30 years after the most famous day off ever, Paramount is teaming up with La-La Land Records to release an official soundtrack for the film that has inspired generations to “stop and look around.”
In the midst of the 1980s, the crowning decade for teen movies with incredible soundtracks, it was nothing short of odd that one wasn’t released for Ferris Bueller. Director John Hughes had even seen “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds, from his previous film, The Breakfast Club, reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
But Hughes had a reason, per an interview with Lollipop:
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?” I mean, would kids want “Dankeschöen” 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.
While Wayne Newton’s “”Dankeschöen doesn’t quite have the same angsty punch of “Don’t You Forget About Me,” fans across the board likely agree it’s not really about the songs, but about what they meant to the Day Off. It’s about being able to slide a disc into your car’s radio and immediately seeing Ferris lip-syncing on that parade float with obscene confidence. Besides, “Twist and Shout” on an album alongside Zapp’s “Radio People” means everyone will love it, including the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads…
There isn’t a release date for the official Ferris Bueller’s Day Off soundtrack yet, but Salon reports it could come out as early as September. Enjoy our recent feature on the film right here.