Listen to This: ‘Bueller’ finally gets an official soundtrack release
The 30-year-old comedy has some of the best uses of music in film.
Jun. 23, 2016
Movie soundtracks can be much more than a bunch of songs playing to fill up auditory space in the background of a film. They can enhance the mood of a scene, add to the humor or be the inspiration for a memorable music- or dance-based scene. And really, what better movie to demonstrate this than John Hughes’ “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
Not only is “Bueller” simply one of the best watches of all-time, it expertly uses its music. There is, of course, the famous parade scene with “Danke Schoën” by Wayne Newton and “Twist And Shout” by The Beatles. (Though, to be honest, you could classify every scene in the movie as famous.) But in other moments the soundtrack adds to the movie just as much, even though it’s not a scene strictly centered around music.
One of the best examples of using music to enhance humor in any movie is when the parking attendants take Cameron’s father’s car for a ride. The moment the open road appears and the “Star Wars” fanfare starts playing at the exact same time, the flight of the Ferrari becomes 10 times funnier.
Similarly, the very same car is introduced to us with “Oh Yeah” by Yello. After watching “Bueller” so many times, it’s practically impossible to imagine any other song playing in the background when you first get a glance of that Ferrari. It’s like the moviemakers had a crystal ball that would tell them the perfect track for that exact moment.
Despite the fact that “Bueller” masterfully uses music or that these songs have become forever linked with the movie, an official soundtrack was never released. That is, until now.
For the movie’s 30th anniversary this year, La-La Land Records and Paramount Pictures will finally combine forces to release the soundtrack the world’s been waiting for.
According to Billboard, the soundtrack was never released 30 years ago because Hughes didn’t like the idea.
“A&M [Records] 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 told 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 ... I just didn't think anybody would like it.”
There’s no way to know until it’s out, but I’m pretty sure people will like it. At least, I certainly will. While there’s no official release date out yet, it will most likely be during 2016 in honor of the film’s 30th anniversary. If you want to get a head start, check out this unofficial Spotify playlist collecting the songs in the film: