Thirty Years Later, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Gets an Official Soundtrack Release

If you came of age in the 80s, you’ll be intimately familiar with all of John Hughes’ teen angst movies. Sixteen Candles. The Breakfast Club. Pretty in Pink. Each came with a fascinating soundtrack album featuring carefully-curated tunes that were just cutting edge enough for this generation. A lot of people were introduced to bands like New Order, the Dream Academy and Psychedelic Furs through these records.

The one Hughes film that didn’t come with a soundtrack was Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Much to the chagrin of the studio and the label associated with his movies, Hughes refused to release a soundtrack for that film because he thought it would be a failure. “Too eclectic,” he said, “No one will ever buy it.”

This didn’t stop hardcore fans of the film creating and trading their own mixtapes featuring music from the film. A number of bootlegs appeared on the marketing, mostly from shady labels in the Far East. And when the Internet came along, the number of Ferris Bueller-inspired playlists exploded.

Now, though, a label called La-La Land Records is releasing the real thing this month. Film Music Reporter offers this tracklisting,

1. Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix) – Sigue Sigue Sputnik (6:58)
2. Oh Yeah – Yello (3:07)
3. Beat City – The Flowerpot Men (3:37)
4. B.A.D. – Big Audio Dynamite (5:47)
5. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Dream Academy (3:09)
6. Danke Schoen – Wayne Newton (2:35)
7. Radio People – Zapp (5:40)
8. I’m Afraid – Blue Room (4:51)
9. The Edge Of Forever – The Dream Academy (4:21)

Original Score by Ira Newborn

10. Ferris In Bed (0:57)
11. Cameron in Bed/Ferris Goes Hawaiian (1:44)
12. I’ll Go (unused) (1:02)
13. Nurse (0:11)
14. Ferris on Line 2 (0:43)
15. Bueller, Ferris Bueller (0:08
16. Mom Checks on Ferris (1:40)
17. Jeannie Turns Ugly (0:34)
18. Rooney on Patrol (1:26)
19. Save It, Ferris (unused) (0:40)
20. Rooney Sneaks Around/Star Wars (Main Title) (2:25)
21. Going to Take a Stand (unused) (3:30)
22. Cameron Takes the Heat (0:55)
23. Oh Shauna Jeannie (0:46)
24. He’s Gonna Marry Me (unused) (1:22)
25. Dog Food Rooney/Ferris Goes to Bed (0:59)
26. Mom, Dad and Ferris (1:34)

Alternate Score Cues:

27. Ferris on Line 2 (alternate) (0:41)
28. Theme From Star Trek (unused) (0:30)
29. Cameron Takes the Heat (alternate) (0:57)

Source Cues:

30. Coughlin Bros. Mortuary (0:27)
31. Celebrated Minuet (1:37)
32. Ballpark Baloney (1:10)
33. Polka Medley (3:18)

Bonus Tracks:

34. I’m Afraid (instrumental film version) – Blue Room (4:51)
35. Twist and Shout (marching band overlay) (2:35)

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