Even in a crowded field of excellent soundtracks, the music from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off stood out. So you might be surprised to learn that a soundtrack was never released. But that’s all about to change. After only 30 years of waiting, Ferris fans (read; everybody who isn’t #TeamJeanie) will have a chance to listen to Yello and The Smiths in the same place.
La La Land Records — a label that specializes in soundtrack releases — has teamed up with Paramount to put together a soundtrack that will include songs used in the movie and the score of the film.
Why the long wait? Apparently, director John Hughes didn’t think a soundtrack for the film would make any sense. (Truthfully, it doesn’t. But that’s part of what makes the movie so great.)
“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?'” Hughes said in an interview with Lollipop. “I mean, would kids want ‘Danke Schöen’ 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.”
If you just need to hear Dream Academy and “March Of The Swivelheads” right this very instant, YouTube user Kimberlee Bongard put together her own playlist of some of the movie’s better-known tracks. Give it a listen up top.