Film / Music

Life Moves Pretty Fast – The John Hughes Mixtapes comes to Vinyl and CD this November

John Hughes’ filmmaking impact was, and remains, quite extensive but it also helped to flip modern cinema with the use of popular hits, and these songs here soundtracked some of the best films he created throughout the 80s. This unique world all of its own has been collated by Demon Music (who keep bringing the epic) in conjunction with the Hughes family themselves to present the first official compilation of music from those movies by the legendary filmmaker, and this selection has also been curated by Hughes’ music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, covering the classic eighties period 1983 – 1989.

Released on 11 November, with the release available to pre-order now, the 74 tracks on the deluxe 4CD boxset features music from Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Some Kind Of Wonderful, Planes, Trains And Automobiles, She’s Having A Baby, The Great Outdoors and Uncle Buck – All films that have created a lasting cultural impact still felt and referenced across TV, film and music today.

As well as the characters and stories created in the films, what made John Hughes’ movies different from the rest was the symbiotic relationship between what was happening on screen and music. Whether Cameron Frye staring at the painting in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off set to The Dream Academy’s “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What”, Duckie and Andie from Pretty In Pink at prom set to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s “If You Leave”, or Neal and Del’s classic “Those aren’t pillows” scene from Planes, Trains and Automobiles (My word, I LOVE that film) set to Emmylou Harris’ “Back In Baby’s Arms”.

John and his team revolutionised the way music was used in movies, commissioning artists such as Kate Bush (‘This Woman’s Work’ for ‘She’s Having A Baby’) and OMD (‘If You Leave’ for ‘Pretty In Pink) to write new song and giving bands such as Simple Minds and The Psychedelic Furs their biggest hits. Life Moves Pretty Fast, named for the famous quip by Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, documents the influence that music in Hughes’ movies had, which is still felt today in the work of Quentin Tarantino to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and beyond.

John’s son James Hughes on his father’s relationship with music

It serves as a reminder not just to the musicians he championed in the 1980s, but to how intensely his search for music expanded beyond this era. Until his final days, he was still collecting outrageous amounts of music from around the world, galaxies removed from the New Romantic and new wave sounds that, to many, still define him.”

One of John’s closest collaborators was music supervisor and band manager Gotch

Back when we were working on these movie soundtracks, the best way to send music around the world was cassettes by Fedex. We sent John cassettes of newly released music, of demos, of just finished mixes and in return he would send VHS videos of the scenes that needed music. John said he only made movies so he could choose what music to put in them, so as his success at the Box Office grew, and thus his power with the studios, the number of tracks in his films, by up-and-coming UK bands, steadily grew.” 

Life Moves Pretty Fast – The John Hughes Mixtapes, is released as a limited edition 4CD 74-track deluxe CD set also includes a 14-track cassette and re-issue of the 7” single “Beat City” / “I’m Afraid” originally distributed to the John Hughes fan club mailing list upon the release of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It is also available as a limited-edition RED vinyl 6LP boxset, a 25-track black vinyl 2LP version and a standard 4CD 74-track set.

All formats feature imagery of the tapes that John played on set as well as compilations that he made and exclusive interviews and memories from Matthew Broderick, James Hughes, Tarquin Gotch, Ron Payne as well as track-by-track sleeve notes.

Pre-order the CD now: https://amzn.to/3zY9jrm

Pre-order the immense 6LP red vinyl set here: https://amzn.to/3dohXaN

And the 2LP set here: https://amzn.to/3JRRbUC

LIMITED EDITION 73 TRACK RED VINYL 6LP SET

Side A

1. Kajagoogoo – Kajagoogoo (Instrumental)

2. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave

4. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science

5. Furniture – Brilliant Mind

6. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby

Side B

1. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City

2. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink

3. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy

4. Dr. Calculus – Full Of Love

5. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love

6. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version)

Side C

1. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version)

2. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left Of Center

3. Pete Shelley – Do Anything (Soundtrack Version)

4. Carmel – It’s All In The Game

5. The Dream Academy – Power To Believe (Instrumental)

6. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work

Side D

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

Side E

1. Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come and Get It) (US Club Mix)

2. Flesh For Lulu – Slide From The 1989 Movie

3. Love And Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag

4. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)

5. Lords Of The New Church – Method To My Madness

Side F

1. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Single Version)

From The 1987 Movie

2. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses

3. General Public – Tenderness

4. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid

5. Belouis Some – Round, Round

6. Thompson Twins – If You Were Here

7. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental) 3.07

Side G

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

Side H

1. Billy Idol – Catch My Fall

2. The Association – Cherish

3. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium

4. Zapp – Radio People

5. The Blue Room – Cry Like This

Side I

1. Ray Charles – Mess Around

2. Joe Turner – Lipstick, Powder and Paint

3. Darlene Love – (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry

4. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

5. Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra And The Ray Charles Singers – Juke Box Baby

6. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman From The 1989 Movie Uncle Buck

7. Ray Anthony And His Orchestra – The Peter Gunn Theme

Side J

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

Side K

1. Yello – Lost Again (Album Version) 2. Bryan Ferry – Crazy Love

3. The Rave-Ups – Positively Lost Me

4. Los Lobos – Don’t Worry Baby

5. Steve Earle – Continental Trailways Blues (Album Version)

From The 1987 Movie Planes, Trains And Automobiles

6. The Revillos – Rev Up! From The 1984 Movie Sixteen Candles

Side L

1. Boston – More Than A Feeling

2. Balaam And The Angel – I’ll Show You Something Special

3. The Rave-Ups – Rave Up/Shut Up

4. Pop Will Eat Itself – Beaver Patrol

5. The Vapors – Turning Japanese

6. Silicon Teens – Red River Rock

25 TRACK BLACK VINYL 2LP SET

Side A

1. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)

2. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave

3. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science

4. Yello – Oh Yeah

5. Thompson Twins – If You Were Here

6. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love

7. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work

Side B

1. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink

2. Furniture – Brilliant Mind

3. Big Audio Dynamite – BAD

4. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses

5. General Public – Tenderness

6. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental)

Side C

1. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left Of Center

2. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby

3. Dr. Calculus – Full Of Love

4. Killing Joke – Eighties

5. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)

6. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy

Side D

1. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby 2. Pete Shelley – Do Anything

3. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City

4. Bryan Ferry – Crazy Love

5. The Rave-Ups – Positively Lost Me

6. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road – Album Version

‘LIFE MOVES PRETTY FAST’

THE JOHN HUGHES MIXTAPES

LIMITED EDITION 74 TRACK 4CD DELUXE SET + BONUS 7” SINGLE & CASSETTE

LIMITED EDITION 73 TRACK RED VINYL 6LP SET

25 TRACK BLACK VINYL 2LP SET

74 TRACK 4CD SET

RELEASED 11th NOVEMBER ON DEMON/EDSEL

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