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Monday, March 06, 2006

Very Interesting

According to wikipedia, director John Hughes refused to release a soundtrack album for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" because he feared that the eclectic collection of songs in the movie would not work well together. Here's a track listing had there been a soundtrack...

1. "Love Missile F1-11" (Extended Version) by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
2. "Jeannie" (theme from I Dream of Jeanie)
3. "Beat City" by the Flowerpot Men
4. "Star Wars" main theme by John Williams
5. "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" (instrumental) by the Dream Academy (a cover of a song by The Smiths)
6. "Danke Schoen" by Wayne Newton
7. "Twist and Shout" by The Beatles (which charted again 16 years after the Beatles broke up, as a result of its appearance in this movie)
8. "Radio People" by Zapp
9. "I'm Afraid" by Blue Room
10. "Taking the day Off" by General Public
11. "The Edge of Forever" by The Dream Academy
12. "March of the Swivelheads" by the English Beat
13. "Oh Yeah" by Yellow
14. "BAD" by Big Audio Dynamite

Pretty interesting stuff considering John Hughes is sometimes credited with popularizing soundtrack sales from his earlier 80's film work. Weird selection indeed but hipsters around the world over would probably cut off an arm to get this, at least a finger.

editor's note: I'm not really happy that I know this but, "Please Please Please..." by The Smiths is featured in another John Hughes film. Can anyone else name the movie and scene?


Anonymous bones said...

I don't know the answer to your question, and I guess it would be cheating to google it, right? Well here's an easy one for you: What other 80s movie used Oh Yeah in the soundtrack?

Actually there were probably a lot, but I'm thinking of one in particular.

Monday, March 06, 2006 11:20:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Kool-Aid man says "OH YEEEEAH!"
Other than that I'm useless.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 12:00:00 AM

Blogger Scrubby Nub and The Bothered Brigade said...

Is it Plains Trains and Autombiles when he runs into John Candy in the train station? Is that even John Hughes, or just Uncle Buck? Shit, is it in Uncle Buck?

Buck Melanoma. Moley Russel's Wort.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 3:07:00 AM

Blogger Scrubby Nub and The Bothered Brigade said...

By the way, that song is great.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 3:07:00 AM

Blogger Scrubby Nub and The Bothered Brigade said...

Damn it. Nevermind.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 3:11:00 AM

Blogger cgpop said...

No one's correct yet, I'd appreciate it if no one googled the answer, b/c that would be cheating. Bones, I'd have to say "The Secret of my Success" when Michael J. Fox is running around his uncle's mansion trying to get laid? I think that's it.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 6:52:00 AM

Blogger Brent said...

I think the Hughes commentary track says that he couldn't get the rights to all the songs from the artists/labels. Sort of similar to how "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" has a shitty soundtrack when played on TV.

"I have a test today -- it's on European socialism. I mean, really, what's the point. I'm not European. I don't plan on being European. So who gives a crap if they're Socialists? They could be Fascist anarchists for all I care - it still wouldn't change the fact that I don't own a car."

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 7:17:00 AM

Blogger chiggers said...

Sanders, I think we should all wondering why you were cruising around of wikipedia... it is the one place where any idiot can post information and we all trust it to be a reliable source. The vaildity of your blogging has just dropped 3 notches. Mwhahaha...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 11:19:00 AM

Blogger cgpop said...

So you mean to tell me that the internet is full of unvalidated bullshit? Interesting theory chiggers, anywho, there still isn't a soundtrack for Ferris Bueller's Day Off, soooooo. Also, no one can answer the question? I guess I'm a bigger dork than I previosly thought. I'll give it a couple of more days.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 6:09:00 PM

Blogger Brent said...

Sorry man, not a fan of the Smiths.

But I can tell you in which movie "Star Wars Theme" appeared.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006 7:54:00 PM

Anonymous Kapps said...

im pretty sure "Please Please..." was also in "Pretty in Pink", but im not sure and i dont remember the scene.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:54:00 AM

Blogger cgpop said...

Nice work Kaplan, a roundabout way of giving the answer. Yes, it was a scene where Jon Crier "Ducky" (one of celuloids biggest all-time zeros) is pining over Molly Ringwold's character in his bed.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 7:15:00 AM

Anonymous elliott said...

"pretty in pink" has a fabulous soundtrack. new order, INXS, psychadelic furs, echo and the bunnymen, the smiths, etc.

i need to find a copy of the dream academy cover. good stuff.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 12:12:00 PM

Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

interesting post, man. i was just thinkng about recent soundtracks (garden state, etc) and how they are totally random and seem to sell very well despite that

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 1:28:00 PM

Blogger Will said...

I think generally one purchases a soundtrack for the individual songs ... especially now that we all listen to music on random, it doesn't seem to matter how well the songs fit next to one another.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 3:54:00 PM

Blogger cgpop said...

Haaagreed on those points fellas.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 6:43:00 PM

Blogger chiggers said...

i wasn't talking about the internet, i was talking about wikipedia. w-i-k-i-p-e-d-i-a.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006 11:41:00 PM

Blogger cgpop said...

good point, it's still a really fun place to go and look stuff up.

Thursday, March 09, 2006 7:12:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post,and it would have made a great soundtrack. I bet most of the song rights would have cleared as it was a huge hit movie.

I couldn't remember re: The Smiths but I would have guessed either pretty in pink or some kind of wonderful.

Saturday, March 18, 2006 8:11:00 PM

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