

Those soundtracks went a long way towards introducing North Americans to some very cool alternative music from the UK. It’s impossible to say how many kids were introduced to New Order, Kate Bush, The Psychedelic Furs, OMD, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Smiths, Dream Academy, and so many more. And who could forget that this was written and record just for a John Hughes film.

Come November 11, 74 of the biggest songs from those John Hughes movies will appear in a collection called Live Movies Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtape. Curated by Tarquin Gotch, Hughes’ music supervisor, this looks like the perfect gift for anyone who came of age musically between 1983 and 1989.

The four-CD/six-red-LP box set will come in a variety of flavours, including a limited edition that will come with a 14-track cassette (hey, it was the 80s) and a 7-inch single that was once made available to the John Hughes fan club.

Check out this trailer.

If you can’t read that, try this (via Super Deluxe Edition).

  • CD 1
    1. Kajagoogoo – Kajagoogoo (Instrumental) – From The 1984 Movie ‘From The 1984 Movie Sixteen Candles’
    2. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) – From The 1985 Movie The Breakfast Club
    3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
    4. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science – From The 1985 Movie Weird Science
    5. Furniture – Brilliant Mind – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
    6. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
    7. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City – From The 1986 Movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
    8. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
    9. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
    10. Dr. Calculus – Full Of Love – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
    11. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
    12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version) – From The 1987 Movie Planes, Trains And Automobiles
    13. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version) – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
    14. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left Of Center – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
    15. Pete Shelley – Do Anything (Soundtrack Version) – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
    16. Carmel – It’s All In The Game – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
    17. The Dream Academy – Power To Believe (Instrumental) – From The 1987 Movie Planes, Trains And Automobiles
    18. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
    19. New Order – Elegia (2015 Remaster) – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
  • CD 2
    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. Killing Joke – Eighties
    6. The Specials – Little Bitch
    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) 3.07
  • CD 3
    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
  • CD 4
    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 – Abuse – 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
  • CassetteSide A
    1. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
    2. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave 3. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
    3. Yello – Oh Yeah
    4. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby
    5. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love
    6. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City
    7. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version)
    8. Kate Bush – This Woman’s WorkSide B
    1. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
    2. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
    3. Killing 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)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “All those John Hughes movie soundtrack songs have been compiled into an upcoming box set

  • August 4, 2022 at 10:52 am
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    I always loved Beat City from Ferris Bueller’s and for me, it ONLY lives in that movie. It’s weird I’ve never heard it anywhere else until it showed up in an episode of The Bear on Hulu recently. That show is set in Chicago and I thought that was a wonderful nod to a great song and to John.

    Crazy Hughes has been gone since 2009. Sixteen Candles has been on AMC lately and as I was watching a minute of it I thought “I wonder if he would have had a late life renaissance or just kept making Baby’s Day Out sequels?”

    “220… 221… whatever it takes.”

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