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Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes

Music from John Hughes films

Music was a huge part of filmmaking for him, it was a thing he seemed to like the most

Matthew Broderick

Later this year Demon Music will release Life Moves Pretty Fast: The John Hughes Mixtapes, the first official compilation of music from the movies of the legendary filmmaker, John Hughes.

The collections are issued in conjunction with the Hughes family and have been curated by Hughes’ music supervisor Tarquin Gotch, covering the classic eighties period 1983 – 1989.

A 4CD boxset offers 74 tracks and 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.

The 4CD deluxe edition of Life Moves Pretty Fast includes a seven-inch single and a cassette (click image to enlarge)

In limited edition deluxe edition form the 4CD set comes in a larger outer box with 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. The cassette is very much a nod to the way that John Hughes and his music supervisor Tarquin Gotch would send music to each other in the pre-internet era of the 1980s and indeed the cover artwork for all variants features actual John Hughes cassettes and not photoshopped mock-ups!

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

Music supervisor, Tarquin Gotch
The 6LP edition of Life Moves Pretty Fast is pressed on 6 red vinyl LPs (click image to enlarge)

In addition to the deluxe 4CD edition there is a standard 4CD bookset which obviously doesn’t include the extras from the deluxe and in terms of vinyl you can choose from a 73-track red vinyl 6LP box set or a 2LP black vinyl summary. Full track listings for all formats are below.

Life Moves Pretty Fast will be issued on 11 November 2022, via Demon Music.

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Tracklisting

Life Moves Pretty Fast Various Artists / The John Hughes Mixtapes

    • CD 1
      1.    Kajagoogoo – Kajagoogoo (Instrumental) – From The 1984 Movie ‘From The 1984 Movie Sixteen Candles’
      2. Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) – From The 1985 Movie The Breakfast Club
      3. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – If You Leave – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
      4. Oingo Boingo – Weird Science – From The 1985 Movie Weird Science
      5. Furniture – Brilliant Mind – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
      6. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
      7. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City – From The 1986 Movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
      8. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
      9. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
      10. Dr. Calculus – Full Of Love – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
      11. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
      12. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version) – From The 1987 Movie Planes, Trains And Automobiles
      13. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby (Soundtrack Version) – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
      14. Suzanne Vega & Joe Jackson – Left Of Center – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
      15. Pete Shelley – Do Anything (Soundtrack Version) – From The 1987 Movie Some Kind Of Wonderful
      16. Carmel – It’s All In The Game – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
      17. The Dream Academy – Power To Believe (Instrumental) – From The 1987 Movie Planes, Trains And Automobiles
      18. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work – From The 1988 Movie She’s Having A Baby
      19. New Order – Elegia (2015 Remaster) – From The 1986 Movie Pretty In Pink
    • CD 2
      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
      7. Gene Loves Jezebel – Desire (Come and Get It) (US Club Mix)
      8. Flesh For Lulu – Slide
      9. Love And Rockets – Haunted When The Minutes Drag
      10. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)
      11. Lords Of The New Church – Method To My Madness
      12. The Jesus And Mary Chain – The Hardest Walk (Single Version)
      13. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
      14. General Public – Tenderness
      15. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid
      16. Belouis Some – Round, Round
      17. Thompson Twins – If You Were Here
      18. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental) 3.07
    • CD 3
      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
      8. Billy Idol – Catch My Fall
      9. The Association – Cherish
      10. Penguin Cafe Orchestra – Music For A Found Harmonium
      11. Zapp – Radio People
      12. The Blue Room – Cry Like This
      13. Ray Charles – Mess Around
      14. Joe Turner – Lipstick, Powder and Paint
      15. Darlene Love – (Today I Met) The Boy I’m Gonna Marry
      16. Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
      17. Perry Como With Mitchell Ayres And His Orchestra And The Ray Charles Singers – Juke Box Baby
      18. The Chordettes – Mr. Sandman
      19. Ray Anthony And His Orchestra – The Peter Gunn Theme
    • CD 4
      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
      7. Yello – Lost Again (Album Version)
      8. Bryan Ferry – Crazy Love
      9. The Rave-Ups – Positively Lost Me
      10. Los Lobos – Don’t Worry Baby
      11. Steve Earle – Continental Trailways Blues (Album Version)
      12. The Revillos – Rev Up!
      13. Boston – More Than A Feeling
      14. Balaam And The Angel – I’ll Show You Something Special
      15. The Rave-Ups – Rave Up/Shut Up
      16. Pop Will Eat Itself – Beaver Patrol
      17. The Vapors – Turning Japanese
      18. Silicon Teens – Red River Rock
    • Cassette
      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
      3. Yello – Oh Yeah
      4. Dave Wakeling – She’s Having A Baby
      5. Lick The Tins – Can’t Help Falling In Love
      6. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City
      7. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Six Days On The Road (Album Version)
      8. Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work
      Side B
      1. The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
      2. Furniture – Brilliant Mind
      3. Killing Joke – Eighties
      4. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – Love Missile F1-11 (Ultraviolence Mix)
      5. Flesh For Lulu – I Go Crazy
      6. Echo & The Bunnymen – Bring On The Dancing Horses
      7. General Public – Tenderness
      8. Kirsty MacColl – You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet Baby
      9. The Dream Academy – Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want (Instrumental)
    • 7″ single
      Side A

      1. The Flowerpot Men – Beat City

      Side B

      1. The Blue Room – I’m Afraid

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